All students from outside the EU entering Spain with the D type visa – 90 days, must obtain a Foreigner Identity Card / NIE within one month of entry into Spain. This document replaces the visa initially granted in the country of origin and legalises their stay in Spain, in addition to giving them the right to travel to all countries which have signed the Schengen Agreement, without needing to obtain a visa for each country. The maximum period granted by the NIE as a student is one year. Therefore, students who enrol in a program whose duration exceeds one year, should extend the residency authorization each year. The Foreigner Identity Card is granted according to the duration of the course or training to be taken.
The only students who must obtain a NIE are those with a D type visa – 90 days.
Students from the European Union who will reside in Spain for a period exceeding three months do not have to obtain a Foreigner Identity Card / NIE, but are required to register as Citizens of the European Union.
For more information, please click here: EU Registration Certificate.
Lost or stolen NIE
In the event of loss or theft of the NIE, you must notify this loss to the National Police in the form of a “denuncia” or report as soon as possible.
Make a REPORT.
* Telephone reports can be made in several languages:
English: 9.00-21.00 h.
French: 9.00-21.00 h.
German: 9.00-15.00 h.
Italian: 9.00-15.00 h.
Return Authorization (for travel outside Spain, while the NIE is pending)
If your NIE card is pending renewal or you are waiting for your first NIE (after a favourable outcome of the initial authorization) and have to travel outside Spain, you need to request a Return Authorization: this is a permit granting exit and subsequent return to the Spanish territory within 90 days.
* The content of these pages is for information only, and only the provisions of the regulations in force at the time of the request apply. For more information, please contact the Immigration Portal.