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Non-working residence visa

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. 

Required documents​​ 

1. National visa application formIt opens in new window. Each applicant must complete and sign a visa application, filling in each of its sections. 

2. Non-working residence visa application formIt opens in new window. ​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, colour photograph, taken against a light background, facing forward, without dark or reflective glasses, or any garments concealing the oval of the face. 

4.Valid, unexpired passport. The 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 contain two blank pages. Passports issued more than 10 years ago will not be accepted.  

APPLICANTS MUST LEAVE THEIR PASSPORTS IN THE CONSULATE DURING VISA PROCESSING TIME. Applicant’s passport is kept by the Consulate and​ it is posted back to the holder at the end of the procedure. Applicants must provide a pre-paid Special Delivery envelope (with full name and address), along with the visa application documents, and to fill in this formIt opens in new window​.

5. 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% of Spain's Public Multiple Effects Income Indicator (IPREM). To this amount must be added 100% of the IPREM for each family member in the applicant's care. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. 

The availability of sufficient financial means will be evidenced by the submission of original and stamped documents that verify the perception of a periodic and sufficient income or the holding of an estate that guarantees the perception of that income.

If the financial means come from shares or participations in Spanish companies, mixed or foreign companies, based in Spain, applicants shall prove, by certification thereof, that they don’t carry out any work activity in such companies and will submit an affidavit to that effect.

Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish.

6. Health insurance. Original and a copy of the certificate accrediting the public or private health insurance contracted with an insurance entity authorized to operate in Spain. The insurance policy must cover all the risks insured by Spain's public health system. 

A receipt of registration of S1 form on the web of Social Security is also accepted as medical insurance for non-lucrative visa. To register S1 form please access the following link (Internet Explorer does not support this web, please use alternative browsers): https://tramites.seg-social.es/acceso/registro-s-1-cobertura-asistencia-sanitaria-espa%C3%B1a.html

7.Criminal record check certificate. Applicants of legal age must submit both the original and a copy of the criminal record check certificate(s) issued by their country or countries of residence for the past 5 years. Foreign documents must be legalized or apostilled and, where applicable, must be submitted together with an official translation into Spanish. 

This certificate cannot be older than 3 months, unless the certificate itself specifies a longer expiration.

For UK Criminal Records submit ACRO Certificate.

These certificates must be legalised through the consular representations of the issuing country or, in the case of signatory countries to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961, hold the Hague Apostille, except official documents issued by a Member State of the European Union, which will not require to be legalised.

Sworn translation into Spanish is also required.

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.

This certificate must be issued by a registered medical practitioner no later than 3 months prior to the date of application, it must be formulated in the following terms or similarly:

•       If the medical certificate is issued in the United Kingdom: “This health certificate states that Mr./Mrs. (…) does not suffer from any of the diseases that may have serious public health repercussions in accordance with what is stipulated by the International Health Regulations of 2005”

Certificates issued in a language different from Spanish must be accompanied by a sworn translation into Spanish.

•       If the medical certificate is issued in Spain: “Este certificado médico acredita que el Sr./Sra. (…) no padece ninguna de las enfermedades que pueden tener repercusiones para la salud pública graves, de conformidad con lo dispuesto en el reglamento sanitario internacional de 2005”

This Consulate does not provide information about medical centres that issue this certificate. The applicant may contact any public or private medical centre duly accredited in the territory of the United Kingdom or Spain. Medical certificates issued in countries other than the United Kingdom or Spain will not be accepted.

These certificates must hold the Hague Apostille (except documents issued by Spain, which will not require to be legalised).

9. Proof of residence in the consular district. The applicant must provide proof of their legal residence in the consular district or that they are attending classes, in person, in the consular district. To verify your consular district, please visit the relevant web section of this Consulate.

10.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). 

Fees can also be paid online, through the link to form 790-052. In this case, the proof of payment obtained from the same webpage must be attached. 

Visa fee payment is compulsory and has to be made at the same time when submitting a visa application. The fee has to be paid in local currency and it is subject to regular changes due to the currency fluctuations. Please check the list of Consular fees.It opens in new window

 

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.

Procedure​ 

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 in person by the applicant, or by one of their parents if the applicant is a minor. 
  • Place of submission: Applications must be submitted in person at the Consular Office. An appointment is necessary. 

To book an appointment at this Consulate please send an email to the address cog.londres.viscp@maec.es . In the SUBJECT you must specify the type of residence visa you wish to apply for. The text of the message must state:

  • Given name and surname
  • Passport number
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Place of residence in the UK
  • Type of residence visa you wish to apply for

Please attach to your e-mail sworn translation into Spanish of ACRO Criminal Record Certificate.

Each appointment is only for one person and passport, therefore, family members accompanying the applicant who wish to apply for a visa need to book an additional appointment, even if they are minors.

Once your document had been verified by our staff, you will receive an e-mail with a username and password to complete the process.

Once you receive the confirmation e-mail with your password you could choose the date and time of your appointment, and modify or cancel if needed. The Consulate cannot book another appointment or modify the dates in case of cancellation.

Applicants who do not intend to attend their appointment are kindly requested to cancel it as soon as possible. Appointments must be cancelled at least 4 days in advance. The applicants who do not cancel the appointment within the established timeframe and do not attend the appointment will be placed in a waiting list to book a new appointment.

No appointments will be given to mediators. Applicants must book appointments personally. Passport details and email address on your must match the information provided in the appointment request.

  • Proof of receipt: The Consular Office will 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://sutramite​consular.maec.e​s/Home.aspxIt opens in new window. 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 visa must be collected in person by the applicant or by their legal representative (if the applicant is a minor) within a maximum period of 1 month, counted as of the day after the date on which the favourable decision is notified. 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.

    The appeal addressed to the Visa Department must be posted by Royal Mail or other courrier service provider to this Consulate.

    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.

SWORN TRANSLATIONS AND LEGALISATIONS

For all the sworn translations into Spanish you must use a Sworn Translator-Interpreter duly registered in SpainIt opens in new window. Please visit the relevant web section of this Consulate for the list of sworn translators-interpreters.

The legalisations and Hague Apostilles must legalise the signatures of the signatories of the certificates: registered medical practitioners, police officers, etc. and not the signature of notaries or solicitors who did not issue those certificates.

The Hague Apostille does not need to be translated into Spanish if one of the languages of issuance is Spanish.

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