A step by step guide through the forms (with translations), documents, payments, appointments/citas previas, lotes, and process of getting your TIE.
This is such a pain in the butt that I won't blame you if you decide to just hire a gestor or asesoria to get the appointment for you.
As you probably know by now, you'll need to get your TIE (foreigners identification card) within 90 days of arrival in Spain in order to maintain your rights as a temporary resident on a visa for Spain beyond those 90 days. Here's a step by step guide to getting your TIE card with as little pain as possible.
Upon establishing residence in Spain (either you received a visa for temporary residence or through your European right to residence), you'll need to embark on the TIE application process. The following steps are for any non-EU resident's TIE application based on a temporary residence visa (NLV, etc):
Gestores and Asesorias are often mentioned on the forum and articles around the site when discussing issues of bureaucracy. We realized many of you don't know what a gestor is or how to find one. This article is to inform you about what a gestor is and what he/she can do for you.
Information on getting your TIE, NIE, social security number and other forms of identification for expat residents of Spain.
Spain Expat's helpful list of embassies and consulates for your home country and Spain. Includes American, Canadian, British, Irish, Australian, and Dutch embassies in Spain.
The padrón is the single most important evidence of residency – you might even need it before you get a visa or residency. Brits just learned this the hard way with Brexit in 2020. Learn how to empadronarse, the benefits of the padrón, the pitfalls and the documents you'll need to present to complete and renew the empadronamiento in your town or city.
Information which would be helpful to you if you are planning on applying for residency in Spain as a non-EU Spouse
This article is about what are, and how to use, the official consumer complaint forms, known as Hojas de Reclamaciones, which allow any consumer who has a complaint against a Spanish restaurant, bar, shop, service provider, and many other businesses, to enter the complaint officially and easily.