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Student VISA

Who needs to apply to a Student visa?

Depending on the country you come from and the length of your stay, you may need a visa, or not.

Citizens from the EU (European Union), Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein do not need a student visa. You just need to register with the local authorities when you arrive and to get a resident’s card.

Citizens from anywhere else in the world do need a visa. Luckily, Spain isn’t one of the most difficult places to get a visa and most people report getting the visa as a fairly painless process.

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So, with regard to citizens who do not come from the European Union:

  • If you are going to be less than 3 months (more than 90 days) in Spain, a Schengen visa is enough -even so, it is recommended that this stay be justified as a study stay-. However, if your stay is going to last more than 3 months, you must apply for a student VISA.
  • If you decide to spend more than 90 days in Spain, you need to apply for a student visa. It will cover the duration of the courses you decide to take, as long as these are official and have a full-time program (minim of 20 hours per week). Don’t worry though, since all the programs we offer you at Route meet these requirements!
Notice
In case you come to Spain as a tourist (less than 60 days), and you want to extend your stay, you will need to return to your country and request a student visa from there. You will not be able to do it from here.

This visa will allow you to work as long as the job doesn’t interfere with your studies, and doesn’t exceed 20 hours per week.

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How to apply for a student VISA

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To obtain a student visa for Spain you need first to apply for official estudies -we are here to inform you about all of these! Once you have being accepted on the study programme, you have to contact the Spanish embassy or consulate in your home country* and make the application for a student visa (keep in mind that the maximum resolution period for a visa application is three months). It is essential that you obtain the visa from your country of residence as it cannot be obtained while in Spain! When you apply, it is very important to choose the study visa type D. Any other type of visa will not allow you to obtain a student card and Foreigner Identity Card (TIE). Once you arrive in Spain, you must visit the police station within 30 days to apply for your TIE**.

*Look up the nearest consulate on the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.

**The TIE serves as your residence card as a foreigner in Spain so that you can stay in the country until you finish your studies.

We will help you with the paperwork and all the documentation you need to request it. We can’t do everything for you, but we can make it sooooo much easier!!

Documentation to be delivered to your consular office

this will vary depending on your country of origin. You must go to the Spanish Consulate there to get information about the documentation that you have to submit. In general, you will be asked for the following:
  • A complete and valid passport or travel document, recognized as valid in Spain, with a minimum validity for the period for which the stay is requested.
  • Duly accomplished application forms of the VISA.
  • Identification card.
  • Proof of health insurance: this must be from Spain, written in Spanish, and complete (a translation by a Sworn Spanish Translator) of the declaration page showing information on the insured persons, dates, coverage, policy type is required. A translation is not needed if the document is available originally in the Spanish language​.). No travel insurances with medical assistance coverage will be accepted. We can offer you the best and cheapest!.
  • Proof of funds: all accumulated proof of funds must be available at the time of submitting the application. This amount is approximately 540 euros per month in Spain (598,27 American dollar), if you have the Student Visa.
  • *A translation of proof of funds by a Sworn Spanish Translator certified by the Spanish Government (no local companies) is required, unless the original form of the documents is available in Spanish. For bank statements, the translation of only the pages showing the beginning and ending balances of each month’s statements will be accepted, entire month statements do not need to be translated unless specifically requested by the Consulate in order to prove sufficient funds.​
  • Recent passport photographs (2).
  • Documentation accrediting being admitted to an academic centre (admission letter).
  • Application fee.
  • If the duration of the stay exceeds six months:

Medical certificate

Accreditation that you do not suffer from any of the diseases that have serious public health repercussions in accordance with the provisions of the 2005 International Health Regulations.

Criminal record

If you are of legal age, a criminal record issued by the authorities of the country of origin or of the country where you have resided during the last five year.
*You will need a Translation to Spanish here too.

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Am I allowed to work with my Student VISA?

Route Spain | Am I allowed to work with my Student VISA?

Yes, you are; you can find more info here.

Although it may seem like a lot of things, it’s really not so bad. In fact, we give you almost all the previous items, so keep calm and don’t worry about anything.

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