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Study visa

Please, read carefully every requirement detailed in this page.  

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.
 

Visa for a stay of more than 90 days to carry out studies, training, internships or volunteering. It is also issued for "au pair" stays and for language assistants ("auxiliares de conversación").

The stay for studies of less than 90 days does not require a study visa for holders of United States passports. Depending on 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 authorize 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.

• Au pair programs.

• Conversation assistants.

 

ALL THE APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY REGULAR MAIL OR COURIER. ONCE YOUR APPLICATION IS REVIEWED AND APPROVED, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL AND AN APPOINTMENT WILL BE ASSIGNED TO THE APPLICANT TO COME IN PERSON WITH HIS/HER PASSPORT AND THE VISA WILL BE STAMPED ON IT

Please, send your student visa application and required documents 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 admitted.


Documents required to be sent to this Consulate     PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

1. One national visa application form. 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.

3. Payment of the visa fee, only through MONEY order to "CONSULADO GENERAL DE ESPAÑA" is accepted. The fee is  USD 160 for American citizens and USD 90 for other citizens. Australians, Canadians and Britons please check the fee. 

4. NOTARIZED COPY of 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. The original passport will be required at the appointment once the visa has been approved.

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 or valid ID. 

In the case of non-US applicants, they must also present a NOTARIZED COPY of their residence card in the United States (in our jurisdiction) or a long-term visa. B-1/B-2 visa holders cannot apply for a study visa in the United States; they must apply in their country of residence or country of origin.

6. Proof of admission for the activity of studies, training, volunteering or internship. The original and a copy of the document must be presented (only an electronic copy will be accepted, without the need for the original, provided that this copy includes an electronic signature) that proves:

• Admission to an authorized educational center for the completion of a full-time study programme.

• Admission to a research or training center.

• Admission to a student mobility program (in this case, proof of admission to a study center, foster care by a family or institution, and the commitment of the organizer of the program to bear the expenses will also be provided).

• Admission to carry out unpaid internships based on the signing of an agreement.

• The agreement with the organization in charge of a volunteer program.

The admission test must be signed (handwritten or electronically) by a representative of the center or program, and must be translated into Spanish.

7. Proof of the availability of financial means. Original and a copy of the documents that prove that the applicant (or his legal representative or family member who supports him) has sufficient financial means to cover the expenses of the stay and return of the student and accompanying family members. The minimum amount required is equivalent to 100% of the IPREM. To this amount must be added 75% of the IPREM for the first family member and 50% of the IPREM for each additional family member. If it is proven that the accommodation is already paid in advance for the entire stay, this amount will be reduced. If the student travels to Spain without relatives, the minimum amount required for 2022 is 700 dollars per month.

At least one of the following documents must be presented:

• If it is the applicant himself who assumes full financial responsibility for his accommodation and living expenses, he must present his bank statements for the last 3 months, which must include his full name and the final balance (which must cover the minimum funds required ). Bank statements do not need to be translated into Spanish.

• Statement from the Spanish or American university or academic institution, assuming full financial responsibility for accommodation and living expenses (this information may be contained in the letter of admission outlined in the epigraph

An original (and a copy) of this declaration must be submitted (in principle, only an electronic copy will be accepted, without the need for the original, as long as that copy includes an electronic signature). The official stamp and signature of the issuing entity must appear on this declaration. Photocopies or prints obtained from the Internet will not be accepted. A Spanish translation of this statement must also be submitted.

• Proof of award of financial aid, loan, scholarship or other type of economic aid, which covers the minimum funds required for room and board. If this document is written in English, a Spanish translation must also be submitted.

• Notarized letter from at least one of the parents or legal guardians, assuming full financial responsibility for room and board expenses. If the letter is written in English, it must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish.

Suggested text of said letter: “I [name of parent or guardian] hereby take responsibility for air tickets between the United States and Spain and for all monthly accommodation and living expenses of my son/daughter ……… ………………… [full name of the child] during their stay in Spain, as well as any emergency that may arise during it".

In addition, this letter must be accompanied by all of the following documents: 1) notarized copy of the identity document of the parent or guardian; 2) original and notarized copy of the student's birth certificate that proves the parental bond, or of the sentence or decision of the competent authority that establishes the applicant's guardianship; 3) bank statements for the last 3 months of the parent or guardian who assumes full financial responsibility, which must include the full name of the parent or guardian and the final balance (which must cover the minimum funds required for maintenance and accommodation, in addition to the cost of the studies themselves). Bank statements do not need to be translated into Spanish.

8. Health insurance. Original and a copy of the public or private health insurance certificate contracted with an insurance company authorized to operate in Spain. The insurance must cover all the risks insured by the public health system in Spain.

Travel insurance will not be valid. Insurance cards are also not accepted as proof of insurance.

You must take out medical insurance that covers the applicant in Spain for the entire duration of the studies. If insurance contracted with a US company is presented, the certificate must expressly state that it covers the rest of the world (or, at least, in Spain).

The insurance must not have copays, deductibles, or waiting periods for certain benefits (that is, it must cover 100% of medical, hospital and out-of-hospital expenses). If the student's letter of admission does not indicate it, then the student must bring a letter from their private health insurance indicating that they are insured internationally at no additional cost.

The certificate of insurance must cover at least $500,000 blanket coverage (without deductibles or copays).

If the applicant participates in a volunteer program, in addition to health insurance, she will provide a copy of the civil liability insurance policy signed by the organization.

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

10. Prove the identity and capacity of the representativeIF 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.

11. Authorization of legal representativesIF 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:

12. 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. A notarized copy of both the original certificate in English and the Spanish translation must be submitted.

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 resided 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.

13. Medical certificate. Original and a 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

CONVERSATION ASSISTANTS (AUXILIARES DE CONVERSACIÓN) need to send all the previous documents except proof of financial means and proof of health insurance. They must include in their envelope a notarized copy of the acceptance letter from the Spanish Ministry of Education, specifying the center of studies (including a person of contact, address, phone number and email), duration of the program and health insurance.



Please DOUBLE check, before sending your application, that you have ALL the required documents as incomplete applications will be returned. 
 






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