National Visas – General Information

​Residence visas



PLEASE NOTE that in order to ensure compliance with the sanitary measures against COVID19, a prior appointment is required to enter the Embassy of Spain.

For applying to STUDENT and ENTREPRENEUR VISAS, you need to book an appointment through the following link:   



To apply for a FAMILY REUNIFICATION VISA, follow this link



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.



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.



Where to apply

Applications for a visa must be submitted at the Spanish consular office of your place of legal residence. Please check the consular division of the territories of India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives between the Consulate General of Spain in Mumbai and the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi and identify the consular jurisdiction of your place of residence. Click here for more information on our address and working hours.

If you are not a legal resident in its consular jurisdiction, the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi will not accept your application for a visa, whatever nationality you might have.



How to apply
Due to COVID19 restrictions, the Embassy of Spain has reopened visa application process only for student, entrepreneur and family reunification visas.  Applicants must schedule an appointment through the following link.

Please find updated information on the following link.


Who should apply

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



Visa fees

Fees for residence visas should be paid by demand draft in local currency, i.e., Indian rupees. The demand draft must be issued in favour of the Embassy of Spain for the exact amount of the visa fee. The Law 9/2011, of May 10, on consular fees, establishes the fees that apply to all visas in euros. Find the updated list of applicable fee for residence visas in rupees here.



In case of refusal

In case of refusal of a visa, the applicant will be informed with a notice. A request for a reconsideration of the refusal can be submitted at the Embassy or BLS office anytime within a month starting from the date the applicant received the refusal notice. The applicant will be informed on the appeal decision within a month. A contentious administrative appeal against the refusal can also be submitted to the High Court of Justice (Tribunal Superior de Justicia) of Madrid within a term of two months from the reception of the refusal notice.

Requests for reconsideration do not have a specific format but they must be done and sent by the applicant or an authorized representative, addressed to the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi with the elements below.

a) Full identification of the applicant: Name, last name, nationality and passport number
b) Visa identification number (NIV code)
c) Reasons to reconsider the decision
d) If presented by a representative, full identification of the authorized person and a letter sent by the applicant to authorize him/her.

Requests for reconsideration must be signed and must include the date and place where they were written. Requests for reconsideration must be written in Spanish. They can include additional information to support the request but translated into Spanish (any translation is accepted). Elements that were already presented with the original application will not be allowed. Appeals that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.



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 from India

All Indian public documents required for any Spanish residence visa application must bear the Hague apostille. The competent authority designated by India to issue the Hague apostille is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Public documents from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives

Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives are not signatories of the Hague Convention of 1961. For legal purposes in Spain, documents issued by the public authorities of any these four countries should first have been certified or legalized. The competent authority designated by Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives to legalize is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

After legalization by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, public documents from Nepal and Sri Lanka must be legalized by either the Honorary Consulate of Spain in Kathmandu or the Honorary Consulate of Spain in Colombo. The Law 9/2011, of May 10, on consular fees, establishes that the fee that applies to legalization of documents by either Honorary Consulate is the equivalent in local currency of €7.

After legalization by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, public documents from Bhutan and the Maldives must be legalized by the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi.


Public documents from other EU countries

Public documents issued by other EU member states do not require any apostille or legalization.


Public documents from other countries

In the case of public documents issued by any other country, it is the responsibility of the applicant to submit them either with the Hague apostille or duly legalized.



On the Spanish translation of some documents

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 either done by a sworn translator or by a private translator and checked and validated by this Embassy. The Law 9/2011, of May 10, on consular fees, establishes that the fee that applies to validation of translations is the equivalent in local currency of €30 per page.

More information on official translations is available here.



Police clearance certificates, criminal record clearance certificates and medical certificates

A visa applicant over 18 years of age must submit a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). The PCC should be issued by the competent Police authority of the country of their residence. Indian applicants are advised to request this certificate from the Regional Passport Office.

Applicants over 18 who have resided in a country other than their country of origin during the last 5 years must submit Criminal Record Clearance certificates, issued by the competent authorities of those countries.

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 three abovementioned categories of documents must be apostilled or legalized and are valid for only 3 months starting from the date of issuance.



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. Please submit the documents in the order that they are listed on the information sheet for your specific category of visa. Please note that the Embassy may request from additional information.



Data privacy

Please note that by just sending an email to, you may know what personal data you have shared with the Embassy of Spain in India, 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. For more information in Spanish data protection policy, go to



Application form for residence visa

Application for national visa



Other forms

Request for temporary non-profit residence authorization (Solicitud de autorización de residencia temporal no lucrativa, form EX-01)


Application for temporary residence and self-employment authorization (Solicitud de autorización de residencia temporal y trabajo por cuenta propia, form EX-07)


Application for authorization of stay or temporary residence with an exemption of work permission (Solicitud de autorización de estancia o residencia temporal con excepción de la autorización de trabajo, form EX-09)


For management and collection of the fees foreigners in Spain (Para gestión y recaudación de las tasas vigentes en materia de extranjería modelo, impreso 790 - Código 052)



Required documents alongside the application for the different categories of Spanish residence visas


Highly qualified professionals



Research, development and innovation

Family regrouping

Study - more than 90 days

Non-lucrative residence visa



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