how to get a spanish visa

5 factors to consider when getting a Spanish student Visa

If you are going to study in a Spanish university as an international student for a period over 6 months and you come from a country from outside the European Union, you will need to get a Spanish student Visa.

We know that preparing for a year abroad is very stressful as there are tons of things that you need to prepare, from getting the Visa to finding accommodation without forgetting to get your transport card or phone. Believe me, we’ve been there. With this post we will focus on the Spanish student Visa. The process may seem a bit complex but we have compiled the information to make your life easier. Here are the five things you will need to take into account:

1. Selecting the type of Visa

The type of Visa that you need will depend on your country of residence and on how long you will be studying in Spain. If you come from outside the European Union and you are staying for a period over 6 months, you will need a long term Visa.

The long-term visa allows to study in Spain and its application form can be downloaded from the webpage of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

2. Where to apply for a Visa

The visa application must be presented by the applicant in person in the Spain’s Embassies or Consular Posts of the student’s country of residence. You can check where the Spanish Consular post or Embassy of your country is also in the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.

3. Documentation required to apply for the visa

Usually, the documents should be presented with the original and a copy. As our Ministry of Social Security and Employment indicates in their webpage, the documents required to apply for the visa are the following:

  • Application for a national visa duplicated and fully completed
  • Valid passport
  • Documentation proving that the student has economic resources to sustain themselves in Spain
  • Health Insurance documentation. If the student needs to acquire a Spanish health insurance we can help them thanks to our partnership with Sanitas. Find all the information here.
  • Copy of the letter of acceptance from a Spanish University or educational institution
  • Medical certificate if the studies are over 6 months

4. Processing time

The normal processing time of the visa is one month after the following day when the application has been submitted. Once that period is over, if the applicant did not receive an express response, they can understand that the application has not been approved.

From the moment the applicant receives the notification of acceptance, they have a period of two months to collect the visa.

5. Once the student is in Spain

So let’s say that you got your visa and already are in Spain… what now? Well, if you are studying for a period over 6 months you will need to obtain the ID card for foreigners living in Spain, also known as the NIE. This card has a different process that wi will cover in upcoming posts, so keep checking our blog or join our club and we’ll keep you updated!

Written by @aluengo91

Alejandro Luengo

CEO & Founder of @packtospain. Entrepreneur | English and Spanish speaking | Always seeking new challenges and building stuff

  • Katie
    Posted at 17:02h, 08 October Reply

    The Spanish visa is confusing, and I’d love to refer individuals to your website. However, a medical certificate is not required for a semester visa, only for a year. This appears misleading.

    • packtospain
      Posted at 10:12h, 09 October Reply

      Thank you for your feedback Katie! It is true that it is only when the studies are over 6 months. We’ve changed it so it is more clear now. Also, we would be grateful if you refer individual to our webpage! We would really appreciate it. Best regards!

  • Kate
    Posted at 18:27h, 01 September Reply

    I like the helpful info you provide in your articles.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.
    I am quite certain I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Best of luck for the

    • aluengo91
      Posted at 18:42h, 01 September Reply

      Hi Kate, thank you for the feedback! I’m glad that you like the article and I hope to see you in upcoming posts!

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