Visas to Spain - Information
Complete information about short term schengen visas to Spain can be found in the following link:
Applicants are suggested to apply well in advance to the intended date of journey. Visa process can take up to 3 WEEKS AFTER SUBMISSION at BLS, if granted.
The short-term visas, commonly called "Schengen" are visas that enable nationals of countries outside the EU (subject to visa according to EU official list), to enter and stay in the territory of the Member States during the period stated therein which may, in no case, exceed 90 days per semester counting from the first day of entry. These visas do not do not enable the recipient to work in Spain (long term visa are needed for this purpose -see below-). If approval is granted, the number of entries and the duration is determined according to the assessment made of the purpose of the trip and documentation submitted without necessarily having to comply with the request of the applicant. For more information about the Schengen area and the characteristics of the Schengen visa, please visit the following link:
Following the instructions of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Embassy of Spain to the UAE has outsourced the submission of uniform schengen visa applications (short term visas). In this regard, all visa applications, either to obtain an appointment or to submit relevant documentation, must be done through BLS. For information and appointments visit: 
 +971 (0) 2 552 4492
All visa applications require appointment. This appointment can be requested via the above link or via telephone at the following number +971 (0) 2 552 4492. The online system gives each applicant appointments according to the availability. This Embassy does not intercede for appointments other than those granted by BLS, so no requests will be addressed in this regard by phone or via e-mail.

Visa applicants shall direct questions concerning general information on the procedure or visa requirements to BLS in the UAE +971 (0) 2 552 4492 or email:

This Embassy or BLS  DOES NOT PROVIDE ANY INFORMATION ON THE STATE OF THE PROCESSING OF A VISA, so no requests will be addressed and no answers will be given in this regard is by phone or via e-mail.

If your visa has been denied, both the reasons for the refusal and the procedure for filing an official administrative appeal (recurso de reposición) are clearly set out in the letter of refusal. It is mandatory that the appeal be written in spanish and fulfill all the requirements established by the Spanish legislation.
IMPORTANT- Applicants are suggested to apply well in advance to the intended date of journey. Visa process can take up to 3 WEEKS AFTER YOUR SUBMISSION at BLS, if granted.
INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS- Only complete applications can be accepted; non submission of required documents may lead to refusal of visa. Once the application is submitted, no changes in dates or conditions of travel will be admitted unless duly justified.
VISA FEES- must be paid upon submission of the above. Your application, passport and visa fee will be forwarded to the Embassy of Spain within one working day after submission (if submitted on Thursday, the application will reach the Embassy on Sunday). The visa fee is non refundable.
PASSPORT WITHDRAWAL- During the processing time the passport is secured in the Embassy. Passports can only be withdrawn during this period if a written request, signed by the applicant, is forwarded to the Embassy via BLS. No passports can be withdrawn directly  from the Embassy.

According to Spanish regulations, the Consular Section of the Embassy of Spain in Abu Dhabi, through BLS:

• May request any other documents or a personal interview. 
• May file the visa application if it has not been picked up by the applicant within one month of notification or grant.
Abu Dhabi
1311, Tamouh Tower (13th floor)
Marina square
Al Reem island

I-Rise Tower
Office 16C9 (16th floor)
Barsha Heights (TECOM)

Visa applicants shall direct any queries for information to
+971 (0) 2 552 4492
The deadline for processing short-term (Schengen) visa applications is 15 calendar days after the application has been submitted. This period may be extended to up to 30 calendar days in specific cases, especially when a more detailed examination of the application is necessary. Exceptionally, in specific cases where additional documents are necessary, this period may be extended to a maximum of 60 calendar days.
In the event that a visa is refused, the applicant shall be notified by means of a standard form indicating the grounds for refusal. In this case, a contentious-administrative appeal may be lodged before the High Court of Justice of Madrid within two months after the notification date (in spanish), or, optionally, an appeal (in spanish) for reversal before the same Diplomatic Mission within a month after the refusal notification date.
These visas entitle their holders to reside, to reside and work, to study, or to research in Spain. All foreigners wishing to enter Spain to reside, reside and work, or study, need to hold a visa of this kind, unless they are citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
Persons wishing to reside in Spain must obtain prior information about the procedures from the relevant bodies, mainly from the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Employment and Social Security.
Foreigners wishing to stay in Spain for more than 90 days to study, carry out research, training or internship activities, participate in student exchanges, or perform volunteer services, must obtain the corresponding visa, which will include the initial authorization to stay in Spain. Please dowload the following chekclist, follow instructions and obtain all necessary documents before applying.
NEW Residence visas for investors under Law 14/2013
The information attached hereunder covers the residence visas created by Law 14/2013 of support to entrepreneurs and their internationalization. You can visit the web for detailed information
Real Estate investors

These visas are available for those who acquire now a real estate property in Spain worth minimum 500.000€. Old properties do not entitle for this visa. The property must have been purchased a maximum of 90 days before the visa application is submitted. It is highly advisable to contact the Embassy prior to any operation and have legal counseling in Spain as requirements must be fully completed to obtain this visa / residence.

Capital investors

These visas require a capital investment of at least to 2 million € in Spanish bonds or of at least 1 million € in the acquisition of shares of Spanish companies or deposits of at least 1 million € in Spanish banks. The investment has to be carried out a maximum of 60 days before the application is submitted.
Entrepreneurs and Business projects
These visas are available for those who present a business or entrepreneurial project to be carried out in Spain considered of “general interest” by its authorities. The project must be presented to the Economic and Commercial Office of the Embassy of Spain in Dubai for evaluation
Highly qualified professionals

These visas are available only for highly qualified professionals who are to be engaged by companies in Spain. It is for the company in Spain to request the residence permit.
Research & Development & investigation

 These visas are available to those foreigners who intend to carry out academic activities or research in universities and other high educational institutions as well as scientific and technical activities in public or private R+D institutions.
Intracorporate transferees 
These visas are available for professionals moving within the same company. It is for the company in Spain to request the residence permit”.

Common requirements
After the approval of relevant Spanish authorities and once in possession of all required documents for each category of residence visa stated above, it is necessary to apply for the visa in the Embassy. In order to do that:
applicant must:

1. be above 18 years old.
2. Complete and sign application form.
-Fully completed in English or Spanish and signed and dated by the applicant himself.
-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. Two recent biometric passport sized photographs. Not older than 6 months
4. Passport + photocopies. Must include a valid UAE residence permit and a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of issuance of the requested visa. Passport cannot be older than 10 years
5. Overseas medical insurance valid for the duration of the requested visa and all Schengen countries. Must cover all risks expected during the time of stay in the Schengen area. Minimum coverage is 30,000 € and must include repatriation. Medical insurances connected to credit cards are not accepted. 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 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 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 12.768€ (for the main applicant) and 6.384€ 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:
-savings accounts/current account bank statements for the last 12 months
-bank deposits/ etc. held for the last 12 months
-letter explaining origin of the funds
-name of applicant must be as account holder in every document (account under the name of a company are not valid).
9. All required documents for each category of residence visa (real estate investors, capital investors, entrepreneurs, highly qualified professionals
In case the visa is approved it will have a period of validity of one year during which the applicant must travel to Spain and apply for the residence.

Applicant’s family members
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 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. 
In case the visa is approved it will have a period of validity of one year during which the applicant must travel to Spain and apply for the residence.

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