Visa to reside in Spain without carrying out any gainful (work or professional) activity, provided that the applicant has sufficient and guaranteed means to live on. This visa does not constitute a work permit.
The following family members may also obtain the visa:
- The spouse or unmarried partner.
- Dependent children and dependent relatives in the ascending line who form part of the family unit.
1. National visa application form. Each applicant must complete and sign a visa application, filling in each of its sections.
2. Non-working residence visa application form. Each applicant must complete and sign a copy of the EX-01 form, filling in each of its sections.
3. Photograph. A recent, passport-size, it must have a white background, the face should be clear and visible, the size of the photo should be 2x2 inches(5x5 cm).
4.Passport or Official Travel Document. Original and a photocopy of the page or pages of the passport that contain biometric data must be submitted. The passport must have a minimum validity period of 1 year and cannot be older than 10 years. Please, make sure that your passport has two consecutive blank pages to affix the visa. Your passport will remain at the Consulate during the visa application.
5. ID and a photocopy. Proof of residency in one of the States under our jurisdicction (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas): US Drivers licence or US State ID.
6. US Resident Alien card or a valid US long‐term visa and a photocopy: Your visa must be valid for at least three months beyond the intended departure date from the Schengen territory. Applicants holding F-1 student visas must also submit the original and a copy of their I‐20.
7. Formal petition to apply for the Visa: with a brief explanation of your professional background. Also why did you decide to go to live in Spain and what are you planning to do while you reside there. Finally, how long are you planning to stay and any other reasons you would like to explain to support your application.
8. Proof of financial means. The applicant must submit the originals and a copy of the documents proving that they have sufficient financial means to cover the expenses of residing in Spain for the initial year of the residence permit, or accrediting that they have a regular source of income, for themselves and, where applicable, for the family members accompanying them. The minimum required amount is equivalent to 400% (27.792,96€ EUROS)of Spain's Public Multiple Effects Income Indicator (IPREM) year. To this amount must be added 100% (6.948,24€ EUROS) of the IPREM per year for each family member in the applicant's care. Official bank statements of the last twelve months.
- In the case of retirees, proof of enough periodic income, such as proof of receiving a monthly pension. The minimum required amount is equivalent to 400% (27.792,96€ EUROS)of Spain's Public Multiple Effects Income Indicator (IPREM) year. To this amount must be added 100% (6.948,24€ EUROS) of the IPREM per year for each family member in the applicant's care. In addition, you can also provide bank statements the last twelve months of your checking or savings account.
9. Proof of accommodation in the Spanish province where you wish to establish your residence. Present one of the following:
- If you have a property in Spain you need to provide the title deed of property.
- Declaration signed before a notary in Spain (Voluntary Affidavit) by a relative or friend where he undertakes to house the visa applicant.
- Leasing contract for at least 3 months, signed by both parts, along with a copy of the landlord´s ID and copy of title deed of property.
10.Proof of medical insurance (travel insurance will not be accepted):from an insurance company recognized and authorized to operate in Spain (Verification register of authorized companies in MINECO: http://rrpp.dgsfp.mineco.es/ ). The insurance must include all the risks covered for Spanish nationals by the National Health System regulated in the Law 16/2003, of May 28, and for the whole intended period of stay in Spain. Medical insurance must not have any deferral period, copayment or coverage limit, that is, it must include 100% of medical, hospital and extra-hospital expenses. Spanish Companies such as Sanitas, Adeslas, Axa, etc offer unlimited coverage and 100% of the expenses. Exceptionally foreign companies offering limited coverage could be accepted, as long as they meet the other medical requirements and up to a maximum of 500,000.00 USD.
7.Criminal record check certificate. Applicants of legal age who apply for a visa for a stay of more than 180 days must submit the original and a copy of the FBI background check legalized with the Apostille of the Hague from Washington, D.C., U.S. Department of State. In addition, criminal record check certificate(s) issued by the country or countries of residence for the past 5 years. Background checks and Apostilles must be traslated into Spanish by a certified translator.
8.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. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. MEDICAL CERTIFICATE.pdf
9. Affidavit: If you are of working age, you must provide a letter of termination from your employer stating that you will no longer work for that company or, Sabbatical year acceptance letter from your employer or, in any case, you must provide a sworn statement before a Notary indicating that you agree not to work while living in Spain.
10. Envelope: Prepaid, self-addressed envelope with a tracking number to return your passport.
11. Payment of fees. To pay the fee for the residence permit at the Consular Office, the applicant must complete all the fields of, and sign, two copies of form 790 code 052, ticking box 2.1 (initial temporary residence permit).
12. Visa fee: Money orders of $152 dollars addressed to the ¨Consulate General of Spain in Houston¨. ($12 dollars for residence permit and $140 dollars for visa fees).
For nationals of Australia, Bangladesh, Canada and the United Kingdom different rates are applied for reasons of reciprocity. In these cases, the amount of the fee must be consulted with the Consular Office.
Required documents for family members. For each family member it will be necessary to submit:
- All the required documents specified in sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. For minors, the visa application and the residence permit application must be signed by one of their parents.
- Documents constituting proof of family relationship with the applicant accrediting financial means: birth or marriage certificates issued by the civil registry, certificate of registration as an unmarried couple or any other document substantiating an unmarried partnership with the applicant. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish.
- In the case of adult children, documents proving financial dependence, the adult child's civil status and that they continue to form part of the family unit. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish.
- In the case of relatives in the ascending line, documents proving financial dependence and that they form part of the family unit. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish.
When necessary to assess the application, the Consular Office may request additional documents or data and may also ask the applicant to come in for a personal interview.
This Consular Office is competent to accept visa applications from individuals residing in the consular district.
All non-working residence visas require the obtainment of an initial residence permit, which is processed at the same time as the visa application.
- Who can apply for a visa: Visa applications must be submitted via postal mail.
- Place of submission: Applications and requierments must be submitted via postal mail to General Consulate of Spain in Houston- Visa Department (1800 bering Dr. Suite 750 Houston, Texas, 77057) .
- Proof of receipt: The Consular Office could provide the applicant with proof of receipt of the application with a code that enables them to check the status of the dossier through the following link: https://sutramiteconsular.maec.es/Home.aspx. The Consular Office will also provide a copy of the application form (form EX-01) and, where applicable, of the receipt of payment of the fee (form 790-52).
- Rectifying the application: The Consular Office may ask the applicant to submit any missing documents, or to provide additional documents or data that are necessary for a decision regarding the application. The applicant may also be called in for a personal interview.
- Decision period: The legal period for reaching a decision is of 3 months from the day after the application submission date, but this period may be extended if an interview or additional documents are requested.
- Collecting the visa: The Consular Office will inform the applicant regarding the procedure for the return of the passport and any other original documentation.
- Refusal of the residence permit or visa: Refusals of the residence permit or visa will always be notified in writing, setting forth the grounds on which the decision adopted was based.
- Appeals: If a residence permit or visa is refused, the applicant may submit an appeal for reconsideration to this Consular Office within 1 month of the day following the date on which notification of the refusal is received. An application for judicial review may also be filed with the High Court of Justice of Madrid within the 2-month period beginning the day after the date on which the applicant receives notification of the refusal of the visa or residence permit or of the dismissal of the reconsideration appeal.
- Validity period of the visa: The visa will be valid for 90 days. Once in Spain, a Foreigner Identity Card must be applied for within a period of 1 month from the applicant's entry into Spain, at the Foreign Nationals' Office or the corresponding Police Station.