Nie Barcelona

NIE Number in Barcelona: why is it so complicated?

The infamous NIE Barcelona-process: BCN Buddy knows how hard and frustrating it can be to get a NIE. Barcelona Newcomers tend to struggle with this task, but it is necessary to have one. Don’t worry we are here to help!

The Spanish government keeps a register of every foreigner coming to Barcelona. You need to be in the register in order to be able to pay taxes, to buy a house, to invest, to work, basically for everything you need. The NIE is your civil registration number as well as your tax identification number.

NIE Barcelona: Why is it so notoriously hard to get one?

Many thousands of people need the NIE Number and the Spanish government is basically overwhelmed by the volume of work this generates. So they came up with this system of “citas previas”, planned appointments, which you need in order to request one. Getting an appointment can be impossible when the servers are overloaded, and then actually getting the appointment alone becomes its own problem.

The interesting thing is that if you come well prepared, you can get the job done in a matter of half a day. You go through the steps, you have the right documents and that’s it. Sounds easy, no?

The NIE Barcelona-process is complicated because it can go wrong in one of the multiple steps that it consists of: getting the right documents, filling out the right form, paying the tax, getting the actual number. Or simply because the civil servant that works has a bad day and does not feel like helping you. It’s a shame, but it’s the reality.

BCN Buddy gets the job done, and we do it fast.

People can literally take months to go through the NIE Barcelona process. But we know how to get you through it fast and prepared. Here is our secret.

  1. We make sure you bring the right documentation
  2. We arrange the appointment (cita previa) for you
  3. We accompany you to the office
  4. We will help you with every step
  5. We know what to do when local employees don’t collaborate

Do you want to know how we can help you to get your NIE in Barcelona?