All Articles Location Independence

Applying for TIE in Seville Spain, Non-Lucrative Visa

For those interested in the 1-year temporary residency visa known as non-lucrative visa for Spain, here are the steps you need to follow in applying for  your TIE card once you land in Seville, Spain.

By this time you have already gotten approved for the non-lucrative visa through your home consulate in the US. You were given a 90-day stamp/sticker on your passport with your NIE written on it.

All my information came from Spain’s own immigration website in 2018 which is the extranjeria department of Andalusia. I confirmed the rest with my own lawyer.

Here is a timeline of the non-lucrative visa process from the future and the past:

  1. initial non-lucrative visa application
  2. getting documents together for non-lucrative visa
  3. non-lucrative visa interview
  4. non-lucrative visa approval
  5. getting NIE and TIE in Spain
  6. 1st renewal application of non-lucrative visa – online
  7. non-lucrative visa renewal approval

Applying for TIE in Seville, Spain

The TIE stands for Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero. It’s the card you will receive that will make you a temporary resident of Spain.

Email for Appointment

In order to get an appointment to apply for your TIE, you will need to email for an appointment time. In the sample email you should include the following information:

Estimados Sres,
Asunto: Cita Previa para Expedición de tarjeta de identidad de extranjero.
Mi Nombre es (your name)  y mi número NIE es (NIE #) que fue otorgado en el Consulado de España en (city) , (state), EE.UU.
Deseo fijar cita para solicitar expedición de tarjeta de extranjero.
Se les ruega comunicarse conmigo por medio de correo electrónico (your email).

Reply Email

In Seville, they will reply to you within 1-2 days with an appointment date and time. Mine was 1 week away.

The location will be at Oficina De Extranjeria which is located at Plaza de España.

They will tell you what to bring and what application to fill out in their reply email. But I’ll review it here as well. 


You need a photo that’s often called a “DNI photo”. Go to any photo place and they will be able to help you out. I got a set of like 12 for 6 euros. 

Paid Fees

You can’t pay your fees at the immigration office. You must fill out this application (790 código 12) online and take it to a bank to pay the fee.

There should be multiple pages to it, be sure to take all of them with you since they will get stamped. The fees for 2018 are 15.76 euros. 

TIE EX17 Application

I had to search for this TIE EX17 application online because the link they gave me didn’t work. And the application my lawyer sent me was different.

I found EX17 online as well. You can fill it out mostly online and then print it out and do the rest by hand. I just used DocuSign to do everything online, including the signature. 

Other Stuff

My lawyer advised me to make some extra photocopies of the application to take along with me.

She told me to take my passport and make photocopies of that as well; the main page, visa stamp, and entry stamp pages. 

You should also take a printout of the appointment which was emailed to you.

Non-Lucrative Visa

Spain and other countries offer such a visa, called a non-lucrative visa, to those who are financially independent or who can demonstrate adequate income to live in Spain for a year. 

Either you need around 27,000 euros in the bank. Or show that you can earn your money online from US customers to that same 27,000/year tune. Or you must have some sort of passive income which amounts to the same. 

The non-lucrative visa is renewable. After your 1st year, you can renew it for another 2 years, then again for another 2 years. Eventually, if you want, you can apply for a 5-year residency visa.

Other Countries

It’s not called a non-lucrative visa in other countries but I know Germany and others offer something similar.

In fact, I think that such visas are so ubiquitous and profitable for the destination countries that if you have a favorite destination in mind, inquire about it, and apply.

Update: 2021

You can read the many articles I have regarding the non-lucrative visa application process. Since this post I have moved to Santiago de Compostela and have gotten my 2nd renewal approved and will complete these next 2 years in Spain.

2 replies on “Applying for TIE in Seville Spain, Non-Lucrative Visa”

1.6 stars for La Oficina de Extranjeria? Ouch!

I remember walking through the Plaza de Espana and I don’t remember offices. I just thought it was a tourist attraction! LOL

This is an interesting phenomenon to observe though, ain’t it? We see bank branches with terrible reviews and DMV sites with 1-star reviews constantly. I think the problem is perspective and revenge, not the actual service that was provided. People will leave a 1-star review for a business because they didn’t know it’s closed. Or they have to wait longer than expected because they didn’t have the application filled out properly.
It’s really not that different from the patient who gives their doctor a 5-star review because she always refills his narcotics without any fuss. And gives the other doctor a 1-star who is a “dick” and “didn’t listen to me” for refusing narcotic refills.

Understanding that the DMV and gov’t jobs aren’t there to provide you service but designed to provide employment for the unemployable would help change the perspective. There is no reason for the DMV person to give a 5-star service. I provide no value to them, they provide no value to me. I am entitled to all DMV services and a driver’s license by having become a citizen and paying taxes. So if anything, I should give all government services a 1-star off the bat because it makes little sense for me to have to jump through more hoops for something I’m already entitled to.

Finally, a 5-star rating system requires some education and is a really big gun to hold. How many random individuals would you trust to use such a tool appropriately. It’s not that they are irresponsible or bad people, they just don’t understand the consequences and weren’t taught how to use the rating system appropriately.

Comments are closed.