Work & Holiday Visa
 
YOUTH MOBILITY PROGRAMME VISA FOR AUSTRALIANS 
 
All applications should be lodged in person at the Embassy if you reside in the ACT or Queanbeyan. It will not be possible to lodge an application by the post. All documents must be originals, copies will not be accepted. 

 
You can´t apply for your visa more than 90 days before your entry in Spain. 

 
The average processing time can take up to one month especially during the Christmas/New Year periods and during the Spanish summer months. 

 
Each visa applicant must include: 
1. Australian passport with a validity of at least 3 months subsequent to the foreseen date of departure from Spain. It must have at least 2 blank pages. 
2. One visa application form duly completed, signed and dated. Please include your email on it and also bring a photocopy of your application form. 
3. Two passport size photographs on a light coloured background, the photos must be glued (not stapled) to the visa application forms on the top left had corner. Photographs must be printed on quality photographic paper. 
4. A non-refundable visa fee. Payment is accepted by cash only
5. One way ticket to Spain. You must have a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase it. 
6. Proof of economic means through detailed bank statements with a balance of AUS $5,000 (i.e. current bank statement showing last 3 months of transactions). 
7. Comprehensive medical insurance policy covering medical and hospital charges including associated repatriation cost valid for one year, prior to entering Spain’s territory. 
8. A fingerprints police check issued by the Australian Federal Police. National Police Certificate issued by local Police Stations will not be accepted. 

 
NOTE: In case the applicant has resided for the last 5 years in foreign countries, certificates issued by the authorities of those countries will also be needed. 

 
9. A medical certificate issued by the applicant's family doctor worded as follows:
​“This medical certificate states that Mr./Mrs.….. does not suffer from any diseases that may have serious consequences on public health in accordance with the provisions contained in the 2005 International Health Regulations”. 

 
10. Original documents with proof of having completed successfully at least 2 years of higher education. 
11. Applications for a N.I.E. (Foreigners’ Identification Number) must be obtained before applying for your visa. 
12. Proof of Functional level of Spanish. 

 
You can find more information on the visa scheme below:

 
The following information is aimed at Australian citizens interested in applying for a 1-year Visa to travel, work and/or study in Spain under the conditions established in the new Youth Mobility Accord signed last September 3rd 2014. You can read below the explanation of a number of concepts and requirements that are key for the upcoming application procedure.
 

AUSTRALIA – SPAIN YOUTH MOBILITY PROGRAMME

 
General
 
On September 3rd 2014 Spain and Australia signed a Youth Mobility Programme Accord, which was published on the Spanish Gazette (“Boletín Oficial del Estado”) last September 19th  2014.
 
The Programme officially commenced on Monday November 23rd and applications can be submitted, at the Consular section of the Embassy of Spain in Canberra, and also at the Consulate Generals of Spain in Sydney and Melbourne.
 
The purpose of this Accord is to strengthen mutual knowledge and understanding through an increase of opportunities for young citizens from both countries to enjoy longer stays in the other country, which may include holidays, study and work experiences.
 
The Government of Spain will issue every year up to 600 visas to Australian citizens under Clause 6 of the Accord. This visa allows the applicant to work during his/her stay in Spain for a period no longer than twelve months from the date of entry into the country.
 
Requirements:
 
Nationality
•  To be a citizen of Australia and to hold an Australian passport valid for a period longer than that of their proposed stay in Spain.
 
Age
•  To be between the ages of eighteen and thirty inclusive on the date the application is submitted.
 
 Funds
•  To possess sufficient funds for personal support during the stay in Spain, at the discretion of the competent authorities (same as to Spaniards in Australia).
• To pay the stipulated visa application fee.
• To hold a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase it.
 
  Academics
•  To have successfully completed at least two years of higher education.
• To possess a functional level of Spanish (details below).
 
Administrative:
•  To declare that the purpose of their trip to Spain is that established in Clause 1.2 of the Accord (details below).
• To meet the health requirements, with the medical insurance policy needed before entering Spain, in accordance with the Spanish immigration laws and regulations.
• To meet the character requirements imposed by the Kingdom of Spain (equivalent to the ‘certificado de antecedentes penales’ in Spain).
• Not to be accompanied by dependants
• Not to have previously taken part in the Programme.
 
 
Purpose of the trip:
 
The Government of Spain will require all citizens of Australia who enter Spain through the Programme in accordance with this Accord to comply with the laws and regulations of the Kingdom of Spain.
 
In accordance to Clause 9.2 of the Accord, the Australian citizens taking part in the Programme will not be allowed to work for the same employer for a period longer than six months during their stay unless expressly authorised to do so by the Government of Spain.
 
In accordance to Clause 9.2 of the Accord, the Australian citizens taking part in the Programme will be permitted to engage in one or more courses of study or training for a total period of no longer than four months during their visit to Spain.
 
 
 
 
Proof of Functional level of Spanish:
 
Any of the 6 following:
 
- DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language) level A1 or superior. The Diplomas in Spanish DELE are official qualifications certifying the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish, granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain. The DELE can be done in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
 
 
- Spanish course level A1 (2 courses of 30 hours at Instituto Cervantes in Sydney A1.1 and A1.2: Face to face course at the premises of the Instituto Cervantes:
 
- Spanish Online Course AVE with Skype Teacher Support Level A1 or higher (two 12 week courses: A1.1 and A1.2.) More information:
 
- At least four semesters of Spanish during secondary education.
 
- At least two semesters of Spanish during higher education.
 
- Those applicants who are fluent in Spanish (descendants of Spanish speakers or people having spent long stays in Spanish speaking countries), but who do not hold any Spanish language certificate, will be given the opportunity to prove their fluency at the Embassy or Consulate General through a set of interviews and administrative demarches in Spanish at the moment of lodging their application.
 
 
Procedure according to Spanish legislation
 
You must be outside Spain when the application is lodged. Please, do not make arrangements to travel to Spain until your visa is approved.
 
Your application may be lodged at:
 
 
 
It will be necessary to bring along all documents required and to apply in person.
 
Should the visa be granted, you will receive administrative assistance to obtain in Spain the corresponding foreigner identification number (NIE).
 
You can download the National application form here.
 

You can download any other application forms here.​


 
 

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