EU citizens can’t legally get permission to reside in Andalucia at the moment

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 Continue reading EU citizens can’t legally get permission to reside in Andalucia at the moment

NIE rolls over to a new number

The NIE (Numero de Indentificacion de Extranjeros, or Foreigners Identification Number), has been, since time immemorial, a number that starts with X and ends with a control digit. IE, X1234567L. Check out Gabilos.com for a free app to generate your own. Well… it seems that there are now so many foreigners in Spain that they have had to change the system. So NIEs now start with Y and are one digit less – the previous Continue reading NIE rolls over to a new number

The NIE

So, together with the brother in law, I popped into the “Oficina de Extranjeros”  in Almeria. To get his NIE, of course. We queued with a lot of… shall we call them “non EU citizens”? Lovely fellas. Pity the majority don’t seem to know about deodorent. Still, they smile a lot, even if they don’t seem to have all of their teeth. After about 45 minutes, we got called up to desk 47. A very Continue reading The NIE