UPDATE, May 24, 2011: Please take the following information with a grain of salt. It seems like Jaén is not accepting renewal applications anymore so it’s very possible that my request will be denied later this summer. Eve posted more information here. We also have articles about Spain’s teaching program and the FBI Certificate.
I am repeating the Auxiliar program for a second year. Can I renew my NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjeros) while I’m in Spain, or do I have to get a new visa in the United States this summer?
The simple answer is that either option can work. This post will talk about exactly how and what you need to renew your NIE card if you are still in Spain and have received your second year placement. This was unclear to me until recently, so I hope this information can be of help to anyone planning to come back for another year.
Disclaimer: Below I outline the process that worked for me. I currently teach in the province of Jaén and have a 2nd year placement in Cataluña. Everything went smoothly for me last week in the Jaén Foreigner’s Office but I recommend double checking with your own region’s Foreigner’s Office to make sure the requirements listed below are the same.
Steps to renew your NIE:
First of all, you can’t renew until you have your official regional placement letter. (I received mine in the beginning of May.) Once you have that you need to call your region’s Foreigner’s Office (Officina de Extranjeros) to set up an appointment.
At the appointment I was asked for these documents:
- My original passport and a copy of my ENTIRE passport (every page!)
- My NIE card and a copy of both sides
- Confirmation letter that proved I would be an Auxiliar next year and would receive a monthly stipend and health insurance. (These were the papers that I received in the mail from Cataluña. They let me keep the original documents and just took the copies. So make copies of these.)
- One photo ID standard size over white background.
- The EX_11 form filled out and a copy.
- Proof of original letter proving placement for THIS YEAR. (They looked at this, and then let me keep it.)
After the appointment I went to a nearby bank to pay 16.32 euros and then went back to the Foreigner’s Office to deliver the receipt to them that same morning. They said you have a maximum of 8 days to pay the deposit.
They told me the NIE card will arrive to me by mail within the next three months (it will be mailed to my school address in Spain which I listed in section 6 of the EX_11 form). Because I will be leaving Spain by June 1st to spend the summer in the United States, I have asked my school to keep an eye out and send my new NIE card to my home address in the United States.
All in all, it only takes one successful appointment and all the correct paperwork. If I discover any sort of update beyond what’s written here, I will add it to this post.