Whether you are a newbie or a renewal, obtaining your TIE is the way to stay in Spain legally once your initial visa expires. Here are the steps on how to make a TIE appointment.
If you are a renewal, you first have to make sure that your prórroga de estancia application has received a RESUELTO-FAVORABLE, or favorable result (approved). You need the proof of your approval when you go to your TIE appointment. If you haven’t started it, click on this link to view my post about how to make a prórroga appointment.
1. Go to the Sede Electrónica’s website.
You may click on this link to go to the government office’s website to make appointments.
2. Select your province from the dropdown.
Once done, click Aceptar.
There are 52 choices from this list, which includes the cities of Ceuta and Melilla off the coast of Africa (they are autonomous cities of Spain).
In order to know which province to choose, check your carta de nombramiento and look for your school’s address. You can only make your TIE appointment within the province where your school is located (and, for practical purposes, it is assumed that you will be living in the same province).
Madrid is an autonomous community with no province. Its capital, and the country’s capital, is also called Madrid (sharing this tidbit in case you don’t know yet).
3. Choose the Fingerprint Appointment.
The next page will show you the list of services offered by the Comisaría (police station) of your province.
Next to “TRÁMITES DISPONIBLES PARA LA PROVINCIA SELECCIONADA“, click on the box that says “Despliegue para ver trámites disponibles en esta provincia“. From these choices, select “POLICIA-TOMA DE HUELLAS (EXPEDICIÓN DE TARJETA) Y RENOVACIÓN DE TARJETA DE LARGA DURACIÓN“.
NOTE: Toma de huellas means to take fingerprints. The Comisaría will take your fingerprints and this will be printed into the TIE.
As mentioned above, the services offered by the Comisarías differ by province. Some have more, some have less.
4. Make sure you have all the required documents.
The next page will have a detailed list of the requirements for the TIE appointment for all purposes. Just click on Entrar after reading the reminders.
For auxiliares, both new and renewal, the requirements are:
- Filled out Form EX-17. Get the form here. Print 2 copies of the first 2 pages only.
- Current passport and copy all of the pages with stamps. If you have renewed your passport, bring the old one with all the stamped pages. They especially need to see your entry stamp in Spain and the visa when you first came to the country.
- Paid tasa Modelo 790 Código 012. Click here to go to the website. You will fill out the form online (can’t save it blank), save and print, and go to the bank nearest you to pay. You can also pay your tasa through an ATM. As of 2020 the tasa for first-time TIE application is €15,76 and the TIE renewal is €18,92. No need to photocopy the tasa papers, because the form will have four pages; one for you, one for the Comisaría, one for the bank should you pay over-the-counter, and one page with instructions. UPDATE: The tasa has increased for 2021.
- One recent ID photo. In color, and on white background. It should be 3,2 x 2,6cm per the Sede Electronica website.
- Carta de nombramiento. This will prove that your school is assigned to the province where you requested the TIE appointment.
- Certificate of empadronamiento. This is the certificate that proves you are a registered resident in the province. You will probably get away with this when getting your TIE for the first time, but this is a requirement for renewals. Go to your Ayuntamiento’s website to make an appointment and know the requirements.
- Printout of Appointment. You can print out the email if you opted to receive an email, or save and print the appointment confirmation as soon as you finish making the appointment.
For renewals, the additional requirements are:
- Resolución de concesión. This is the document that you will get after applying for the prórroga de estancia. This year, some provinces allowed people to print the resuelto-favorable from the website, but normally you need to wait for the official letter.
- Expired TIE. Also bring a photocopy.
5. Fill out the needed information.
If you are a newbie/first-timer, you can tick the Pasaporte option, especially if you don’t have your NIE yet. For renewals, you can use either.
Some people had more luck getting their appointment if they don’t put the fecha de caducidad (expiration date) of their old TIE.
Click Aceptar once done.
6. Look for an available date and time.
Verify that your info on the next page is correct, and click Solicitar Cita.
The next page should show a calendar with available dates, and the second column will show the available times for that day. Click on your choices, enter your phone number and email address, and then click Confirmar. That’s it!
Unfortunately, this year it has been extra hard to get an appointment. The Comisaría already had a huge backlog before the lockdown in Spain, and with work suspended during lockdown there were were more backlogs. This is why people often see this message after clicking Solicitar Cita.
Just keep trying. Some people have had luck as specific time and day of the week, but it varies per province. It took me about 3 weeks of trying, and the Sede Electronica’s website crashing, before I finally got an appointment. It’s there, but you have to be super quick about entering your details or else, the appointment will be gone!
Is there a way to get around it? I’m a newbie.
No, all auxiliares are required to get a TIE, and the Comisaría does not allow proxies/representatives to do it for you. Remember, they need to take your fingerprint, so it has to be done in person.
I don’t have a Spanish phone number yet! What can I do?
You can either 1) use your school’s number, or 2) use a friend’s number.
Can I do my TIE appointment at any province with available appointments?
No. You can only do it in the province of your school, or the province where you are residing at the time of the program.
How soon should I make the TIE appointment?
If you are a newbie, you are free to make it even before your arrival in Spain. Just make sure you have enough time to sort out your phone number and empadronamiento (highly recommended). You can also make the appointment within 30 days of your arrival in Spain.
I couldn’t find an available date within my visa’s validity! Am I screwed?
Nope! Just make sure you make the appointment within 30 days of your date of entry in Spain. For example, your date of entry in Spain is 16 September, so your visa expires on 29 December. You have until 15 October to book an appointment. It’s okay if you got an appointment on 30 December or beyond. The important thing is that you tried making an appointment within 30 days of your entry stamp.
The case is different for US citizens. Unlike Filipinos, they can enter Spain even before the validity date of their visa. For Filipinos, we can only enter Spain with our visa on the day that’s stamped on the visa. You can come earlier, but that means getting a tourist visa for the Schengen Zone.
Got any more questions about how to make a TIE appointment? Post them below! CM