Visa Services
 
COVID-19 STUDENT VISA EXCEPTION (updated August 21st, 2020)
 
 
 
From August 21st, until September 10th, 2020 the Consulate of Spain in Chicago will continue accepting visa applications by mail until September 10th, 2020, only for student applicants with no scheduled appointments. All the applications postmarked after September 10th, 2020  will be returned to the applicants.
 
 
 
Once the visa process is complete, the student must come in person to the consulate to pick the passport and visa, with no exceptions. Visas applied by mail, cannot be returned by mail, students must come to the Consulate at least once.
 
 
 
·         National visa appointments for the complete month of September will be available after August 20th, 2020.
 
·         Appointments for Schengen visas are still closed until further notice.
 
·         All other National Residence visas still requires individual appointments and physical presence at the Consulate
 
 
 
If you wish to apply for a student visa and do not have a previous scheduled appointment, we invite you to send your application by mail. If you were able to schedule an appointment and your appointment is active (appointments cannot be cancelled or modify in the system), PLEASE ATTEND TO YOUR APPOINTMENT BECAUSE WE WILL NOT ACCEPT YOUR DOCUMENTS BY MAIL
 
 
 
1.     STUDENTS WITHOUT THE APOSTILLE
 
You must send all the necessary required documents by mail, with only one exception, to students that haven’t received the Apostille of the FBI background check, so:
 
-       If you are missing the Apostille from the FBI you can still send the package, instead of sending the Apostille you should send some kind proof of requesting this document from the Department of State, channeler or third party (same rule will apply for students with appointments). Once you receive your Apostille you must send the original affixed to the FBI background check with the certified translation into Spanish, issue by the certified translator and copies of everything. WE CANNOT ISSUE YOUR VISA WITHOUT SEEING THE ORIGINAL APOSTILLE AND  FBI AND KEEPING THE COPIES (Rule applies to all the students by mail or in person).
 
 
 
2.     STUDENTS MISSING MORE THAN THE APOSTILLE
 
-       If you are missing more than the Apostille YOU CANNOT SEND IT BY MAIL and you should come to the Consulate with all the necessary requirements, if you don’t find more appointment now, don’t you worry because we will be opening more appointments for the whole month of September on August 20th, 2020.
 
 
 
3.     WHO CAN APPLY BY MAIL
 
-       We only accept Student visa applications by from students over 18 years old  with no scheduled appointment from the following categories:
 
 
o   Au Pair visas (over 18 y/o).
 
 
 
 WE CANNOT ACCEPT APPLICANTS WITH PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS 
 
4.     DOCUMENTS TO BE SEND INSIDE THE STUDENT VISA APPLICATION PACKAGE
 
(We will only accept envelopes with tracking # of your choice (DHL, Fedex, UPS, USPS. The Consulate is not responsible for the lost or tracking of the package and wont reply to emails requesting confirmation of receiving such package
 
 
 
PLEASE MAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO: 
 
Consulate General of Spain
 
Student Visa Department
 
180 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 1500
 
Chicago, IL 60601 
 
 
 
DOCUMENTS TO INCLUDE INSIDE ENVELOPE/PACKAGE: 
 
1.     Pre-Paid Return envelope to return, in case your application doesn’t qualify for admission: Please include a self-addressed and prepaid envelope (with a stamp), from the US Postal Service ONLY, with tpage
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g information, you can use Priority Mail or Express Mail; keep the tracking information for your records. The Consulate is not responsible for such tracking
 
2.     Type and print on a piece of paper the following information: (name, last name, email and cell phone number to contact you during business hours). Be alert, you might receive an email or phone call from us in case we need to talk to you about the process of your visa. If you don’t hear from us is because the process follows the usual procedure.
 
3.     Completed checklist of the type of visa and duration of your visa. Pages 3 and 4 of your visa instructions.
 
4.     ORIGINAL AND COPY OF ALL THE MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS of page 1 and 2 of your visa instruction (The Consulate will keep the copies and will return the originals if they were needed by the applicant). PROOF OF RESIDENCE: Please send a copy (not original) of your Sudent ID (only if you apply for a Student visa for active college student) or a copy (not the original) of your Drivers Licence (if you apply for other type of student visa).
 
5.     Complete disclaimer signed and completed writing down the tracking number of the envelope of point #1 inside the box: DOWNLOAD THE DISCLAIMER FORM HERE
 
6.     FEE. Please include a money order payable to the Consulate of Spain and print your complete name as appears in your passport, please don’t sign it. If you are an American citizen the fee is $160, if you are not, please check our complete visa fees here
 
 
 
IMPORTANT
 
 
 
BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING:
 
-       The Consulate cannot respond to emails confirming received applications, status of such applications or returns of incomplete applications packages.
 
-       The Consulate will return the applications received with incomplete documentation in the additional envelope, so if you don’t have all the documents ready, YOUR SHOULD NOT SEND AN INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE AND YOU SHOULD WAIT UNTIL HAVE EVERYTHING BEFORE APPLYING.
 
-       The instructions are clear and you should follow them step by step, we receive hundreds of emails daily and at this time, we won’t respond to questions which answers can be easily found by following the instructions in our website.  
 
