Residence Visa for Training, Research, Development and Innovation
Allows residency in Spain for non-EU nationals wishing to pursue training and research activities in the public or private sector in any of the following positions:
 
a) The research staff
 
b) Scientific and technological staff carrying our scientific research, development and technological innovation work, in business entities or R&D&I centers established in Spain.
 
c) Researchers subject to an agreement with public or private research bodies, under the conditions set out in the regulations.
 
d) Lecturers recruited by universities, higher education and research bodies or centers, or business schools established in Spain.
 
 
 
VERY IMPORTANT: We cannot overstate the importance of paying the utmost attention to filling out the application and the accompanying information. INCOMPLETE OR INCORRECT APPLICATIONS WILL BE REJECTED, REQUIRING THE APPLICANT TO MAKE A NEW APPOINTMENT AT A LATER DATE.
 
 
• For this application it is required that the company will perform THE PROCESSING BEFOREHAND IN SPAIN OF THE AUTHORIZATION OF RESIDENCE. This must be requested through the Unit for Large Companies and Strategic Economic Sectors (Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos). The authorization will be decided by the Dirección General de Migraciones.
 
• This visa must be applied for in person, or by a duly accredited representative.
 
• Application must be submitted at the earliest 90 days in advance to the expected date of travel.
 
• Authorization of residency that allows residency and working with in the entire national territory.
 
•The valid time period of the visa will be for 365.
 
 
 
 

 
 DOCUMENTATION TO SUBMIT:
 
*Note that all documents for this visa need to be in Spanish. Documents that can only be obtained in English should be translated by a Sworn Translator (click here for more information). Bring originals and photocopies of all documents and translations.
 
1. Visa application form (Original and photocopy): The application form must be filled and signed.
 
2. One passport-type photo. (White Background, 2x2") glued to the form.
 
3. Passport or Travel Document. (Original and photocopy of the main page). Passport should be no older than 10 years. Please make sure your passport has at least one blank page for the new visa.
 
4. I.D. Card that proves your place of residence is within the jurisdiction of the Spanish Consulate of Los Angeles (Original and a photocopy). You can provide one of the following documents: U.S. Driver license, State I.D. card, Voter’s Registration Card, current Student I.D.
 
5. (Non-US Citizens only) Alien Registration Card or long term U.S. Visa. (Original and a photocopy).
 
- 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.  
6. Certification of “absence of police records” (18 years of age or older) (Original, photocopy, translation into Spanish, photocopy of translation): Obtain a background check verified by fingerprint comparison. This document is valid for 3 months in reference to the date that it was issued. It must be legalized with the “Apostille of The Hague” and then translated into Spanish.
 
The background check can be issued by either:
 
(a) The U.S. Justice Department– FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation and must be legalized with the “Apostille of The Hague” by the Secretary of State in Washington D.C.
 
or
 
(b) The State Justice Department (all states where the applicant has resided in the last 5 years) and the document must be legalized with the “Apostille of The Hague” by the Secretary of State of said state.  
See common questions and issues for details about the background check or the Apostille of The Hague.
 
7. Proof of sufficient economic funds for you and your family for the entire period of your residency in Spain. 
 
8. Proof of Insurance that covers Sanitary Assistance, Accidents, Emergencies, Evacuation, Medical Repatriation, Return of Remains with complete international coverage, with ZERO (0) deductible, no co-payment. It must be from a company that is authorized to operate in Spain. No other type of insurance will be accepted. (Requirements attached) Also see common questions and issues for details.
 
9. Disclaimer duly signed 
 
10. Payment of the Visa Fees is accepted with money orders. Money orders are to be addressed to the ''General Consulate of Spain Los Angeles''. Money will not be reimbursed even if the visa is not granted or is cancelled. See common questions and issues for details.
 
11. Authorization of residence for training and research from the Dirección General de Migraciones, processed by the Unit for Large Companies and Strategic Economic Sectors (Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos) by part of the contracting party.
 
• Spouse or person with an analogous affective relationship of the main applicant should submit his/ her own visa application as a family member of an investor Residence visa, with all required documents 1 – 11, plus the Marriage certificate authenticated with the Apostille of The Hague  and translated into Spanish.
 
• Children of the main applicant should submit his/ her own visa application as a family member of an investor Residence visa, with all required documents 1 – 11, plus the Birth certificates authenticated with the Apostille of The Hague  and translated into Spanish
When you have finished gathering the needed documentation, you may use this Check List as a guide to make sure you have everything ready for your appointment.
 
IMPORTANT:
 
• Residency renewal may be issued even with existing absences exceeding six months of the year in the case of residence visas and permits to foreign investors.
 
 
Request authorization residence:
 
- You can apply if you already have a residence visa, and up to 90 days from its expiration date.
 
- The residence authorization will be for two years, and can be renewed for successive periods of five years, provided the conditions are generating the right are maintained.

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