Update Regarding 2nd Year NIE Renewal Process

This post is intended for current teaching assistants in Spain (auxiliares de conversación) who are planning to teach again for the 2011-12 school year. I cannot provide definitive information on the NIE renewal processs (I don’t think anybody can, because answers vary widely depending on your region, who you ask, and how lucky you get when you go to the Foreigner’s Office). All I can do is share my personal experience and provide some information which will hopefully be helpful.

On Friday, May 13th, I went to the Jaén Foreigner’s Office with Ben to attempt to renew my NIE. We both currently work in the region of Jaén and are switching to Cataluña for next year. Though we both had scheduled appointments, only Ben’s was in the system, so he went inside to turn in his documents and I accomplished nothing that day. They accepted Ben’s application and told him his new card would be mailed to him this summer. In this blog post he explains all the documents they asked for, though for reasons I am about to explain, be skeptical that your experience will be the same as his.

Yesterday, May 23rd, I returned to Jaén with exactly the documents Ben had turned in. I was with another auxiliar friend who currently works in Jaén and will be in Jaén again for her 2nd year. Though we had both the same forms as Ben, we were both told that NIE renewal is impossible for us. The only document they even looked at was my placement letter from Cataluña. My friend and I were ultimately sent to a man who is supposedly the boss, and he said that because we finish teaching in May and don’t start again until October, they will not renew our cards. Instead we have to go back to the U.S., apply for visas and then restart the process to apply for NIEs in the fall. They insisted they were doing me a favor by rejecting all my documents, because they said eventually they’d get rejected anyhow and I would have wasted a month waiting. For this reason, Ben is now planning to apply for a visa too, in case his renewal request is ultimately denied.

There is a Facebook group where other auxiliares have been sharing information and I found this quote there from an email sent to a Jaén auxiliar. I hope nobody minds me pasting it here:

“He hablado con la Oficina de Extranjeros y me confirman que, en efecto, la renovación como auxiliar de conversación es efectiva desde el 1 de octubre próximo, por lo que desde el 1 de junio, y hasta esa fecha, se ha perdido la condición de auxiliar de conversación. Según me explica la persona con la que he hablado, es necesario obtener un nuevo visado para proceder a un nuevo permiso de estancia en España. He hablado también con las personas de la Consejería de Educación. Me dicen que han notificado al Ministerio de Educación esta incidencia, aunque no garantizan que esto sea finalmente útil. Lo lamento.”

I think auxiliares in other regions of Andalucía may be having more success, but I am really not sure. If you are in Jaén though, you will probably need to get a new visa, so let’s hope there is enough time to get all the forms processed this summer to have visas by the fall. If anyone has more information or advice, please share in the comments.

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6 Responses to Update Regarding 2nd Year NIE Renewal Process

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  2. avatar Evan says:

    I’m an auxiliar in Granada and we have it even worse (or stranger). They say that since they are renewing the card from JUNE onwards that you need health insurance coverage for the entire summer until October 1st (even if you’re not going to be in Spain). Of course another friend of mine was not told this and is suppposed to have her card mailed to her in a month….

    Good luck

    • avatar Eve Richer says:

      Yes, I’ve heard weird rumors about people needing to get new health insurance and put lots of money in their bank accounts. Not sure. Regardless, I just got back to the U.S. last night so first thing I’m going to do is get fingerprints for the FBI check. I lost all hope for the NIE renewal long ago but perhaps there are some out there in different regions that are having more luck.

  3. avatar JMV26 says:

    First of all I want to know when your TIE Card expire. It supposed that if your card expires on september or october. Taking in account that date you have to make your appointment 1 month before it expires. You have to make your appointment in Cataluña. They will never give you an appointment before that date of expiration so you can go to USA and return to Spain and they will never know that you were out of Spain in that time. I think the problem comes because you make an appointment to early(in the case that the TIE expire in sept/oct).

    ***That was my experience because I was studying in Spain in 2007/2008 and that was the renew process in Madrid. Now I am going to be at Madrid as an Auxiliar, but obviously I need the visa because I am in USA right no.

    • avatar Eve Richer says:

      I wish my card had a Sep or Oct expiration. Unfortunately it already expired on May 31st so that has been the source of many people’s problems. I am back in the U.S. now and have already started the steps to apply for my visa. I’ll have to get a new TIE card when I’m back in Spain…

      • avatar Celeste says:

        Exactly they have to go to renew to the new region. And as I told in the other post about reiewnng the TIE: First of all I want to know when your TIE Card expire. It supposed that if your card expires on september or october. Taking in account that date you have to make your appointment 1 month before it expires. You have to make your appointment in Cataluf1a. They will never give you an appointment before that date of expiration so you can go to USA and return to Spain and they will never know that you were out of Spain in that time. I think the problem comes because you make an appointment to early(in the case that the TIE expire in sept/oct).***That was my experience because I was studying in Spain in 2007/2008 and that was the renew process in Madrid. Now I am going to be at Madrid as an Auxiliar, but obviously I need the visa because I am in USA right now.

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