-       The Consulate is making a big effort to accommodate more visas that can handle, due to COVID-19 the Consulate’s staff has shorten and overwhelmed by the avalanche of hundreds of visa applications, so be considered and try to understand the situation.
 
-       Our staffs try to answer all the emails, but we cannot guarantee a chat between the applicant and the staff.
 
-       If the Consulate don’t answer some emails is because the answers to those questions are easily found in the instructions posted in our website.
 
 
SINCE THE AUGUST 1ST, THIS CONSULATE HAS BEEN RECEIVING HUNDRED OF EMAILS REQUESTING THE CANCELLATION OF AN ACTIVE APPOINTMENT SO THE STUDENT COULD APPLY BY MAIL. 
SORRY, BUT WE CAN'T DO THAT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.
 
THOSE STUDENTS WILL HAVE TO COME IN PERSON, WITH THE ACTUAL APPOINTMENT OR BY MAKING A NEW ONE. WE WONT ACCEPT THEIR APPLICATIONS BY MAIL.
 
THIS EXCEPTION WAS MADE TO ACCOMODATE ONLY STUDENTS WITHOUT PREVIOUS APPOINTMENTS.
 
 
 
ONCE THE VISA IS APPROVED, WE WON’T ISSUE YOUR VISA UNTIL THE CONSULATE HAS RECEIVED ALL THE ORIGINALS AND MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS, INCLUDING THE APOSTILLE OF THE FBI.
 
 
 
THE CONSULATE IS TRYING TO FACILITATE THE ISSUING OF THE STUDENT VISAS DURING THIS DIFICULT TIME, BUT WE WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOST OF ANY DOCUMENTS SENT TO OR FROM THE CONSULATE BY MAIL.
 
 
 
IF YOU HAVE DOUBTS ABOUT SENDING IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS BY MAIL, PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AND COME IN PERSON.
 
 
 
 
 
GENERAL VISA INFORMATION
 
 
 

  US citizens with ordinary passports who wish to travel to Spain and stay for tourist, study or business purposes for up to 90 days DO NOT NEED A VISA.

 
  • Holders of one of the following documents are eligible to apply for a visa, providing that they are  valid at least three months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen territory:
    • U.S. Passport.
    • Foreign passport and U.S. Permanent Resident Card (formerly Green Card).
    • Valid International Student visas and valid re-entry ("travel") signature on  I-20.
    • Valid Exchange visitors visas and DS-2019.
    • Long term U.S. visas (e.g. L1, L2, H1, H2, R1 etc.).
    • For U.S. Travel Documents and some type of Passports, some restrictions apply
    • Holders of B1/B2 visas may only apply for Airport Transit visa.  
 
  • The Consulate General in Chicago accepts and processes applications from residents in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota y Wisconsin.
  • Please find all the necessary information on visas in this website.
  • No additional information or mail tracking information will be provided by phone, email or in person.
  • Appointments can only be made ONLINE, not by email and not at the Consulate. Visas cannot be obtained in Spain.
  • One appointment per applicant and one application per person.
  • Appoinme
  • nts are free.
  • A confirmed appointment is needed to submit IN PERSON the visa application at the Consulate.
  • No appointment is required to pick up your passport once the visa has been issued. At the visa interview, you will be given a date after which the passport is available for collection. The applicant (or other authorized person) may collect the passport at the Consulate's front window from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. If applicants are not able to collect the visa in person, they must provide a United States Postal Services Express Mail or Priority Mail with tracking number envelope, pre-paid and self-addressed
  • Please read carefully instructions given for every type of visa before obtaining an appointment. (Visa Requirements).
  • Visa applications are accepted 3 months prior to the departure date, not before. Student visas are accepted 3 months prior to the beginning of the studies, not before.
  • Before scheduling the flight to the Schengen area, please reckon specific processing times given for every type of visa plus 10 days for mail delivery.
  • Authorized stay is printed in the visa (“del…al”). Note order of date in European format: dd/mm/yyyy.
  • Passport with affixed visa must be presented at the border of Schengen port of entry. Passport must have a blank page to affix visa.
  • Please note that the expiry date of passport must be at least 3 months after expected return to the US.
  • Once a Schengen visa is issued, all travelers must declare their presence by ensuring that their passports are duly stamped by the Border Authorities upon entry into the Schengen area.
  • The original documents submitted to obtain a visa WILL NOT BE RETURNED, even if the visa is not granted. (Green Cards and passports are obviously returned).
  • All documents required are to be presented in 1 original form + 1 copy.
  • The processing fees are not refundable, even if the visa is not granted.
  • There is no legal right to a visa.
  • The Consulate of Spain in Chicago will not accept incomplete visa applications.
 
MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLY WHEN YOU HAVE ALL THE MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS.
YOU CANNOT CANCEL OR MODIFY YOUR APPOINTMENT.
​(Appoin
ments are free of charge)
ONLY ONE APPOINTMENT PER APPLICANT PERSON
BE AWARE: MULTIPLE APPOINTMENTS UNDER SAME NAME WILL BE ERASED
 
 
VISA REQUIREMENTS.
 
 
 
Tourism, Business and Transit Schengen
 
 
Long Term Visa Requirements
 
 
Recuperación residencia larga duración
 
    • Información
 
Please note, that emails asking for the status of visa applications will not be answered.
 

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