The Irish Guide – Moving to Spain, Andalucia – Our Quick Guide!

The most important step to moving here is, of course, joining the Costa Gaels (and paying your membership fees). Then you get all this lovely health, happiness, and HELP! 

Then you need to get all the crappy legal stuff below sorted. Yes, it’s important.

Moving to Andalucia, Spain: Residence Permit, Empadronamiento, and NIE Number


Residence Permit (TIE – Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero):
To live in Andalucia, Spain, you’ll need a residence permit.

Here’s how to obtain it:

  • Before arriving in Spain, secure a long-term visa (visado de larga duración) from the Spanish consulate or embassy in your home country.
  • Upon arrival in Andalucia, within 30 days, apply for a TIE at the local Foreigners’ Office (Oficina de Extranjeros) or the police station.
  • Required documents usually include your passport, visa, proof of financial means, and completed application forms. Check specific requirements at your local office.


Empadronamiento (Registration at the Local Town Hall):
Empadronamiento is essential for residency and various services.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Visit your local town hall (Ayuntamiento) in Andalucia.
  • Bring your TIE, rental agreement or property deed, and proof of address (e.g., utility bill).
  • Complete the empadronamiento form provided by the town hall.
  • Once processed, you’ll receive a certificate of empadronamiento as proof of your residence.


NIE Number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero): The NIE is your identification number in Spain.
To get one:

  • Visit the nearest National Police station or designated office.
  • Fill out the NIE application form (EX-15) and provide a photocopy along with the original of your TIE, passport, and a reason for needing the NIE (e.g., work, study, property purchase).
  • Pay the required fee (usually in the form of a tax called Modelo 790) at a local bank and obtain proof of payment.
  • Return to the police station with your proof of payment to collect your NIE certificate.

Remember to always check with the specific town hall and police station in Andalucia for any local variations or updates in the application process.

Keep copies of all documents and follow any additional instructions given by the authorities to ensure a smooth transition to living in Andalucia, Spain.

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