Study Visa for more than 180 days

VISA FOR STUDY, FOR RESERCH OR FOR UNPAID INTERNSHIP ACTIVITIES LONGER THAN 180 DAYS


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.
 
 
 
• This visa must be applied for in person or through a legal representative (only parent or guardian). Directors and / or Coordinators of study programs need authorization from this Consulate to act as legal representatives of a group of students. (email: cog.losangeles.vis@maec.es  
 
 
• Applications will not be accepted more than 120 days in advance.
 
 

 

 
DOCUMENTATION TO SUBMIT
 
1. Visa application form and visa Check List  (Original and photocopy): The application form must be filled out in capital letters 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. Acceptance letter. Letter of acceptance as a full-time student in Spain from the Spanish University/School and U.S. program, indicating name, address, and registration of the school with the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain and duration of the program (dates of start and finish). In other cases (student exchanges, un-paid internships o voluntary services), it is necessary to submit all the corresponding documents.
 
7. Proof of sufficient funds to live in Spain and for return home: Any of the following documents will be acceptable:
 
-Your latest 3 bank statements that show your name and that you meet the minimum requirements of funds.
 
- Statement from the University, School or U.S. Program assuming full financial responsibility for room and board (normally included in the “Letter of Acceptance”).
 
- Proof of financial aid, loan or scholarship that meets the minimum requirements a month, for room and board.
 
- Notarized letter of parents/guardians, along with the last 3 bank statements, in which they assume full financial responsibility that meets the minimum requirements link per month for room and board. Suggested wording: “I hereby certify that I the (father, mother, other) of (…), will support her/him with a monthly allowance of (...) monthly while she/he is in Spain and that I am financially responsible or any emergency that may arise.”
 
8. Proof of Public or private health insurance obtained from an insurance provider authorized to operate in Spain. More information
 
9. Medical Certificate: (Original, photocopy and a 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 format  (Please see specifications attached)
 
10. Certification of “absence of police records” (18 years of age or older) (Original, a photocopy and a translation into Spanish): verified by fingerprints.  This document is valid for 3 months in reference to the date that it was issued. The document can be issued by:
 
a) 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. (More information)
 
b) 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 of the corresponding state.
 
 
11. Applicants who are under 18 years of age must attach:
 
• A notarized authorization letter from their parents or legal guardians to study in Spain.
 
• Information of the Host Family including: Names, Addresses, and Photocopies of D.N.I.
 
 Sworn Declaration of the Host Family expressing their knowledge of the stay of the minor is not for means of adoption, and their promise to return the minor to his/her home country. 
  
 
12. 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
 
 
 
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.​
 
 
 
VERY IMPORTANT 
 
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 stay until the end of your studies   the duration for your visa, will be shown with European format: Day/Month/Year (“del… al…”)
 

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.​ENGLISHApostilla y background check cuadro.pdf​

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