FAQ-Visas
GENERAL 
 
What is your contact information?
Consulate General of Spain in New York - Visa Department
150 East 58th St., 30th Floor
New York, NY 10155
Tel.: (212) 355-4080
Fax: 1 (212) 644-3751
 
 
What are your business hours?
We are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 2pm. Please check our holiday calendar.
 
Your Consulate is the most convenient for me. Can I apply for a visa there?
We will only accept visa applications if your permanent residence is in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania or Delaware.
 
How can I schedule an appointment?
  • Short Stay Visa (Schengen Visa, for 90 or less days of stay): use this link.
  • Long stay visas (more than 90 days of stay): use this link. 
  • Student Visa: applicants must complete the process through the university or study abroad program, following the instructions in the website.
 
I need visas for my whole family, how many appointments do I need?
You will need one appointment per each family member.
 
How much is the visa fee?
The visa fees vary depending on your citizenship and the type of visa. The Consulate only accepts payments made with money order from the US postal service. Please check our webiste to confirm the consular fees.
 
 
I am planning on moving to Spain with my Spanish (or EU citizen) spouse. What steps do I have to take?
Family members of EU citizens are entitled to live in Spain and obtain a Residence Card. This process is made in Spain. If your nationality is not included in the list of countries exempted from visa, you will need to obtain a visa to enter Spain.
 
 
SHORT STAY – TOURIST/BUSINESS
 
Important: starting on October 20th, 2017, all Short stay Schengen visa appointments (type C, up to 90 days of stay) must be made at BLS Visa Service for Spain (55 West 39th Street Suite 800, New York NY 10008. Phone: 201 366-6600).
 
What is a Schengen Visa?
It is a Short Stay (Tourist/Business) Visa that allows people to travel to one or more countries within the Schengen territory, which includes the following: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
 
I am a legal resident of the U.S. and a Green Card holder. Do I need a visa to go to Spain?
If your nationality is included in the list of countries that need a visa, you will need to obtain a visa in order to visit Spain.
 
I am in the U.S. with a tourist visa (B1-B2), can I apply for a visa to Spain?
No, we do not accept applications from holders of a B1/B2 visa.
 
How long does it take for the Schengen Visa to be ready?
The final resolution on the visa can take up to 15 days. It is recommended to start the process at least two weeks before the planned trip.
 
Should I buy an airline ticket before the appointment?
We do not recommend the purchase of travel tickets until your visa has been approved. You may provide us with a reservation, a planned itinerary or an online printout of a roundtrip ticket.
 
My spouse is a citizen of an E.U. country, what do I have to do to apply for a visa to Spain?
You will need to provide a recent proof that the marriage is registered in the EU country where the spouse is citizen (translated if not in Spanish or English), plus a photocopy of his/her passport.
 
I am a U.S. citizen, can I stay in Spain or in the Schengen States as a tourist for over 90 days?
No. You can only stay a maximum of 90 days.
 
 
STUDENT VISA
 
Do I need a visa if my studies are for less than 90 days?
You can visit Spain and the Schengen states for a maximum of 90 days with a valid US passport. You may apply for a Student Visa if your program is for more than 90 days. People of other nationalities may need to apply for a tourist visa for stays of less than 90 days.
 
Your consulate is the most convenient for me. Can I apply for a visa there?
We will only accept the visa application if your permanent residence is in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania or Delaware. You may apply also here if you are studying in a university located within our jurisdiction. It is required a proof of residency such as an State ID or Student ID.
 
How far in advance can I apply for a Student Visa?
We suggest to apply as early as 3 months but not less than 40 days prior to your departure. It is not possible to apply more than 3 months before the program starts in Spain.
 
How long does the Student Visa process take?
It usually takes between 2 and 4 weeks from the moment the representative of the university or study abroad program submits all the required documents at the Consulate.
 
Can I keep my passport during the visa process?
Yes, in case you need it you can keep it during the process. But, please note that to obtain the visa once it is approved you must present your passport in person at the Consulate or through an authorized representative.
 
Can the applicant submit in person the documentation at the Consulate or mail it there?
No. From January 1st, 2018 the application for a study visa can not be made individually at the Consulate or sent by mail. You must follow the instructions on the website about this type of visa and do the process through your university or study abroad program.
 
Where I can get my Police Record Clearance?
Police Criminal Record clearance must be verified by fingerprints. It cannot be older than 3 months from the application date. You must get a Police record from the countries you have lived during the past 5 years. 
A US Criminal Record must be either from:
a) The Department of Justice of the State where you have lived in the past 5 years. It must be legalized with the Apostille of the Hague Convention from the corresponding Secretary of the State.
b) FBI Records for International purposes issued by the U.S. Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation. It must be legalized with the Apostille of the Hague Convention from the U.S. Department of State (in this case the Apostille must be from the Department of State and not from the Secretary of State)
For other countries, the certificate must be national wide and must have the Apostille of the Hague. If the country is not part of the Hague Convention Agreement, it must be legalized by the Spanish Consulate/Embassy in that Country. If the certificate is not in English, it must have a certified translation.
 
