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Information on residing on Gran Canaria
 
Gran Canaria is an island, where it is necessary to have your paperwork in order, and to the correct paperwork comes the correct Identification numbers.

Information on how to get your NIE number, social security number and other forms of identification, will be told in this article, so please pay attention.

Whether you become a resident on
Gran Canaria or remain non-resident, it is important to know, that if you have financial affairs in Spain, i.e. ownership of property, a tax identification number is a must.

DNI: ( Documento Nacional de Identidad ): This is the ID number for Spanish citizens.  The same number is used for one's driver’s license.

NIF: ( Número de Identificación Fiscal ): This is the tax ID number for all individuals.  For all Spaniards, it's the DNI plus one letter; for foreigners, it's the same number as your NIE. Once you have an NIE, you do not need to re-apply for an NIF; if and when you have to pay taxes, use your NIE number. If you're a non-resident who has to pay taxes in Spain, you may get an NIF issued to you without having an NIE. This, of course, does not mean you get automatic residency in Spain, nor will it make it any easier to get residency.

CIF: ( Certificado de Identificación Fiscal ): This is the the same as the NIF, but for companies.

Non-Spanish residents have a tax reference number referred to as a "NIE" or "Numero de Identification Extranjero".

NIE:
( Numero Identificacion Extranjeros ): The immigration service issues this number to you once you obtain residency ( you will find the number on your Resident Card ).  This is your identification number in Spain, and it is unique to you. You will need to take a photocopy of the important pages of your passport, and bring them as well, until you have your residency card. The NIE number is needed in order to file taxes, open a bank account ( you don't have to, if it's  foreign accounts ), establish a business,  and for almost any other form you fill out.  Both EU citizens and non-EU citizens get issued an NIE number.

An NIE number is essentially a tax number for foreigners in Spain. You need one if you are going to buy a house or a car, if you want to apply for residencia or are going to work for a Spanish company. To get an NIE number, you need to go to the extranjeros department at your nearest Comisaria ( The police station for Policia Nacional, not the  Policia Local ). You can get a Gestor to apply for you, but it will cost you about 100 €. To do it your self, go to the National Police station in Maspalomas and collect an application form, or (
You can download this form here: ). This is a simple process providing you follow the guidelines. You will need to take your passport. The forms are fairly straightforward and you will have your NIE number within 2-6 weeks of applying.

 
HOW TO FILL IN THE N.I.E. APPLICATION FORM
   
1 DATOS PERSONALES Means PERSONAL DETAILS
   
1er Apellido: Surname
2º Apellido: ( Second Surname ) Write chiffons instead (---)
Nombre: First Name ( Make sure to use same as in passport )
Fecha de Nacimiento: Date of birth ( Use two digits for day and month )
Lugar de nacimiento: Place of birth
Sexo: Gender "H" for Male (Hombre) and "M" Female (Mujer). X cross the one applicable
Estado Civil: Status. S for single C for married. V for widow and D for divorced
País de nacimiento: Country of Birth
País de nacionalidad: Current Nationality
Nombre del padre: Father´s name  ( Also if dead )
Nombre de la madre: Mother´s name  ( Also if dead )
Domicilio en España: Address in Spain ( If you have one, otherwise leave blank )
Localidad: Town
CP: Postcode
Provincia: Province
   

2)
Reasons for application:
Economic, Professional or Social (Tick professional for work reasons or social for house purchase)

3)
DOMICILIO A EFECTOS DE NOTIFICACIONES
Leave blank

Sign the form at the bottom, under 'Firma de solícitante'.

Complete the form and take it back to the National Police station, along with a photocopy. You also need to provide your original passport and a photocopy. That's it! You will then be told to return in approx. 4 weeks time when your number will be ready to collect. You need this number to do anything fiscal in Spain such as open a bank account. (This can also be done with your passport number).

 
 

 

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