Residence visas
9/21/2021

For health reasons, you cannot walk into either this Embassy or the offices of BLS, our outsource partner, and apply for a visa without an appointment. Appointments are booked online.

This Embassy accepts visa applications only from legal residents of the Republic of Ireland.

A visa application should always be submitted in person. False statements or submission of false documents will result in the rejection of the visa application and may lead to criminal proceedings.

Citizens of an EU Member State just need a valid passport to travel to Spain.

If you need additional information on visas, please write us an email (emb.dublin.vis@maec.es)

1. WHAT’S A RESIDENCE VISA

Residence, national or long-stay visas entitle their holders to reside, to reside and work, to study, or to research in Spain for more than 90 days. Unless they are citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, all foreigners wishing to enter Spain and reside, reside and work, or study in the country, should hold a Spanish residence visa.

2. LEGAL BASE

The various categories of Spanish residence visas are laid down in the national legislation on the rights of foreigners traveling or residing in Spain: Organic Law 4/2000, of January 11, on the rights of foreigners in Spain and their social integration and Royal Decree 557/2011, of April 20, which approves the Regulation of the Organic Law 4/2000, on the rights of foreigners in Spain and their social integration. Additionally, the Law 14/2013, of September 27, on support for entrepreneurs and their internationalization, introduces a wide range of measures and schemes to further the internationalization of the Spanish economy.

3. WHERE TO APPLY

Applications for a residence visa must be submitted at the Spanish consular office of your place of legal residence. Legal residents in Ireland should submit their applications at the Embassy of Spain in Dublin. Please write an email to emb.dublin.vis@maec.es and ask for an appointment.

If you are not a legal resident in the Republic of Ireland, the Embassy of Spain in Dublin will not accept your application for a visa, whatever your nationality.

4. PROCESSING TIME

Applications for residence visa are processed by the Embassy in up to 30 days. However, applications for a non-lucrative residence visa may take longer to be processed, up to 3 months.

5. WHO SHOULD APPLY

Visa applications must be filed in person. In case of minors, sick, elderly and disabled people residing out of Dublin, submission of applications through an authorized representative can be allowed on a case by case basis.

6. VISA FEES

Fees for residence visas shall be paid by credit card or in cash. The Law 9/2011, of May 10, on consular fees, establishes the fees that apply to all visas in euros. The consular fee for a national visa application is now 60 euros. Learn more on visa fees.

7. IN CASE OF REFUSAL

An application for visa may be refused. Refusals are notified by a rejection letter. Within one month as of the reception of that letter the applicant is entitled to submit, personally or by an authorized representative, a written and signed appeal in Spanish for reconsideration.

There is no standard format for an appeal for reconsideration. Decisions on appeals for reconsideration are made within a month.

8. ON THE LEGALIZATION OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS (APOSTILLE OF THE HAGUE)

Certificates of birth, marriage, death, medical condition or police clearance certificates, together with divorce or adoption deeds, and in general all documents issued by non-EU public authorities required for any residence visa application, must bear either the Hague apostille or be legalized. Public documents issued by other EU member states do not require any apostille or legalization. Learn more on the legalization of public documents.

9. ON OFFICIAL TRANSLATIONS

Each public document or medical certificate submitted alongside an application for residence visa must be accompanied by its official translation into Spanish. For a translation to be official, it should have been done by a sworn translator. Learn more on official translations into Spanish.

10. CRIMINAL RECORD CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES AND MEDICAL CERTIFICATES

A visa applicant over 18 years of age must submit a police clearance certificate. Residents in Ireland are advised to request a Garda Clearance.

Should the applicant have resided in a country other than Ireland during the last 5 years, they should submit a criminal record clearance certificates issued by the competent authorities of that country.

Medical certificates should be in accordance with the International Sanitary Act 2005, an international agreement between nearly 200 countries that work together for global health security. The Embassy of Spain avails itself the right to request a new certificate if there are doubts regarding the authenticity of the tests produced by the applicant.

The abovementioned categories of documents must be apostilled or legalized, officially translated into Spanish and are valid for only 3 months starting from the date of issuance.

11. ON HOW TO PRESENT DOCUMENTS

Back to back pages are preferred. Do not staple any documents and refrain from providing documents other than those mentioned here-below. Documents are to be submitted in the order that they are listed on the information sheet for your specific category of visa. The Embassy may request from you additional information.

12. DATA PRIVACY

Please note that by just sending an email to emb.dublin@maec.es, you may know what personal data you have shared with the Embassy of Spain in Ireland, be informed on how the Embassy uses that data, have your data amended when inaccurate, and request its deletion once data used for its original purpose. Learn more on our data protection policy.

13. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ALONGSIDE THE APPLICATION

These are the Spanish residence visas most frequently applied for at this Embassy. Please note that the Embassy may require from the applicant documents or clarifications other than those indicated on the each information sheet.

Non-lucrative residence

Employment

Self-employment

Language and cultural assistant

Study au-pair

Study, more than 90 days

Family reunification

This is not an complete list of all the categories of Spanish residence visa. Should you plan to apply for a residence visa for some other reason, please contact us by email (emb.dublin.vis@maec.es).

14. APPLICATION FORM FOR RESIDENCE VISA AND OTHER FORMS

Here below there are some forms that can be filled out on a computer.

Spanish national visa form

Request for non-profit residence authorization, form EX-01F

Application for temporary residence and self-employment authorization, form EX-07

Application for authorization of stay or temporay residence with an exemption of work permission, form EX-09

For management and collection of fees foreigners in Spain, form 790-Code 052

15. FEEDBACK

Your views are important to us. Should you have any complaint, remark or suggestion about our visa procedures, please send an email to emb.dublin@maec.es.

In case you have a digital certificate accepted by the Spanish authorities, you can submit your complaint or suggestion electronically straight to Spain’s Foreign Ministry at https://sede.maec.gob.es/clave/info/idp/58/ida/925 (this website is only available in Spanish).

 

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