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In order to get an NIE CARD for long term stay in Spain you need to show proof of private health care, but what if you plan on becoming Autonomo ?

Thats means you will be paying the 250ish Euro fee for Autonomo + private healthcare.

How do you work around this as apparently you can't register Autnonmo without a NIE
 

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In order to get an NIE CARD for long term stay in Spain you need to show proof of private health care, but what if you plan on becoming Autonomo ?

Thats means you will be paying the 250ish Euro fee for Autonomo + private healthcare.

How do you work around this as apparently you can't register Autnonmo without a NIE
You can get a NIE without ever setting foot in Spain and it has nothing to do with residency rights. What you are talking about is registering as resident, which you are required to do if you plan to stay 90 days or more.

You get your NIE, then register as autónomo, then as resident.

If you aren't actually planning to work, private healthcare would cost you less than registering as autónomo, which of course you shouldn't do unless you are planning to work

The autónomo covers the healthcare requirement
 

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In order to get an NIE CARD for long term stay in Spain you need to show proof of private health care, but what if you plan on becoming Autonomo ?

Thats means you will be paying the 250ish Euro fee for Autonomo + private healthcare.

How do you work around this as apparently you can't register Autnonmo without a NIE
You certainly are confused.

There is no such thing as an NIE card. The NIE comes on it's own white, A4 sheet.

The green card is a 'residency certificate' showing that you've signed on to the list of foreigners. To get this, you need to show sufficient income and/or savings and health cover. Being autonomo (self-employed) does both of these.

So, as @xabiachica says, get NIE first, then go autonomo then register as resident.
 
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