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Visa North American Language and Cultural Assistant
This visa will allow you to participate in the North American Language and Culture Assistants program sponsored by the Ministry of Education of Spain. 

- The visa process takes around 4 weeks from the day all documents are presented. 
 
If your residency falls under our jurisdiction​ you can apply:
 • In person at the Consulate of Spain in Los Angeles.
 
Applications will not be accepted more than 120 days in advance.
 
 
 
 
DOCUMENTATION TO SUBMIT
 
1. Visa application form (Original and photocopy): The application form must be filled out and signed.

2. One passport-type photo. (white Blackground, 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 (Photocopy. Do NOT send original). 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. Acceptance letter by the Regional Education Authorities: This letter must provide information on the school you have been appointed to (address, phone number, contact email). It must also contain information about your grant, the duration of your program and the insurance policy. The Consulate of Spain will ONLY accept original signature or electronically signed letters. FAXED letters will NOT be accepted. 
 
6. 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) Also, see common questions and issues for details.
Traducción: Se requiere traducción al español, efectuada por un traductor jurado, de la(s) página(s) de la póliza del seguro médico que incluya la información acerca del beneficiario, las fechas y  los detalles de la cobertura contratada. No se requiere una traducción si el documento originalmente está disponible en español.
 
7. 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.
 
8. 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.
 
9. Disclaimer duly signed.
 
When you have finished gathering the needed documentation, you may use this visa Documents Checklist as a guide to make sure you have everything ready for your appointment.
 
Once you Arrive in Spain
 
The visa from our department will only be valid for 90 days. Don't worry, this is normal. During the first month of your stay in Spain, you must go to the Local Police station to receive your full visa. They will ask for some original documents, which we certify at the Consulate, and then issue you a ''Tarjeta de Identificación de Extranjero'' (NIE). This card validates your stay until the end of your studies. Note that the dates will be formated DAY/MONTH/YEAR.
 
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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