Visa information and Requirements

  

 

The visa office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 to 13h.

 

THIS VISA OFFICE IS CLOSED ON FRIDAYS

 

To apply for a visa you must appear in person. No visas will be processed by mail. Applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. We do not give appointments.

Applicants must have permanent or temporary residency status in the USA. B1/B2 holders do not qualify to apply for any type of visa in this Consulate Office, they must apply in their country of legal residence. You must apply at the Spanish Consulate that belongs to your jurisdiction. This Consulate General has jurisdiction over the following states: Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina. If you live elsewhere make sure to check what consulate you need to go to.

The visa will be affixed to your passport and must be presented at the Schengen border officials at the port of entry. You can not request the visa in Spain or through mail.

 

Short Stay Visa (Schengen Visa)

The Schengen Agreement establishes a unified type of visa for short stays (up to 90 days) for the participant European countries, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. 

 

A Schengen Visa issued by an Embassy or Consulate of the aforementioned countries allows the holder to travel freely throughout all of them. If you intend to visit only one Schengen country, you must apply at the Consulate of that particular country. If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply at the consulate of your main destination (where you are spending the most days). If you are part of a cruise please note the number of days spent in each port. If you are spending the same amount of days in several countries, you must apply at the consulate of your country of first entry. 
 
US citizens and citizens of other nationalities not included in the list of countries that need visa to cross the Schengen borders can stay up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.


Tourist and business visa requirements:

ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented:

 

Requirements:

 

-Schengen Application form dully filled out and signed.
- One passport size photo with a white background.
- Passport or Official Travel Document issued in the past ten years (a passport issued prior to that will not be accepted, you will have to renew it) and valid for a minimum of three months counting from the expected date of return to the United States. Please make sure your passport has at least one blank page to affix the visa. 

- Alien Residence Card (Green-Card) or residence visa valid in USA. F-1 visa holders need to bring the I-20. B1-B2 visa holders are not eligible to apply.
- Planned travel itinerary/printout of a roundtrip airline ticket reservation. 
- Hotel reservations or a letter of invitation from a Citizen or a Legal Resident of Spain issued by the local police station. We need the original document.
- Your latest bank statement. Online printouts will be accepted. 
- Proof of Health/Travel Accident Insurance in the Schengen area stating that you will be covered 100% with no deductibles or co-pays for a minimum coverage of 30.000 euros (or its equivalent in USD) for medical emergencies and repatriation services. If your health insurance company can not provide this coverage you will have to purchase travel insurance for the days of your trip.  

- Letter of Employment stating your job title, length of time employed and annual salary. For professional or business trips the letter should also indicate the dates and purpose of your trip. If you are self-Employed you must submit your latest Income Tax Return.
- Cash in exact change or a Money Order to pay the non-refundable visa fee of 65,00. There is no fee for children younger than 6, the fee for children between 6 and 12 is $38. The visa fee for nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Moldavia is $38. 

 

Your visa may take between one to two weeks to be approved. Plan your trip ahead.

 

If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you (you must be in the US territory) you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibility.

 

•ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY•

 


Long Stay Visas

 

These visas will allow you to remain in Spain for longer than 90 days. Once approved and issued you will be able to obtain a residency card once in Spain that will cover your stay there.   

 

You MUST apply in person.

 

B1-B2 visas can not apply for a long stay visa at this Consulate General. They need to return to their country of legal residence and contact our Consulate there.

 

- Residence visa to retire in Spain
- Residence visa to work in Spain as an employee
- Residence visa for investors or self-employment
- Residence visa to reunite a family member with a legal resident in Spain
- Residence visa to reunite a family member with a citizen of Spain or a EU member
- Student visa

- Non lucrative visa

- Residence with exemption of work permit.

- Entrepreneur visa and visas under Law 14/2013

 

Residency Visa to Retire in Spain.

This visa allows you to reside in Spain without working or doing any lucrative activities

ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented:

 

Requirements:


- National Visa Application form dully filled out and signed.
- One passport size photo with a white background.
- Passport valid for a minimum of six months.
- Alien Residence Card (Green-Card) or residence visa valid in USA.
- Federal or State Police Report bearing the "Apostille of the Hague Convention" issued by the office of the Secretary of the State where the report has been issued. This document needs to be translated into Spanish.

