An important procedure that you need to do for newborns in Barcelona is to obtain the NIE card.
If you’re an EU citizen you will already have a NIE (green card). Your baby automatically has the same rights. You need to download and fill in the form EX18. Don’t confuse it with the EX15 which is for obtaining a white NIE (short term, non-resident).
You will also need the following:
- the birth certificate or libro de familia
- passport of the baby (original + copy)
- passport and NIE of both parents (original + copy)
- it helps if you bring the padron
- baby needs to come
- only 1 of the parents need to come if you bring all the original identification
You will need to present these documents at the police department responsible for NIEs on Rambla Guipuscoa. It is important to make an appointment (cita previa) beforehand. There are always limited spots available, so head over to this page on Monday morning at 8am for your best chance to grab one of those spots. If you try to get an appointment later on in the week chances are that they won’t have any.
Update June 2019: Unfortunately, the whole system of getting an appointment seems to have been turned into a scam whereby no public appointments are available, but you can get an almost immediate appointment if you go through any agency. Of course, the agency gets a cut of around €250. So even if you speak Spanish and have all your documents in place, you are currently forced to get an appointment through an agency and pay their fee.
I feel that this is a big disgrace on the part of the public authorities and it’s very unjust on expats. It’s a situation that is well publicised but nothing has been done to fix it so far.