Student Visa
 
 
STUDENT VISA 
 
The visa process takes around 4 weeks from the day all documents are presented. If your program lasts over 180 days, you will need a certificate of police criminal checks and a medical certificate. See details below. Australian citizens may enter Spain as a student for up to 90 days without a visa. 

WHERE AND WHEN TO APPLY 

The Consular Section of the Embassy of Spain in Canberra will consider applications for Visas. Apply at this Consular Section, if your permanent address is in the ACT or Queanbeyan. Provide proof of residency with a copy of either the following: Australian Driver’s license, Voter’s Registration Card, current Student ID... For other States, check the corresponding Consulates of Sydney or Melbourne. See end of post.

No visa will be processed by mail. 
Apply in person or by legal representative (only parents or custodians) written, notarized authorization needed. In the latter case, the applicant must come in person to collect the visa. 

PREPARE YOUR DOCUMENTS 

Original and copy of each of the following: 
1. National visa application form: The application forms must be signed and filled out in print. You can find the form here​.
2. Original Passport: Passport valid for a minimum of 90 days after your intended date of departure from Spain, with at least two blank pages to affix the visa. Make a copy of the data page. Your passport will remain at the Embassy. Provide proof of residency with a copy of either the following: Australian Driver’s license, Voter’s Registration Card, current Student ID. 
3. TWO passport-sized photos: (White Background, 2x2in) One per application form glued on them. 
4. Acceptance Letter: As a full-time student in Spain from the Spanish University/School indicating: name, address, telephone and fax number, and registration number with the Ministry of Education of Spain; full payment tuition; duration of the program (date of start & date that finishes); subjects of study; hours of study per week (20 at least). 
5. Planned round trip itinerary printout: We recommend that you do not purchase your travel tickets until your visa has been issued, but we will need to see proof of bookings. 
6. Evidence of funds: Provide one of the following: 
• Statement from the University/School program assuming full financial responsibility for room and board (commonly included in the ‘Letter of acceptance’). 
• Evidence of having enough funds (i.e. current bank statements showing last 3 months of transactions).
• Statutory declaration of parents/custodians, assuming full financial responsibility for room and board. Bring bank statements (showing last 3 months of transactions) and birth certificate. 
7. Health Insurance: Provide a letter from your health insurance company or travel insurance with international coverage for the intended period of stay in Spain at a minimum of 30,000 Euros (or its equivalent in Australian dollars) showing cover for hospitalization and repatriation. 
8. Police Criminal Record clearance for stays over 180 days must be verified by fingerprints. (National Police “Name and Fingerprint Check”). It cannot be older than 3 months from the date of application. The certificate must be issued by the Australian Federal Police: http://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx. You must also get a police record from the countries where you have lived during the past 5 years. 
9. Medical Certificate for stays over 180 days. A doctor’s recent statement (not older than 3 months in doctor’s or medical center’s letterhead) indicating exactly that ‘the student (you name) has been examined and found free of any contagious diseases according to the International Health Regulation 2005’. Must be signed by a M.D. 
10. Proof of accommodation in Spain (showing address, phone, email and dates). 
11. Minors (under 18 years of age): Notarised, written authorization of parents/custodians to travel to Spain. 
12. Evidence of Immigration Status in Australia [Non-Australian passport holders only]: Provide a Permanent Residency letter. 

Be advised that additional requirements may be requested. You might need to have some documents translated into Spanish. Visa fees 

VERY IMPORTANT 

• For programs over 180 days, you must first obtain a visa to that effect. Within a month upon arrival in Spain, you must also request from the Spanish Police (Policía Nacional) a Student Resident Card ID valid for the completion of studies. 
• In order to apply for a Student Residence Card ID, you must provide the original Medical Certificate and the original Police Criminal Record. These documents will be returned to you once they have been checked by the Consulate. 

ALL APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE LODGED IN PERSON. IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO LODGE AN APPLICATION BY POST.
 
 

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