Confusion reigns for EU citizens trying to get their NIE numbers at the moment.
Basically, Madrid has ordered that all foreigners coming to live in Spain must prove that they are able to support themselves, but then left it up to the regions of Spain to define “support themselves”. Despite the fact that the EU rules that all EU citizens have the right to live where they’d like to within the union.
Seville, responsible for Andalucia, has not clarified the meaning of “support themselves”, meaning that the National Police are unable to issue NIE numbers to EU citizens until someone pulls their finger out and issues a directive.
It’s been over two months now, and the foreigners office in Almeria continues to refuse to issue appointments due to the huge backlog.
The gf has spoken to a “senior official” in the oficina de extranjeros (he didn’t want to be identified) who confirmed that he’s got files on his desk that are now approaching three months, at which point technically under the law they are considered to have been rejected via silencio administrativo and the forienger must be deported. He didn’t like to say what would happen then, but confirmed that technically every case file would require a ministerial review.
Andalucia, instead of clarifying the issue, has now gone and announced that it will take Madrid to court over the new finance of the health service bill, which amongst other things included this cause.
I’ve actually been involved in drafting a question to the British Embassy over the rights of British citizens attempting to get their NIE here in Spain, and it will be interesting to see if they bother to reply.