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Posted: Wed Jan 9, 2019 8:16pm
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HeatherBob

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Hi, we are coming out to Santa Pola early February, wonder if anyone can recommend someone that can keep us straight applying for our NIE and ultimately residency, basically guide us through the maze, i am aware its supposed to be simple but on reading up it appears to be anything but simple, also we have been told there is a 2 to 3 month wait for NIE appointments, can anyone confirm if that is correct, the whole idea coming out next month was to get our NIE prior to brexit and 29th March, is there any way to get an NIE appointment faster, any help appreciated.

Bryan995

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Wed Jan 9, 2019 10:22pm

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Location: Torrevieja

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Posted: Wed Jan 9, 2019 10:22pm

Good evening Heather...Although this lady operates some distance from you, (Murcia), Santi Vidal is an EXPERT in these situations...Please contact Santi (española, speaks perfect English): [email protected] (Torrevieja).

mikem

Wed Jan 9, 2019 10:40pm

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Location: Santa Pola

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Posted: Wed Jan 9, 2019 10:40pm

Hi my lawyer in spain has done 3  NiE for me they speek total English see there web site 

jimtaylor

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:46am

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:46am

It's easier and quicker to get an NIE if you can get to the Spanish consulate in London or Edinburgh:

https://www.costablancaforum.com/area/almorad%C3%AD-spain-11/taxes-suma-nie-tax-advice-in-almorad%C3%AD-25/jims-guide-the-nie-39463/


Cheryl

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:11am

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:11am

Hello both, we used Uma at getlegalinspain.com. She is Spanish and speaks perfect English. She is based in Torrevieja but she met us wherever we needed to go for appointments.
Can someone with more knowledge please comment re getting the NIE before March 29th as I thought it was the Residencia that was important before Brexit. I understood the NIE is basically a list of foreigners here for 3 months whilst the Residencia is acceptance that you reside here permanently and have proved you have the means to do so and may or may not be the paperwork to give some protection post Brexit.
I am more than happy to be put right on this!

jimtaylor

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:17am

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:17am

You're correct. The best-case scenario is that anyone with legal residency at whatever the cut-off date is should be able to swap residency for residencia. If someone has an NIE but not residency, the NIE won't be of any help.

RayD

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:47pm

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:47pm

Cheryl wrote on Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:11am:

Hello both, we used Uma at getlegalinspain.com. She is Spanish and speaks perfect English. She is based in Torrevieja but she met us wherever we needed to go for appointments.
Can someone with more knowledge please comment re getting the NIE before March 29th as I thought it was the Residencia that was important before Brexit. I understood the NIE is basically a list of foreigners here for 3 months whilst the Residencia is acceptance that you reside here permanently and have proved you have the means to do so and may or may not be the paperwork to give some protection post Brexit.
I am more than happy to be put right on this!

The NIE is a foreigner's identification number, 'Número de Identificación de Extranjero' and you need it for just about every transaction is Spain. You do need an appointment to get it, which has to be made online.

Before March 29th you can apply on form EX – 18 'Solicitud de inscripción en el Registro Central de Extranjeros Residencia Ciudadano de la UE' but after that date you may have to apply on form X-15 'Solicitud de Número de Identidad de Extranjero (NIE) y Certificado', if the UK has left the EU.

I'm not sure what the waiting time is for the national police station serving Santa Pola.

If you are buying a property your abogado may be able to make the appointment for you but you will have to appear in person to get it.

PeteKnight

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:50pm

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:50pm

The NIE is basically a tax reference number, similar to how the National Insurance Number is used in the UK.

You need an NIE before you can do anything that involves paying tax. This includes buying a house or a car.

As Jim said, you’d find it quicker and probably cheaper to get your NIE issued in the UK before you leave.

Pete.

HeatherBob

HeatherBob

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:28pm

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Location: Alicante City

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:28pm

Thanks to all that have replied, very helpful, for info we tried Edinburgh Consul but their first appointment is middle of February, London consul has plenty open appointments so we might end up going there though its a distance from Aberdeen.

Cheryl

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Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:41pm

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Location: Albatera

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Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:41pm

Hello again, I am still concerned that your timescale for wanting to get the NIE before March 29th means you believe that this will afford you some kind of right to become a resident after that time. Getting an NIE won´t make any difference to your ability to get Residency now or later, but you will need one to buy a property. Depending on agreements on Brexit, or extra ones specifically between the UK and Spain, you will either have to qualify under the existing rules as an EU citizen, existing rules for a non-EU immigrant or somewhere inbetween. 
Please note Jim Taylor´s post.

Getting the NIE and buying a property in no way guarantees you will get accepted as a resident.

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