- Original medical certificate typed on doctor´s stationary verifying that the applicant is free from any contagious diseases, this certificate must also certify that the applicant is free of drug addictions and mental illness. This document needs to be translated into Spanish. 
- Proof/s that you have sufficient financial means for you (and your accompanying family) during the stay in Spain without the need to work.

- Proof of Health Insurance coverage in Spain.
- Money Order or Cash to pay the non-refundable visa fee of $160 for US citizens. The fee for other nationalities (not US citizens) is $65. The visa fee for nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Moldavia is $38.

 

If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you (you must be in the US territory), you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibility.

 
Resolution time for this type of visa is between three to four weeks.
 
 
•ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY•
 
 
 
Residence Visa to Work in Spain as an Employee.
 
 
This visa allows a foreigner to work in Spain as an employee.
 
ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented
 
 
Requirements:
 
- National Visa Application form dully filled out and signed.
- Passport valid for a minimum of six months.
- Alien Residence Card (Green-Card) or residence visa valid in the USA.
- One passport size photo with a white background.
 - Letter from the Immigration Office in Spain ("Extranjería") addressed to the company or employer in Spain notifying of the approval for the working permit and residency visa. (This must be done by the company or employer before your visa's application).
-Federal or State Police Report bearing the "Apostille of the Hague Convention" issued by the office of the Secretary of the State where the report has been issued. This document needs to be translated into Spanish. 
- Original medical certificate typed on doctor´s stationary verifying that the applicant is free from any contagious diseases, this certificate must also certify that the applicant is free of drug addictions and mental illness. This documents needs to be translated into Spanish.
- Money Order or Cash to pay the non-refundable visa fee of $190 for US citizens. The fee for other nationalities (not US citizens) is $65,00. The visa fee for nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Moldavia is $38.
 
If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you(you must be in the US territory) , you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibility.
 
Resolution time for this type of visa is between two to seven business days.
 
 
•ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY•
 
 
Residence Visa for Investors or self-employment 
 
This visa allows a foreigner to reside in Spain as an investor or self-employed person.
 
ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented
 
 
Requirements:
 
- Passport valid for a minimum of one year.
- One passport size photo with a white background.
- Alien Residence Card (Green-Card) or residence visa valid in the USA.
- Official form EX01 requesting authorization for residence and self-employment which the Consulate will forward to the proper local authorities in Spain ("Delegación o Subdelegación de Gobierno de la provincia correspondiente").
Police Records Certificate from the country of origin or place of you residence for the last five years bearing the "Apostille of the Hague Convention" or if the country issuing such document is not part of the "Hague Convention" such documents must be dully legalized.
- Federal or State Police Report from the country of origin or place of you residence for the last five years bearing the "Apostille of the Hague Convention" or if the country issuing such document is not part of the "Hague Convention" such documents must be dully legalized. Federal or State Police Report from the country of origin or place of you residence for the last five years bearing the "Apostille of the Hague Convention" or if the country issuing such document is not part of the "Hague Convention" such documents must be dully legalized. This document needs to be translated into Spanish.
- Original medical certificate typed on doctor´s stationary verifying that the applicant is free from any contagious diseases, this certificate must also certify that the applicant is free of drug addictions and mental illness. This document needs to be translated into Spanish.
- Proper Academic Title or Degree required in your line of work. (The Title or Degree must be dully legalized for Spain with the Hague Apostille).
- Documentation that shows that you are financially sound or letter/s from the Bank/s regarding that matter. 
- Work or Investment Project that shows the kind and/or type of business to conduct as well as the projected financial gains and, if applicable, any work positions to be created by such project.
- List of the required authorizations and/or permits required to open or conduct your future business along with the status of such permits and /or licenses already obtained if any from the proper authorities.
- There are several fees applicable to this type of visa. Please ask the Consulate prior to your application.
 
If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you (you must be in the US territory), you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibility.
 
Resolution time for this type of visa is between two to three months.
 
- ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY.
 