Where do I get the “Apostille of the Hague” to legalize my documents?
For documents issued by a local or state authority, it must be done by the Secretary of State of your state. If the document has been issued by a federal authority you can get the Apostille from the U.S. Department of State (Washington D.C.).
 
Can I work with a student visa?
No. The Student Visa allows you to study but not to work during your stay in Spain. You can only work on an unpaid internship basis with the Student Visa.
  
 
WORK VISA
 
I want to work in Spain, what do I need?
In order to work in Spain a Work Visa is required, which is only issued after a work permit has been approved by the Spanish authorities. This work permit process is done in Spain by the company that wants to hire you there. Consult the information and requirements concerning the Work Visa.
 
Where I can get my Police Record Clearance?
Police Criminal Record clearance must be verified by fingerprints. It can not be older than 3 months from the application date. You must get a police record from the countries you have lived during the past 5 years. 
A US Criminal Record must be either from:
a) The Department of Justice of the State where you have lived in the past 5 years. It must be legalized with the Apostille of the Hague Convention from the corresponding Secretary of the State.
b) FBI Records for International purposes issued by the U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation and must be legalized with the Apostille of the Hague Convention from the U.S. Department of State (in this case the Apostille must be from the Department of State and not from the Secretary of State)
For other countries, the certificate must be national wide and must have the Apostille of the Hague. If the country is not part of the Hague Convention Agreement, it must be legalized by the Spanish Consulate/Embassy in that country. If the certificate is not in English, it must have a certified translation
.
 
Where do I get the “Apostille of the Hague” to legalize my documents?
For documents issued by a local or state authority, it must be done by the Secretary of State of your state. If the document has been issued by a federal authority you can get the apostille from the U.S. Department of State (Washington D.C.).
 
Can my family come with me?
Yes. Your spouse and children (under 18 years old) can travel to Spain with you. For that you must deliver the marriage certificate and the birth certificates legalized with the Apostille of the Hague together with the rest of documents and requirements concerning the Work Visa. It would take longer to process the visas from your family members. Furthermore you will have to pay the “Tasas de Autorización de Residencia”. It is also necessary to make an appointment for each member.
 
What are the “Tasas de Autorización de Residencia”?
To continue with the process of your Residence Visa you must pay the Authorization of Residence fees. Certain visas are exempt of paying this fee (Short Stay Visa and Student Visa for example). Fill the form 790 and check our consular fees.
 
Do I need to translate the doctor’s certificate and the “Non-criminal record report” into Spanish?
Yes. These documents must be translated into Spanish by a certified translator.
 
Can I study with a Work Visa?
Yes. A Work Visa allows you not only to work, but also to study.
 
 
RESIDENCE VISA
 
What is the “Tasas de Autorización de Residencia”?
To continue with the process of your Residence Visa you must pay the Authorization of Residence fees. Certain visas are exempt of paying this fee (Short Stay Visa and Student Visa for example). Fill the form 790 and check our consular fees.
 
Can I take my family with me?
Yes. Your spouse and children (under 18 years old) can travel to Spain with you. For that you must deliver the marriage certificate and the birth certificates legalized with the Apostille of the Hague together with the rest of documents and requirements concerning the Work Visa. It would take longer to process the visas from your family members. Furthermore you will have to pay the “Tasas de Autorización de Residencia”. It is also necessary to make an appointment for each member.
 
Where I can get my Police Record Clearance?
Police Criminal Record clearance must be verified by fingerprints. It cannot be older than 3 months from the application date. You must get a police record from the countries you have lived during the past 5 years. 
A US Criminal Record must be either from:
a) The Department of Justice of the State where you have lived in the past 5 years. It must be legalized with the Apostille of the Hague Convention from the corresponding Secretary of the State.
b) FBI Records for International purposes issued by the U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation and must be legalized with the Apostille of the Hague Convention from the U.S. Department of State (in this case the Apostille must be from the Department of State and not from the Secretary of State)
For other Countries, the certificate must be national wide and must have the Apostille of the Hague. If the country is not part of the Hague Convention Agreement, it must be legalized by the Spanish Consulate/Embassy in that country. If the c
ertificate is not in English, it must have a certified translation.
 
Where do I get the “Apostille of the Hague” to legalize my documents?
For documents issued by a local or state authority, it must be done by the Secretary of State of your state. If the document has been issued by a federal authority you can get the apostille from the U.S. Department of State (Washington D.C.).
 
Do I need to translate the doctor's certificate and the “Police record report” into Spanish?
Yes. These documents must be translated into Spanish by a certified translator.
 
Can I send documents by mail?
No. You can only mail the documents if you are applying for a Student Visa.

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