The Residence Card is a card that includes the NIE number, a photograph, personal date and fingerprint.
You need to apply for the Residence Card in person, when you are in Spain.
You will need the Residence Card for a number of formalities, such as to prove your address and resident status.
Your first Residence Card will expire after one year and, after that time, you will need to renew the Residence Card which will then last for five years. At the end of the five years you will need to apply for another five years and so on.
Spanish Citizens also have to apply for a Residence Card, told DNI, and even then it will only last for 10 years and they will have to renew it ten yearly.
Once you are in Spain, we can help you to fill the forms and accompany you you to take them to the relevant place to apply for your Residence Card.