For many Europeans it is a dream, to live in Mallorca: a place were the sun is (nearly) always shining and café con leche (and beer) is drunk in thousands of cafés in Palma’s old town. But why only dream this? Relocating to Mallorca is actually not that difficult! Follow our guide and consider our 10 tips on how to move to Mallorca and you will have no problem living on the island or anywhere else in Spain!
1. NIE Number – your Spanish tax office reference
2. A place to stay – renting a flat in Palma
3. A place to stay – buying on the Balearic Islands
4. Working on Mallorca – Find a Job
5. Coworking on Mallorca– a new option for freelancers
6. Taxes in Spain – How to do it correctly
7. Driving licenses and cars in Mallorca
8. Relocating with kids – schools and education on Mallorca
9. Healthcare in Spain – public and private
10. Learning Spanish – language lessons in Mallorca
Whether you decide to move to Mallorca permanently or only part time, the first thing you need to do is to get your NIE number. Without it you wont get accommodation or find a job. So lets start our series about how to move to Mallorca with this major issue!
Getting your NIE Number – your Spanish tax office reference
Getting anything done on Mallorca without a NIE number, short for Número de Identificación de Extranjero, is impossible. The NIE is your Spanish tax office reference, identifying you as a foreign citizen, so make this the first task in organizing your relocation to Mallorca.
You need a NIE number for example to:
- Study in Mallorca
- Work or setup a company
- Rent a flat
- Buy, sell or insure a property
- Buy a vehicle
- Apply for a mortgage
- Register for national Social Security Health plan
- Register with social services
- Apply for a driving license
The equivalent of NIE for Spaniards is the NIF (Número de Identificación Fiscal).
Don’t get confused: The NIE number is different from the Empadronamiento or Padron Municipal which is about getting registered in your living community.
Where do you get the NIE number?
1. Fill out Form EX – 15
The Spanish NIE number application form you need to find is called EX – 15 Solicitud de Numero de Identidad de Extranjero NIE y Cert.
The actual form is in Spanish, but don’t worry, it is not that difficult.
2. Make an online appointment
You have to make an appointment online first before coming in person to apply for your NIE; otherwise you will not be served or will have to wait ages. To do that, click on this link, choose your province and choose ‘NIE’
3. Prepare all the necessary documents
To apply for a NIE you need to present several documents and copies of documents. Makes sure you have them all ready when going in person to the office. It might be difficult to get copies there!
- Passport and copy of all pages
- Spanish address
- Completed EX-15 formula
- Two recent Passport photos
- Document or reason why you need a Spanish NIE number
Non-EU citizens will need the additional proof of legal entry into Spain You might also need to hand in a notary certification why you would like to get your NIE (i.e. Working contract).
Money to pay the required fee
4. Go the the Oficina de Extranjería
In Mallorca, you will need to go to the Oficina de Extranjería in the Poligono de Levante in Palma de Mallorca. Some time ago you would have to wait ages to get served. But fortunately, the process has changed last year and it now takes a lot less time for European citizens. As long as you made an online appointment upfront.
The address of the Oficina de Extranjeria is:
C/Ciudad de Querétaro s/n
07006 Palma de Mallorca
Appointments MUST be done online
Opening hours: From Monday to Friday 09:00 – 14:00
5. Pay the NIE fee
Before you are actually assigned your NIE number, you will have to pay ca. 9,45€. You can get this payment form when you go to the Oficina de Extranjería, however you must go to the bank to pay it. Despite the fact we are living in times of card-machines and mobile payment, Spain is different.
So take the form to a bank – but not any bank. For every day of the week, there are different banks responsible for excepting those forms. So make sure to ask in the office, which bank you need to go to and if it is open. Often, banks also accept sash payments only. Once you have been to the bank and everything is paid, return to the Oficina de Extranjeria, queue up again, and get the NIE certificate!
Now you are ready to take the next step. Find a place to stay!
Do you have anymore tips for expats thinking of moving to Mallorca? We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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