- Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:46 am
If you are a citizen of an EU country, your national ID is sufficient for most things. Widely believed statements that are NOT true:
- you need a NIE to rent an apartment
- you need a NIE to open a bank account
Both my bank account and apartment lease in Spain used my passport number.
Anyway, you could actually continue to use a bank account in another EU country, since IBAN transfers are so easy. Just research which local banks do not charge ATM fees.
Also, unlike many of the people spouting opinions online, I have read the actual Spanish law. If you apply for an NIE, they are required to give it to you within five days. The ONLY legal reason for denial is “being in irregular situation” which apparently means illegal immigrant, which annEU citizen cannot be.
On the other hand, in Spain, the law means nothing until the official doing what he wants thinks you might go to court. Took me two months to get an NIE in spite of a local helping agency quoting the law to them.
If you plan to work in Spain, you probably need more than NIE but I am not well-informed on work rules (retired from a non-EU country).