  
 
Residence Visa to Reunite a Family Member with a Legal Residence in Spain.
 
 
The foreigner, who has been a legal resident in Spain for one year and had its residency permit renewed for another year can reunite the following family members:
 
- Spouse. If they are not legally separated.
- Their children or their spouse's, who are not married and are under 18 years of age or incapacitated and are not married.
- Minors (under 18 years old) or incapacitated that are under his/her legal custody.
- Parents, or from the spouse's, if they are dependents and there are proven reasons for them to justify their need for residency in Spain.
 
ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented
 
Requirements:
 
- National Visa Application forms dully filled out and signed.
- Passport valid for a minimum of six months.
- Alien Residence Card (Green-Card)  or residence visa valid in the USA.
- Copy of the residency permit authorization notified to the foreign resident that wants to reunite a member of his family. This process is done in Spain by the resident that wants to reunite a member of his family mentioned above and it must obtain the proper resolution from the "Delegación o Subdelegación del Gobierno".
- One passport size photo with a white background.
- Documents proving the family ties and if applicable the legal ones.
- Birth certificate or Marriage certificate bearing the "Apostille of the Hague Convention". If the country issuing such document is not part of the "Hague Convention" such documents must be dully legalized. 
- Copy of the passport from the foreigner residing in Spain.
- Federal or State Police Report from the country of origin or place of you residence where you have lived at least 6 months in the past five years bearing the "Apostille of the Hague Convention". If the country issuing such document is not part of the "Hague Convention" such documents must be dully legalized.This document needs to be translated into Spanish.
- Original medical certificate typed on doctor´s stationary verifying that the applicant is free from any contagious diseases, this certificate must also certify that the applicant is free of drug addictions and mental illness. This document needs to be translated into Spanish.
- Money Order or Cash to pay the non-refundable visa fee of $65 for adults, $38 for children between 6 and 12 and there is no fee for children younger than 6. The visa fee for nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Moldavia is $38.
 
If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you (you must be in the US territory), you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibility
 
 Resolution time for this type of visa is between two to four weeks.
 
•ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY•
 
 
Residence Visa to Reunite a Family Member with a Citizen of Spain or Other EU Country.
 
It must be obtained by all nationals that are not EU citizens or they are from the countries that require visas to travel to the Schengen countries (See Anejo 1 ICC) to reunite for residence in Spain with a Spaniard or an EU citizen including Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland with whom they have the following family ties:
 
- Spouse. If you are not legally separated.
- Their children or their spouse's, who are not married and are under 21 years of age or incapacitated and are not married.
- Minors (under 21 years old) or incapacitated that are under the resident's legal custody.
- Parents, or from the spouse's, if they are dependents and there are proven reasons for them to justify their need for residency in Spain
 
American citizens and those of nationalities that do not require visa according the above mentioned list (Anejo 1 ICC) do not require a residence visa and must apply for their residence card once they arrive in Spain. They will need to have the marriage properly registered. Those married to a national of Spain will have to have a Family Book proving the registration of the marriage. Similar registrations apply to other EU countries.
 
ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented
 
Requirements:
 
- Schengen Visa Application form dully filled out and signed.
- Passport valid for a minimum of six months.
- Alien Residence Card (Green-Card) or residence visa valid in USA.
- One passport size photo with a white background.
- Documents proving the family ties, EU Marriage registration, Family Book or equivalent.  
- For descendants or ascendants older that 21 years of age documents that prove that the citizen of the EU residing in Spain is their financial supporter.
- Copy of the passport from the Spaniard or EU member residing in Spain.
"Empadronamiento" from the person residing in Spain if applicable. 
- Money Order or Cash to pay the non-refundable visa fee of $65 for adults, $38for children between 6 and 12 and there is no fee for children younger than 6. The visa fee for nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Moldavia is $38.
 
If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you (you must be in the US territory), you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibility.
 
Resolution time for this type of visa is one to two weeks.
 
 
 -ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY.
 
 
 
Student Visa
 
 
This type of visa allows you to:  
 
- Study in a public or private institution
- Do research work in a Spanish university
- Be an Au Pair
- Be an intern/volunteer
- Participate in a government exchange program teaching English in public schools (Programa de Auxiliares de Conversación)
 
 
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to study in Spain for less than 90 days.
 
