Okay, hopefully this can help everyone coming to Logroño. I arrived last week and was able to get most everything done (bank account, NIE/TIE, empadronamiento, and certificado de delitos). Supposedly this process can vary depending on the size of the town/city your in (I’ve heard it’s a much more complicated process in Madrid, who knows?).
Getting your NIE/TIE:
When I first arrived in Logroño, I went straight to the extranjería on calle Jorge Vigon and they were extremely helpful and friendly. The gave me the EX17 form to fill out and told me to bring photocopies of my name and visa pages in my passport. I did that at Librería Canseco nearby and returned in 10 minutes. They then gave me an appointment a month out to get my fingerprints done. The clerk told me to bring two passport photos, my passport and the 790 form to that appointment. He gave me a sheet which will serve as my NIE/TIE card until I get the actual one and he also asked me to get empadronada ASAP and bring him a copy. The clerk then gave me the 790 form and I took that to the closest bank and paid the tasa (15.76 euros) and then went to a Foto Marlo on Avenida de la Paz to get passport photos made (they won’t accept the ones you bring from the States, because they’re just a hair too big and on a slightly grey background). I did everything on the same day and have everything in a folder just so I don’t have to think about it later. Now I’m just waiting for next month’s appointment.
Getting your certificado de delitos de naturaleza sexual:
I then went to the Gerencia Territorial de Justicia on calle Marqués de Murrieta to get my certificado de delitos de naturaleza sexual to be able to work with kids in Spain. All I had to do was show my passport, fill out a form, and show my NIE/TIE sheet and they sent the certificate to my email and I was good to go. I’ll need to print it eventually, but there’s no rush.
For this you’ll have to go to the Ayuntamiento de Logroño en Avenida de la Paz. It’s fairly simple. You need to go into the information desk on the main floor where they’ll give you the papers for your situation, you go home and fill them out, and then return everything to the basement level office and they give you your empadronamiento document. I had to fill out two papers with my information, bring in a photocopy of my visa and passport, a copy of my NIE/TIE sheet from earlier, a photocopy of my landlord/roommate’s DNI, and her signature on another sheet saying she had authorized me to live there. I also was asked to bring in the deed to the apartment, and photocopy of my landlord/roommate’s empadronamiento at the apartment location, but when I returned the clerk didn’t look at it, so you might be able to get a way with not bringing it in. Overall the process was painless and like anything bureaucratic it helps to be patient, keep a smile on your face and do everything they ask.
Opening a bank account:
Really easy, I opened an account in 15 minutes with La Caixa bank and with my NIE/TIE sheet, passport, and carta de nombramiento. They were able to open a cuenta corriente con nomina for me with no charges and I'll get the debit card within a week.
Oh and it helps if you use the bus system for this process, because walking all over can get a little tiring. The routes are fairly simple and after only a few days I’ve got them down. You can take Linea 1 directly to the Ayuntamiento and Linea 4 stops right next to the Extranjeria (Eliseo Pinedo stop). You can buy a bus card and refill it at the stand on calle Jorge Vigon close to the Monumento al Labrador bus stop. You can find maps and more info here: http://transporteurbano.logro-o.org/v_portal/informacion/informacionver.asp?cod=29&te=27&idage=65&vap=0&npag=1
Also remember all government buildings close at 2pm everyday- so plan accordingly. :)
Hope this helps!
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