Student visas

NOTE: The consular jurisdiction of the Spanish Embassy in Ottawa covers only the National Capital Region (Ottawa and Gatineau).
If you live in a city other than Ottawa and Gatineau, you should apply for your visa at the Spanish Consulate General in Toronto or Montreal according to their consular jurisdictions.​

NOTICE: ON-LINE APPOINTMENTS booked for visa applications through the Spanish embassy's website in Ottawa are FREE OF CHARGE.

If the studies are over three months and you are a resident in the National Capital Region (Ottawa and Gatineau), you can get an appointment ON-LINE to apply for a visa and submit PHOTOCOPIES OF THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS, as well as ORIGINALS for verification:

  • A valid passport or travel document recognized by Spain with a minimum validity equal to the intended stay in Spain.
  • If the applicant is not a Canadian citizen, he/she must provide documentation proving his/her residence status in Canada (permanent residence permit, working permit, study permit, etc.)
  • Confirmation of school registration.- Letter issued by the academic institution in Spain or, if it is a students’ exchange, a letter issued by both academic institutions.
  • Overseas medical insurance coverage.
  • Proof of accommodation: Hotel reservation or confirmation letter from the Academic Institution indicating the conditions of your accommodation. Private housing must be accompanied by an invitation.
  • Proof of financial reliability.- Bank statements, scholarships, etc. An minimum amount of  € 538.00 (or CAN $ 820.00) per month of stay is required.
    If your parents are to cover the costs, you must present a notarized letter signed by them indicating their consent and a copy of their bank statement for the last two months.
  • If the duration of the stay is over six months, a medical certificate issued by your 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.”

  • If the duration of the stay is over six months, a Police Check issued by the authorities of all the countries where an applicant has resided for the last 5 years, including Canada.
    NOTE: The Police Check should be issued by the RCMP and contain the fingerprints of the visa applicant. You can find information on how to obtain one here.
  • We will NOT accept Police Checks issued by local Police Stations.
  • Flight reservation or travel itinerary.
  • A completed and signed visa application form with one (1) recent full-face color photograph taken in person by a commercial photographer or studio no more than six months before the date you submit your application. It should also meet the requirements pictured on this link.
  • Visa fee: CAN $ 87.60 (year 2020), except when a reciprocity fee applies to other countries, such as Canada and USA. Visa processing fee for Canadians is $ CAN 125.00. Please refer to the consular fee chart for other nationalities. Only cash, money order or certified cheque payable to the "Embassy of Spain" will be accepted.
  • A print out of your on-line visa appointment

Please note that during the examination of a visa application, some additional documents may be requested in order to determine that all requirements to obtain the visa are met.
Also, a Spanish translation of all documents submitted may be required in accordance to the provisions of article 15 of "Act 39/2015 on Uniform Administrative Procedures of the Spanish Public Administration".
In some cases, a personal interview with an applicant may also be required.
This information is not binding and does not alter or replace the relevant regulations, which shall always prevail.

NOTE: Applicants residing in the National Capital Region must come IN PERSON to the Embassy to apply.
For more information please contact the Visa Department at the Embassy of Spain (Tel: 613 747-2252, ext. 1)
It is advisable not to finalize any plans nor make any payment concerning travel dates until you have been advised that your student visa has been approved.


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