This visa must be obtained for studies under 3 months by all nationals that are not EU citizens or they are from the countries that require visas to travel to the Schengen countries (see Anejo 1 ICC ).
 
You can apply at this Consulate if you have your permanent residency or study in our jurisdiction (Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina).If you live or study in another area please check with the appropriate Consulate.
 
The application must be submitted in person by you or through your parents. If the parents apply for the visa on behalf of their son/daughter, the student must pick up the visa in person (We need to see the student at least once).
 
We do NOT accept applications by mail. Applications are accepted on a first come first serve basis.  By submitting your student visa application you can also apply for the visa for your spouse and children under 18 years of age.
The visa will be affixed to your passport before you depart the United States and it must be presented at your point of entry into the Schengen countries.
 
ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented
 
Requirements:
 
- National Visa Application form dully filled out and signed.
- Passport. The passport must be valid for the intended period of your stay in Spain with at least one blank page to affix the visa.
- One recent passport size photo with a white background.
- Evidence of your migratory status in the USA (Only for non US citizens): Provide your "Alien Registration Card" or “US Visa with I-20/IA. 
- Letter of acceptance as a full time student from Spain's University/School or US program indicating: name, address and registration number of the school with Spain's Department of Education; (Ministerio de Educación de España) full payment of tuition, duration of the program, subjects of the study and hours of study per week which must be no less than 20.
- Health Insurance (original form): International insurance coverage for health/accident with a minimum coverage equal to €30,000 during the planning period of stay in Spain (or its equivalency in dollars).
- Proofs of financial means during your stay: Please provide one of the following:
- Letter from the University or School in Spain or in the USA assuming full financial responsibility during your stay (this is often included into the acceptance letter)
- Proof of financial aid or scholarship for at least $1,000 per month for room and board.
- Notarized letter from your parents or legal guardians assuming full financial responsibility for at least $1,000 per month for room and board. Suggested wording: “I hereby certify that I'm the (father/mother/other) of (...), will support him/her with a monthly allowance of at least $1,000 while he/she is in Spain and that I'm financially responsible for any emergency that may arise".
Personal bank account statements showing at least $1,000 per month of stay.
- Money Order or Cash to pay the non-refundable visa fee of $160 for US citizens. The fee for other nationalities (not US citizens) is $65for adults, $38for children between 6 and 12 and there is no fee for children younger than 6. The visa fee for nationals of Russia, Ukraine, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Moldavia is $38.
- Notarized authorization letter to travel and study abroad from the parents or custodians (only if the applicant is under 18 years of age).
 
If you are staying longer than six months please provide:
  
- Federal or State Police Report. This Certificate must bear the "Apostille of The Hague Convention" (Contact the Secretary of State of the issuing state). If the Certificate is issued outside the USA it must be duly legalized by the corresponding Consulate of Spain.
- Medical Certificate. Doctor's statement on a doctor or medical center letterhead, indicating that  the student has been examined and found in good physical and mental health to travel to study abroad and is free of contagious diseases.
 
ONLY IF THE STUDENT APPLIES IN PERSON. If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you (you must be in the US territory), you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibility
 
-ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY.
 
If your documents are accepted to process the visa they will not be returned.
 
Applications for this type of visa will neither be accepted more than three months in advance nor less than one month before the departure date.
 
It generally takes between four to six weeks to process this type of visa.
 
If granted your visa will allow you to study in Spain for the requested period of time, as specified on the visa sticker, (“del….al….”). Keep in mind the date format in Europe: Day, Month and Year.
 
If your stay in Spain is for a period longer than 180 days you will have to request, within one month of your arrival in Spain, an authorization for the completion of your studies as well as the proper student ID card from the Police Department  in Spain ("Policia Nacional").
 
Due to the high number of applicants, we recommend all students to apply for their visas as soon as possible, at the latest six weeks prior to the departure date. Plan your trip in advance
 
 
 
Non Lucrative Visa
 
This visa will allow you to live in Spain. You will not be able to work while holding this visa. However, if you have a job in the USA that allows you to work remotly, you can be eligible for this type of visa.   

