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Study visa



THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING STUDENT VISA APPLICATIONS FINISHED LAST NOVEMBER 15. STUDENT VISA APPLICATIONS SENT AFTER THIS DATE WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE REJECTED

DO NOT SEND YOU APPLICATION LESS THAN 5 WEEKS BEFORE THE INTENDED DATES OF TRAVEL.
THERE IS NO RUSH OR EXPEDITED SERVICE. DO NOT PURCHASE THE AIRPLANE TICKET UNTIL YOUR VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED.




Please, read carefully every requirement detailed in this page until the end. IF YOUR APPLICATION IS INCOMPLETE OR INCORRECT YOU WILL NEED TO START AGAIN, AS THE PROCESS WILL NOT BEGIN ONCE THE APPLICATION IS COMPLETE AND CORRECT.


The applicant must be a permanent student at an educational institution or a legal resident in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont or Maine, which are the five states of our jurisdiction.
 
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STUDENT VISAS are for stays longer than 90 days to carry out studies, training, internships or volunteering. Stays for studies shorter than 90 days do not require a study visa for holders of United States passports. Depending on your nationality, a short-stay visa may be required (see “Schengen visas").

The following family members can obtain a visa to accompany the student:

• The spouse or de facto partner.

• Minor or disabled children.

The student family visa does not allow to work.

Activities that allow obtaining a study visa

• Full-time studies at an authorized educational center leading to a degree or certificate of study. Full-time studies involve a minimum of 20 hours per week.

• PhD studies.

• Training activities.

• Mobility programs for students in secondary education and/or baccalaureate in an officially recognized teaching or scientific centre.

• Non-employment internships in public or private organizations or entities that cannot be included in internship visas (see “Internship visas").

• Volunteer services within the framework of programs that pursue objectives of general interest.

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ALL THE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY REGULAR MAIL OR COURIER
We will only receive envelopes by secure mail, please keep tracking number for your records. This Consulate is not responsible for the loss or tracking of the package and will not reply to emails requesting confirmation of receiving the package.​
AS SOON AS YOUR VISA IS READY, YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY EMAIL AND YOU WILL NEED TO COME IN PERSON TO THE CONSULATE TO PICK UP YOUR PASSPORT AND VISAPlease be patient and wait for your email. If your application has not been returned in the envelope provided by you (requirement #9, detailed below), it means it is under process BUT PLEASE TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT WE NEED AT LEAST 5 WEEKS WEEKS TO CHECK ALL THE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED.


Send your student visa application BY POSTAL MAIL or COURIER TO (tracking number required):

Consulate General of Spain in Boston
31 St James Avenue, suite 905 
Boston MA 02116


In-person or emailed applications will not be admittedGIVEN THE EXTREMELY HIGH WORKLOAD, PLEASE SEND ALL YOUR DOCUMENTS IN THE MOST ORDERLY WAY AS POSSIBLE.


Documents required to be sent to this Consulate     PLEASE READ CAREFULLY UNTIL THE END

1. One national visa application form​It opens in new window. Each applicant will complete all sections and sign one application form. If the applicant is a minor, one of her parents or a duly accredited representative will sign the application, either through a notarized letter from the applicant or through a letter from the university or educational center. 

2. One photograph. A recent passport-size, in color, with a light background, taken from the front, without dark glasses, reflections, or clothing that hides the oval of the face. Please send a photo with all these requirements. We will not accept copies of photos.

3. Payment of the visa fee, only MONEY order to "CONSULADO GENERAL DE ESPAÑA" is accepted. The fee is  USD 160 for American citizens. For other citizens​ please check the fee. DO NOT SEND PERSONAL CHECKS OR CASH, ONLY MONEY ORDERS ARE ACCEPTED. Do not forget to fill all the information: pay to: "CONSULADO GENERAL DE ESPAÑA” and your name. The visa fee is non refundable.​

4. Valid and current passport with at least 2 blank pages and valid for at least the entire duration of the intended stay and have two blank pages. Passports issued more than 10 years ago are not accepted. They must also be valid at least until 3 months after the end of the stay in Spain. In case you travel during the process (no shorter than 5 weeks), send us a NOTARIZED COPY of the passport instead, as the original passport will not be returned until the visa is approved. Please send us also a normal copy of the passport as we will need it to keep in your file.​

5. NOTARIZED COPY of proof of residence in this consular jurisdiction. The visa applicant must be legally residing or studying on-site in the consular demarcation of this Consulate General, which includes the states of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine and Vermont. The residence must be accredited through the student card of a university center, bill or valid ID. 

6. Certificate of admission issued in Spain by any authorized university or school, verifying enrollment as a full-time student, leading to obtaining a degree or certificate. The certificate must detail: name of the program, duration (start and end dates), address, phone number, name of the person in charge of the program (the certificate of admission must be presented in Spanish) and his/her signature (handwritten or electronically). It must be translated into Spanish if the original is in English.

7. Proof of the availability of financial means. Original and copy, to cover the expenses of stay and return to your country, and, where appropriate, those of your relatives. For the applicant’s support, a minimum amount of $700 per month unless it is duly accredited to have the accommodation paid in advance for the entire ​duration of the stay. For the support of family members during their stay in Spain: a minimum amount of $525 for the first family member and; $350 per month for each of the remaining family members who will integrate the family unit in Spain.

