Welcome to Spain!
Dear students, welcome to the country of Don Quiote. Spain has so much to give you and the EIS team prepared you all the information you need to succeed your journey in Spain.
How to apply for a Spanish Visa:
You don’t need a visa if you come from / are:
– European Union – European Economic Area (EEA) – Swiss Citizens
To study in Spain for more than three months as a Non-European student you need a student visa type.
Applying for a student visa in Spain has a non-refundable fee of €60.
It takes approximately 15 days for your visa application to be processed, however it can extend up to 1 month in case of incomplete or imprecise documentation. Make sure to apply at least one month before your arrival to Spain. Check out our checklist at the bottom of this page!
– Passport or national ID valid for at least six more months from application date, and for 90 days after the length of your stay is completed – Acceptance certificate from your university/institution – Health Insurance that is valid in Spain – Photo ID (government issued) – Birth Certificate – Completed application form (can differ depending on your country of origin)
Keep in mind that all official documents, if not in the required language for the application, must be translated by a sworn, official translator who works with the embassy. They will be able to provide details regarding this – always ask.
Who to contact:
Reach out to Naorlex, a Spanish law firm specialized in helping for immigration formalities! This is recommended by the EIS,
and don’t forget mentioning you come form us 😉
Your country’s embassy in Spain, the Spanish embassy in your country, or the Spanish Consulate covering your jurisdiction in your home country.
Click here to find the closest Spanish embassy or consulate:
Make sure you do not try to get your long stay visa through a certified agency, it should be directly through the respective government authority (embassy, consulate, etc.), double check, always!
What you can/cannot do:
With a Spanish Student Visa, you’re allowed to work part time or in a temporary position. The maximum amount of hours cannot exceed 20 hours (internships excluded) a week. If the work doesn’t interfere with your studies, full time work is possible, if you get a work permit.
Do not procrastinate, get this done as soon as you arrive in the country.
- NIE: If you are a foreigner from outside of the EU+ the usual members, you will have to obtain a foreign student identity card (NIE) at a foreigners office or police station. This cannot be done online. You can have it done by lawyers for a hefty fee around 250 €, so we recommend doing it yourself. It will take up to 40 days for you to receive your NIE. If you obtain a student visa, your residence permit will be included, and you will receive the student residence permit along with it. Required Documents (original and copy): – Printed and filled application form EX-17 here – Valid passport (d-type visa and stamp of spain) – Certificate of enrollment – Referral note of the municipal registration (volante de empadronamiento: certificate of your regular residential address) – 3 photographs of ID card size (32 x26 mm) – Receipt of the application fee payment form here