 

ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented

 
Requirements:
- Passport  issued in the past ten years and valid for a minimum of 6 months. If you are not a US citizen you must show proof of legal residency in the US (Green Card or proper visa).
- One recent passport size photo with white background.
- Financial proof. This is the most important requirement for this type of visa. You must bring documents showing that you have enough means – either in bank accounts, savings or investments – to be able to live in Spain without earning money. If you are going to be employed while in Spain by your company in the USA , you will have to bring a current letter of employment stating the salary you will ve receiving while abroad. If you are going as a dependent, you must bring a marriage certificate (spouse) and birth certificates (children).
- If you have already a place to live or a lease agreement, you should support your application with any documents you may have.
- Health Insurance. Proof of health insurance coverage while in Spain. We do not accept insurance cards. We need a letter from your insurance stating that you will be covered while travelling to Spain. Travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros or its equivalent in US dollars. .
Federal or State Police Record from where the applicant has spent 6 months or more during the last year. This document needs to be translated into Spanish and once translated it must have the Hague Apostille. Please contact the Secretary of State of the state you live in for further information.
Medical Certificate  typed on doctors stationary verifying that the applicant is in good physical and mental health and free of any contagious illness. This document needs to be translated into Spanish.
- There are two different fees, a visa fee and a residency permit fee, you may pay with cash or Money Order. 

US citizens - $140 non refundable.
Non US citizens (most nationalities) $65 non refundable.
Residency Permit Fee.- $11
 
If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you (you must be in the US territory), you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibility.
 
Resolution time for this type of visa is between three to five weeks.
 
 -ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY.
 

Residency with the Excemption of Work Permit (Scientific Reasons)
This visa will allow you to cooperate and work with a Spanish institution focused on research and investigation.

ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented
 

Requirements:


National Visa application form.
Passport issued in the last ten years and valid for a minimum of 6 months. If you are not a US citizen you must show proof of legal residency in the US with a Green Card or proper visa.
- One recent passport photo with white background.
- Original Letter of invitation from a Spanish institution, explaining the purpose and length of your stay.
- Federal or State Police Record from where the applicant has spent 6 months or more during the last year.This document needs to be translated into Spanish and once translated it must have the Hague Apostille. Please contact the Secretary of State of the state you live in for further information.
- Medical Certificate typed on doctors stationary verifying that the applicant is in good mental and physical health and it is free of contagious diseases. The document must be signed by the doctor. This document needs to be translated into Spanish. 

The are two different fees, a visa fee and a residency permit fee  (Money Order or exact cash only):

US citizens - $140 non refundable.
Non US citizens $65 non refundable.
Residency Permit Fee.- $ 11
If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you (you must be in the US territory), you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibilit.
 
Resolution time for this type of visa is between three to five weeks
 
 
 -ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY.
 

Residency with the Excemption of Work Permit (Academic Reasons)

 

This visa will allow you to cooperate and work with a Spanish Universityor a private school.

 

ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented.

 

Requirements:


- National visa application form.
- Passport issued in the last ten years and valid for a minimum of 6 months.  If you are not a US citizen you must show proof of legal residency in the US (Green Card or proper visa).
-One recent passport photos with white background.
- Letter of invitation from a Spanish University or Institution inviting the applicant and explaining the purpose and length of stay.
- Certificate of the Ministry of Education that confirms the registry of the University.
- Federal or State Police Record from where the applicant has spent 6 months or more during the last year.This document needs to be translated into Spanish and once translated it must have the Hague Apostille. Please contact the Secretary of State of the state you live in for further information. .
- Medical Certificate typed on doctors stationary verifying that the applicant is in good mental and physical and it is free of contagious diseases. The document must be signed by the doctor. This document needs to be translated into Spanish. 


The are two different fees, a visa fee and a residency permit fee  (Money Order or exact cash only):

US citizens - $140 non refundable.
Non US citizens (most nationalities) $65 non refundable.
Residency Permit Fee.- $ 11
 
If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you (you must be in the US territory), you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibilit.
 