Please provide at least one of the following:

   a) Letter from the university or school in Spain or in the US assuming full financial responsibility during your stay (this is often included into the acceptance letter).

   b) Proof of financial aid or scholarship for at least $700 per month for room and board.

   c) Notarized letter from the parents or legal guardians assuming full financial responsibility for​ at least $700 per month for room and board. Suggested wording: “I hereby certify that I'm the (father/mother/other) of (...), will support him/her with a monthly allowance of at least $700 while he/she is in Spain and that I'm financially responsible for any emergency that may arise", along with their bank statements and applicant’s Birth certificate.

   d) Personal bank account statements showing at least $700 per month of stay.

This amount is in addition to the amount used or to be used to cover cost of studies.​


8. Health insurance from an insurer recognized and authorized to operate in Spain. ORIGINAL AND COPY. The insurance must cover all risks normally covered for nationals and must be valid during the whole stay in Spain. It must cover at least all the preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation assistance activities that are carried out in health centers or socio-health centers, as well as urgent health transport. The health insurance must not have a deficiency, copayment, or coverage limit, that is, it must cover 100% of the medical, hospital, and out-of-hospital expenses

It must be health insurance. Travel insurances and insurance cards are not accepted. ​

If the student's letter of admission does not indicate it, the student must bring a letter from their private health insurance indicating that they are insured internationally at no additional cost.

​The document from your health insurance company must show that covers you​:

      • At least $500,000 ​
      • Without deductibles, copays or wai​ting periods
      • 100% of medical/hospital/out-of-h​​ospital expenses (all risks insured by the Public Health System in Spain).
      • T​he entire length of studies in Spain.

9. One Express Mail envelope self-addressed with prepaid stamps from the US Postal Service. If your application is incomplete, it will be returned in his envelope. Please make sure you send it with your application.

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11. NOTARIZED COPY of Immigration status in the US IF THE APPLICANT IS A NON US CITIZEN: permanent resident card, valid US student visa along with Form I-20, Work Permit, passport stamp or parole.

12. Prove the identity and capacity of the representative IF THE APPLICANT IS A MINOR​: a copy of the identity document or passport of the parent and the document that proves the relationship will be presented. The originals will be shown at the time of submitting the application. If the visa is requested through a representative, a copy of the identity document or passport of the representative and the power of attorney or document proving the representation must be presented. The originals will be shown at the time of submitting the application. To prove kinship, the original and a notarized copy of the applicant's birth certificate must be presented, proving the parental bond, or of the sentence or decision of the competent authority that establishes the applicant's guardianship (these documents must have been issued a maximum of 90 days before the visa application). Foreign documents must be legalized with the Hague apostille. Copies of identity documents must be notarized. If the visa application has been made by post, the original of the identity documents must be presented at the time of collecting the passport with the visa.

13. Authorization of legal representatives IF THE APPLICANT IS A MINOR: the original and a copy of the notarial act of the parents or guardians authorizing the minor's travel to Spain and identifying the person who will take care of the minor in Spain must be provided. This authorization must expressly declare the details of the person (or persons) who will take charge of the minor once they are in Spain, specifying their name, surnames, DNI or NIE number and address. A notarized copy of that person (or persons) who will take care of the minor in Spain must be provided.

Foreign documents must be legalized with the Hague apostille and, where appropriate, must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish. Copies of documents must be notarized.

If the applicant is a minor, the person or persons designated to take charge of the applicant during their stay in Spain must provide a certificate of Sexual Offenses issued by the Central Registry of Sexual Offenders of the Ministry of Justice or express authorization for the Administration obtain said certification. That person (or persons) must also provide a declaration before a Spanish notary public, taking charge of the minor.

In the event that a minor travels alone or with an authorized person, a notarized power of attorney (original and notarized copy) signed by both parents/legal guardians and legalized with the Hague apostille must be provided, together with a copy of their passport. parents/guardians. If you are traveling with an authorized person, that authorization must indicate the following mass data: full name, passport or DNI or NIE number, address, date and route of travel.

In the event that the minor travels with only one of the parents, a power of attorney (original and notarized copy) signed by the parent who does not travel must be provided, authorizing the trip of the other parent with the minor.


WHEN THE STAY OF STUDIES EXCEEDS 180 DAYS applicants must also send:

- Criminal record certificateif the applicant is not a minor: original and copy of the criminal record certificate issued by the country or countries of residence in the last 5 years.

In the US the criminal record certificate must be issued by the US Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Certificates issued at the state level by the Department of Law Enforcement, nor those issued at the local level, are not accepted.

The certificate must have been issued in the 5 months prior to the visa application. It must be legalized with the Hague Apostille and translated into Spanish.

Any criminal record certificate that has been tampered with or damaged (including staple removal damage) will not be accepted under any pretext.

If you have lived outside the United States for the last five years, you must also submit a criminal record certificate (legalized with the Hague Apostille) and its translation into Spanish (and a notarized copy of both documents). If you have lived in countries that are not part of the 1961 Hague Convention, the certificate must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country and then by the Consulate of Spain in that country.

-  Medical certificate. Original and copy of a medical certificate accrediting that "the applicant does not suffer from any disease that could cause serious repercussions for public health pursuant to the 2005 International Health Regulations". 

The certificate must have been issued within 90 days prior to the visa application, and must include a doctor's signature and stamp/letterhead. If it is written in English, it must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish. ​


Please DOUBLE check, before sending your application, that you have ALL the required documents. Incomplete applications will be returned in the ENVELOPE included in the package (requirement #9). Please make sure you send this envelope, otherwise we will not be able to send back the application and the process will not start. The process will start once we have the application complete and correct.​

Please do not contact us in the first 5 following weeks after sending your application. We have a extremely high demand of applications and a huge number of emails, please try first to find the answer to your query in our website.
 






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