Residence Visa
To apply for a visa at the Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles a confirmed appointment will be needed.​


- You can ONLY apply for the Visa at the Consulate of your permanent address. In order to apply for the visa at this Consulate, your permanent address must be located in the following jurisdiction: Southern California (County of Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura), Arizona, Colorado or Utah.

- Application must be submitted in person.


- The application must be submitted no more than 90 days in advance to the intended travel date

- The processing fee will not be returned even if your Visa is denied.

- Residence Visas must be picked up within one month, counting from the following day after receiving the approval notification. Failing to do so within this period of time, the visa will expire.


The Consulate Administration has full authority to evaluate, and request more documents than those listed below. Please be informed that submitting the aforementioned documents does NOT guarantee automatic issuance of the Visa. Documents presented for the Visa application will not be returned.

2. Visa application form: (Original and copy). The application form must be signed and filled out in print. 

3. One passport-type photo. See specifications on our web page

4. Passport or Travel Document, recognized by Spain, with minimum of one year validity,  with at least one blank page to affix the visa (Original and copy)

5. I.D. Card that proves your place of residence is within the jurisdiction of the Spanish Consulate of Los Angeles. Original and copy. You can provide one of the following documents: U.S. Driver license, State I.D. card, Voter’s Registration Card, current Student I.D.

7. 790-52 Form plus tax fee (Click here for help

8. Medical Certificate: (Original, copy and translation). It must be recent (Issued within the last 3 months), include letter-head and handwritten signature of a doctor (M.D. or D.O.) with the following text “This medical certificate attests that Mr. / Mrs. …………….. does not suffer from any illness that would pose a threat to public health according to the International Health Regulations of 2005”. (Link)

9. Certification of “absence of police records” (only for those 18 and older) (Original, copy and translation). This must be recent (issued within the last three months) and issued by the Justice Department of the United States.
- FBI Bureau of Investigation. The document must be legalized with the “Apostille of The Hague”​ by the State Department in Washington D.C. 518 23rd Street NW. SA-1 Washington, DC 20520. 

- FBI contact info: (304) 625-3878 or by mail, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Correspondence Unit. 1000 Custer Hollow road. Clarksburg, WV 26306.  

10. Documentation proving economic funds sufficient for the duration of residence or proof of a minimum reoccurring monthly income of 2,130 Euros or its equivalent in dollars.  The minimum amount will increase by 532.51 Euros for every additional member of the family. Original, copy and translation.

11. Health/Accident/Travel Insurance with complete international coverage for the duration of your stay in Spain. Original, copy and translation. See attached requirements 

12. (Non-US. Citizens only) Alien Registration Card or long term U.S. Visa. Original and copy. Holders of B-1 and B-2 Visas cannot apply in the United States; they must apply in their country of residence or country of origin. Applicants holding Student Visas must also submit their I-20 signed by the university on the last page and a copy of their F-1 Visa. 

13. Visa fees 

- Spouse of the main applicant should submit the same documents plus the  Marriage certificate authenticated with the Apostille of The Hague  and translated into Spanish.
- Children of the main applicant should submit the same documents plus the Birth certificate authenticated with the Apostille of The Hague and translated into Spanish.


- To check on the status of your Visa; you will need the personal code that will be given to you during your interview.  Information about your Visa status will not be given to you by telephone or by email

- The Visa will be valid for 90 days. During the first month of your stay in Spain,  you must go to the Local Police station where you will receive a Tarjeta de Identificación de Extranjero (NIE). This will validate your residence until the end of your studies

- The duration authorized for your residence, will be shown on your Visa (“del… al…”) With European format: Day/Month/Year


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