Resolution time for this type of visa is between three to five weeks
 
 
 -ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY.
 
 
 
Residency with the Excemption of Work Permit  (Religious Reasons)
This visa will allow you to cooperate and work with a religious institution or organization based in Spain.

ORIGINAL AND ONE PHOTOCOPY of each of the following items must be presented.
 
Requirements:
 
- National Visa application form completed and signed.
- Passport issued in the last ten years and valid for a minimum of 6 months.  If you are not a US citizen you must show proof of legal residency in the US (Green Card or proper visa).
- One recent passport photo with white background.
Letter of invitation from a religious order of Spain, explaining the purpose and length of your stay. 
Certificate of the Ministry of Justice in Spain that confirms the legal registry of the religious order.
- Police Record. Certificate of good conduct issued by the state police in which the applicant has spent 6 months or more during the last year.This document needs to be translated into Spanish and once translated it must have the Hague Apostille. Please contact the Secretary of State of the state you live in for further information
- Medical Certificate typed on doctors stationary verifying that the applicant is in good mental and physical health and it is free of contagious diseases. The document must be signed by the doctor. This document needs to be translated into Spanish.

The are two different fees, a visa fee and a residency permit fee  (Money Order or exact cash only):

US citizens - $140 non refundable.
Non US citizens (most nationalities) $65 non refundable.
Residency Permit Fee.- $ 11
 
If you wish for your passport to be mailed back to you (you must be in the US territory), you should include with your application a prepaid Express Mail envelope from the US Post Office. No other courier service is accepted. This Consulate does not track mail, it is the applicant's responsibilit.
 
Resolution time for this type of visa is between three to five weeks
 
 
 -ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS MAY APPLY.
 


Residence visas under Law 14/2013
 
The information attached hereunder covers the residence visas created by Law 14/2013, dated 27 September, of support to entrepreneurs and their internationalization. You may find more information in the Law itself (english translation), in this presentation (.pdf) or the brochure (.pdf).
 
Before purchasing a property in Spain, you must inform yourself properly of the different steps to be taken. You may find more information in the guide (.pdf) published by the Association of Land Registrars of Spain.
 
The visas regulated in this Law are the following:
 
- Residence visas for capital investors (brochure .pdf)
- Residence visas for buyers of real estate  (brochure .pdf).
- Residence visas for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities  (brochure .pdf).
- Residence visas for highly qualified professionals  (brochure .pdf).
- Residence visas for educational or research activities  (brochure .pdf).
- Residence visas for intra-company moves (brochure .pdf). 
 
The Law establishes the following COMMON REQUIREMENTS to all these categories:   
  1. Applicant must be above 18 years old.
  2. Application form
    1. Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself.
    2. If the applicant is under the age of 18, both parents or legal guardian must sign a “Letter of consent”; passport copies of the father and mother have to be attached. 
  3. One recent biometric passport sized photographs with the following requirements:
    1. pictures must comply with EU recommendations (can be consulted in this Website)
    2. Should not be older than 6 months.
  4. Passport
    1. passport must include a valid UAE residence permit with a minimum validity of six months after the date of issuance of the visa
    2. passport must have a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of issuance of the requested visa.
    3. Signed by bearer
    4. Passport not older than 10 years
    5. Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport
    6. Previous passport if applicable
  5. Overseas medical insurance:
    1. Valid for the duration of the requested visa and all Schengen countries.
    2. must cover all risks expected during the time of stay in the Schengen area, including repatriation
    3. minimum coverage is 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances connected to credit cards are not accepted)
    4. Conditions must be stated either on insurance document or on separate confirmation letter
    5. the insurance company must be licensed to operate in Spain.
  6. Criminal record certificate for the past five years issued by the competent authorities of the country (or countries) where the applicant has lived in the five years prior to submission of the application. For applicants who have resided (or currently reside) in the UAE, the criminal record must be dully legalized, translated into Spanish or English and have been issued within three months prior to submission of the application.
  7. Payment of the visa fee.
  8. Proof of sufficient financial availability for a minimum of two years after the date of submission. These means must cover an approximate amount of 2.130 € per month (for the main applicant) and 532 € for each dependant person under the applicant’s charge (each applicant’s family member applying for residence visa). In order to prove these financial guarantees, the applicant must submit original and photocopy of the following documents:
    1. savings accounts/current account bank statements for the last 12 months
    2. bank deposits/ etc. held for the last 12 months
    3. YOUR NAME as account holder HAS TO BE STATED in every document.
Applicant’s family members (sons/daughters & spouse) must request a:
 
RESIDENCE VISA FOR FAMILY MEMBERS:  Requirements:
 
Each family member must present a separate application and a separate set of required documents.
 
