Language Assistance Program Visa
LANGUAGE AND CULTURE ASSISTANTS IN SPAIN VISA 
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUSTRALIAN APPLICANTS 
SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019
 
Successful candidates for the Language Assistantships Programme are eligible for a student visa. This means that the post as language assistant is regarded as a scholarship and, for administrative reasons, it is considered as a continuation of university studies. Once you receive an official notification of having been selected for the vacancy, you need to apply for a Spanish Visa (National Visa) at the relevant Spanish Consulate. 

REQUIREMENTS

1. Proof of residence in Australia, original and photocopy (driver’s licence preferred/student card or similar). 
2. Acceptance letter from the School/Association/Institution detailing conditions of agreement. 
3. Original and photocopy of passport (minimum validity, 90 days after your exit from Spain) and at least two blank pages. 
4. Application form duly completed and signed with a photocopy of this form and one passport-type photograph glued to each of the application forms. 
5. Flight itinerary or a copy of tickets with proof of having booked a return flight. 
6. A non-refundable visa fee

Only for stays over 180 days: 
7. Medical Certificate stating the following: “Mr./Ms. [Applicant’s name] does not suffer from any illness or disease that can constitute a public health risk as stipulated in the International Health regulation of 2005, and is fit to travel.” This certificate cannot be older than three months at the time of the application. No special form is required. 
8. Original and photocopy of Australia wide National Police Certificate and Fingerprint Check (obtained from the Australian Federal Police) and for all other countries where you have resided in the last 5 years. This certificate cannot be older than three months at the time of the application. 

These are general guidelines. Please check with your Consulate for specific document requirements. 

FURTHER INFORMATION 

Be aware that visitors travelling to some countries are required to be in possession of passports that are valid for six months beyond the period of their intended stay in those countries. If in doubt, please contact the relevant diplomatic or consular office of that country or the airline with which you will be travelling. You'll need a passport valid for 3 months in Schengen countries. 

You cannot apply for this visa earlier than 90 days before the beginning of your placement. The processing time frame for this visa is one month. Basically this allows you to enter Spain up to two months prior to the beginning of your visa’s validity. If you enter as a tourist, you will have to activate your visa later on at the Foreigners Office where you live in Spain. 

You can only lodge your application in your country of current residence. 
You cannot process the visa in Spain. 
It is the applicant’s responsibility to lodge the application on time. 

If you are staying in Spain for more than six months, your visa’s validity will be 90 days. You will have to apply for a student card at the Foreigners Office where you live in Spain, within the first 30 days of arrival in Spain. Your student card will replace your visa for the duration of your stay. 

If you are staying in Spain for less than six months, your visa will cover the entire duration of your stay, no student card being needed. 

To lodge your application, please see below specifications of your relevant Consulate. 

IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS 
1. It is highly recommended that you take out travel insurance for any period of travel prior to the commencement or after the completion of the placement. 
2. You should have sufficient funds available in Spain for at least the first two months of your placement. Take into account that you will have a series of expenses upon your arrival and other unforeseen circumstances may arise. 
3. Make sure all original documents are returned to you as you will need them in Spain. 

ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING VISA APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO YOUR CORRESPONDING CONSULATE 

SPANISH CONSULATES IN AUSTRALIA 
You will need to apply for the visa at the relevant Spanish Consulate depending on your place of residence 

1. Embassy of Spain, Consular Office in Canberra, for residents in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) or Queanbeyan. 
Address: 15 Arkana St. Yarralumla ACT 2600. 
Ph: (02) 6273 3555 
Email: emb.canberra@maec.es 

2. Consulate General of Spain in Sydney, for residents in New South Wales (NSW), except Queanbeyan, Queensland (QLD) and the Northern Territory (NT). 
Address: Level 24, St Martins Tower, 31 Market St. Sydney NSW 2000 
Email: cog.sydney.vis@maec.es 

3. Consulate General of Spain in Melbourne, for residents in Victoria (VIC), Tasmania (TAS), South Australia (SA) and Western Australia (WA).
Address: 146a Elgin St. Carlton VIC 3053 
Postal address: PO Box 1119, Carlton VIC 3053 
Email: cog.melbourne@maec.es 


LODGE YOUR APPLICATION 
Lodging your applications may vary depending on the specific Consulate. Please check special conditions below: 

Canberra 
- All applications must be lodged in person by appointment 
- Appointments must be made by email: emb.canberra@maec.es 
- Visa fee​ must be paid in cash. 

Sydney 
- Applications can be lodged in person (only with appointment) or by post (preferably) 
- Appointments must be made by email: cog.sydney.vis@maec.es 
- No applications will be accepted if there are missing documents. Please be advised that incomplete applications will be sent back. 
- To return your documents back to you, you must include an A4 size registered envelope or an A4 Express post platinum envelope with your name and address on it. Include an Australia post money order with the exact amount for the visa fee. No personal cheques or credit cards will be accepted. 
Visa fee must be paid in cash or money order made payable to Consulate General of Spain. 

Melbourne 
- Applications can be lodged in person or by post (preferably) to PO Box 1119, Carlton VIC 3053. 
- Appointments are not necessary and applications can be lodged during normal business hours (preferably between 10 am -2 pm). However, if required due to being interstate, send your request by emailing cog.melbourne@maec.es 
- No applications will be accepted if there are missing documents. Please be advised that incomplete applications will be sent back.
- To return your documents back to you, you must include an A4 size registered envelope or an A4 express post envelope with your name and address on it. Include an Australia post money order with the exact amount for the visa fee. No personal cheques or credit cards will be accepted. 
Visa fee must be paid in cash or money order made payable to Consulate General of Spain.
 

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