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.
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!
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.
How to apply for a student VISA
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
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.