Family members entitled to apply for this kind of visa:
 
Spouse
Children under 18 years
Children over 18 who are objectively unable to provide their own needs due to their state of health.
 
Requirements number 2 to number 7 mentioned above. NOTE: criminal records certificate for children only over 14 years.
For spouse: authenticated birth certificate; if the country is not UAE, the certificate must be legalized by the Spanish Consulate in the country of issuance. If the certificate is in a language other than English or Spanish, it must be officially translated into Spanish or English and the translation must be certified by the Spanish Consulate in the country of issuance.  
For children: authenticated birth certificate; if the country is not UAE, the certificate must be legalized by the Spanish Consulate in the country of issuance. If the certificate is in a language other than English or Spanish, it must be officially translated into Spanish or English and the translation must be certified by the Spanish Consulate in the country of issuance.  
 
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR:
 
RESIDENCE VISAS FOR CAPITAL INVESTORS
  
These visas require a capital investment of at least to 2 million euros in Spanish bonds or of at least 1 million euros in the acquisition of shares of Spanish companies or deposits of at least 1 million euros in Spanish banks.
The investment has to be carried out a maximum of 60 days before the application is submitted.
The investments are justified:
  • In the case of acquisition of shares of non publicly traded companies, a certificate issued by the “Registro de Inversiones Exteriores dl Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad”
  • In the case of acquisitions of publicly traded companies, certificate of a registered broker.
  • In case of acquisition of Spanish bonds, a certificate of a bank or of the Bank of Spain accrediting the investment for a period of at least 5 years.
  • In case of a bank deposit, a bank certificate.
In case the visa is approved it will have a period of validity of one year.
 
RESIDENCE VISAS FOR BUYERS OF REAL ESTATE
 
These visas are available for those who acquire real estate property in Spain worth at least 500.000 euros.
The property must have been purchased a maximum of 90 days before the visa application is submitted.
The investment is accredited by the “certificado de dominio y cargas del Registro de la Propiedad”.
 
In case the visa is approved it will have a period of validity of one year.
 
RESIDENCE VISAS FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVITIES
 
These visas are available for those who present a business or entrepreneurial project to be carried out in Spain and which is considered of “general interest”.
The project must be presented to the Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of Spain in Dubai (UAE) for evaluation. If the evaluation of the project is positive, a report will be issued which must then be presented together with the visa application in this Embassy.
 
In case the visa is approved it will have a period of validity of one year.
 
RESIDENCE VISAS FOR HIGHLY QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS
 
These visas are available for highly qualified professional who are to be engaged by companies in Spain. It is for the company in Spain to request the residence permit through the “Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos”. Once the visa is approved by the “Dirección General de Migraciones”, the applicant must submit the application form and all the documents specified in the “common requirements”.
 
In case the visa is approved it will have a period of validity of one year.
 
RESIDENCE VISAS FOR EDUCATIONAL OR RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
 
These visas are available to those foreigners who intend to carry out in Spain activities in the field of research, academic activities in universities and other tertiary educational institutions and scientific and technical activities in public or private R+D institutions.
 
In case the visa is approved it will have a period of validity of one year.
 
RESIDENCE VISAS FOR INTRA-COMPANY MOVES
 
These visas are available for professionals moving within the same company. It is for the company in Spain to request the residence permit through the “Unidad de Grandes Empresas y Colectivos Estratégicos”. Once the visa is approved by the “Dirección General de Migraciones”, the applicant must submit the application form and all the “common requirements” .
 
In case the visa is approved it will have a period of validity of one year.



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