What’s the difference between a TIE, NIE and residency?
Basically, the TIE card and residency are the same thing. European citizens who wish to live in Spain are issued with a green residency document. As from 2020, British nationals who wish to live in Spain are now issued with a TIE card as we are no longer considered European citizens. If you are a British citizen and already have a green residency card, it isn’t legally necessary to change this to a TIE card. However, you may wish to do so for practical reasons. See this article on how to change to a TIE.
An NIE number is a fiscal number which you are issued is you wish to buy or sell anything in Spain or if you wish to work. Your NIE number is added to your residency document if you wish to be resident in Spain. Your NIE number is a permanent number and doesn’t change. Having an NIE number does not mean you are resident in Spain. If you wish to get an NIE number but don’t necessarily want to be resident, you can see more information HERE.
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*this article will be updated regularly as changes to the legislation occur and when new information comes to light. Be sure to check back to see new updates.