For those who want to study Spanish in Spain, oftentimes the visa process can be one of the more challenging parts of the process. In this article, we are going to walk you through some of the steps and give you some important information.

First, it is important to know how long you want to stay in Spain, as the types of visas and their requirements vary. Below you have the following types of Student Visas and their durations:

  1. Less than 90 days: If you are from a country that is exempt from foreign visa requirements, you can enter the country using your passport. You do not need to apply for a Visa.
  2. More than 90 days but less that 180 days: Visa required for all students
  3. More than 180 days: Visa required for all students

For those students who are studying in Spain between 90 days and 180 days, the Visa documentation is as follows:

  • Complete Visa Application Form

  • Passport (Original and a Copy)

  • 2 recent passport sized photos

  • Proof of Medical Insurance Policy that operates in Spain

  • Proof of Economic Solvency throughout your stay

  • Letter of acceptance into a Spanish School

  • Proof of accommodation throughout your stay

For students who are staying in Spain for more than 180 days, the Visa documentation listed above is required in addition to:

  • Certificate of criminal record dated no more than three months of Visa Appointment

  • Medical Certificate issued within 3 months of Visa Appointment

Second, you have to locate the Spanish consulate that pertains to where you live and schedule your Visa appointment. It is important to note that Visa appointments can only be scheduled within 90 days of your program start date and they can only be made online.

Lastly, after submitting your documentation, the consulate will keep your original passport while the Visa processes. Once the process has finished, you will be notified and you can pick up the passport in person or have it mailed to you. However, it is important to note that this can take 3 to 5 weeks. Therefore, it is important to get your documents together in a timely manner!

For more information, feel free to reach out to us or visit the Spanish Government’s website!

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