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Old 26th April 2016, 07:24 AM
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The number on your residence card is your tax number. This is also your NIE number.

You aren't eligible for a social security number (and access to state health care) unless you are working or until you have been resident here for a year.
Yes that's right. although he doesn't have to be working to have a SS number, he will have no reason to have one (& therefore won't be able to get one) until he needs it for the convenio especial - if it's available in Barcelona - I'm not sure that it is yet, but might be in a year from now.

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The number on your residence card is your tax number. This is also your NIE number.

You aren't eligible for a social security number (and access to state health care) unless you are working or until you have been resident here for a year.
Thanks kalohi & xabiachica for your reply. I do have NIE, and was told that NIE is used also for tax purpose, is the NIE the same as residence card or there's another residence card? For instance, if I come back from a travel abroad, I just show my NIE and passport at the Spanish immigration? The reason is my Spanish visa is already expired by the end of Jan/16, I don't need to get another Spanish visa abroad in order for me to come back, if my NIE is still valid, right?

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Thanks kalohi & xabiachica for your reply. I do have NIE, and was told that NIE is used also for tax purpose, is the NIE the same as residence card or there's another residence card? For instance, if I come back from a travel abroad, I just show my NIE and passport at the Spanish immigration? The reason is my Spanish visa is already expired by the end of Jan/16, I don't need to get another Spanish visa abroad in order for me to come back, if my NIE is still valid, right?
There is no such thing as an NIE card - just an A4, white sheet of paper. This is the certificate.

However, this number appears on a variety of other documents including your 'residencia' if you have one.

Your NIE has nothing to do with your right to enter Spain nor is it anything to do with visas or immigration in general.

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Thanks kalohi & xabiachica for your reply. I do have NIE, and was told that NIE is used also for tax purpose, is the NIE the same as residence card or there's another residence card? For instance, if I come back from a travel abroad, I just show my NIE and passport at the Spanish immigration? The reason is my Spanish visa is already expired by the end of Jan/16, I don't need to get another Spanish visa abroad in order for me to come back, if my NIE is still valid, right?
I think you are calling your residency card a NIE (when it should be called a residency card) and this is making your question confusing. You do have an actual plastic card with your photo and fingerprint on it, don't you? That's a residency card. It's only the number found on it that is your NIE.

Assuming that you hold a valid residency card, you do not need another Spanish visa to get back into Spain if you travel abroad. You only need to show your passport and the residency card.
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I think you are calling your residency card a NIE (when it should be called a residency card) and this is making your question confusing. You do have an actual plastic card with your photo and fingerprint on it, don't you? That's a residency card. It's only the number found on it that is your NIE.

Assuming that you hold a valid residency card, you do not need another Spanish visa to get back into Spain if you travel abroad. You only need to show your passport and the residency card.
Thanks for your explanation, now it's clear for me, I got confused because everywhere I go they asked for my NIE/NIE card, so I thought it was NIE card, you're right, on the card it said "Permiso de residencia", has the NIE number at the bottom left side and my signature on bottom right side, but there's no finger print (they did ask me to finger print when I requested the card), so this must be the residence card. Thanks

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Although not free health care as stated in the thread title, as it has drifted somewhat I thought this may be of interest.

I recently accompanied someone in their journey to access the Convenio Especial. They are NOT on the register of foreigners, i.e.. do NOT have Residencia (whichever you understand or prefer).
They signed onto the Padron in Jan 2015 and that was enough.
A visit to the main office in Valencia armed with said Padron, Passport, NIE certificate. A form to fill in, a direct debit for 60 Euros per month and that was it ! A couple of weeks later and the SIP card arrived, we visited the local surgery and all was well.

I know that this is not the "right" way to do things, but it has worked out for her. The next thing is to get her to register.

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