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Youth mobility visa

​This information applies to Canadian citizens only. Spanish citizens who would like to participate in the Program must check the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada websiteIt opens in new window for this program.

1) Beneficiaries of this Agreement shall be Canadian citizens who fall under any of the following categories: 

a. ​Young citizens in possession of a post-secondary diploma wishing to obtain additional training in Spain through a prearranged contract of employment;

b. Registered students of a Canadian post-secondary institution wishing to complete part of their academic training through a prearranged internship in a Spanish institution, including under interinstitutional agreements; 

c. Young citizens wishing to obtain additional training in the other country under a prearranged contract of employment in order to contribute to their professional development; 

d. Registered students of a Canadian post-secondary institution in their home country who plan to travel to Spain during academic vacations and who wish to work on a casual basis in order to increase their financial resources; 

e. Young citizens who plan to travel to Spain and who wish to work on a casual basis in order to increase their financial resources or to do volunteer work (Working Holiday). 

2) The beneficiaries of the agreement will need to: 
    • ​​Be a Canadian citizen, be holder of a valid Canadian passport and live in Canada.
    • Be the holder of a valid Youth Mobility visa.
    • Be between 18 and 35 years old by the date when submitting the visa application.
    • Have a return ticket or enough resources to buy one, and dispose of the necessary economic means to satisfy any need during the three first months of the stay in Spain. This amounts to 2,602.67 CAD in 2023. In the cases of having a prearranged job offer, the proof of economic means will be satisfied with the submission of the contract of employment, as lon​g as the income during the three first months amounts to the above quantity.
    • Be committed to subscribe a medical insurance, including hospitalization and repatriation due to medical issues or death, for the authorized period of stay, before entering Spain.
NOTE: IT WILL NOT BE MANDATORY TO HAVE A PREARRANGED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT to apply for this type of visa when the applicant is under the categories "b", "d" or "e", specified in the point 1.

3) The participation in this program consists of two different phases, taking place in Canada and Spain respectively:
4) The visa application must be submitted in the Spanish consular office corresponding to the different consular jurisdictions: 
    • The consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Spain in TorontoIt opens in new window consists of the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario (except the city of Ottawa and the National Capital Region), Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.
    • The consular jurisdiction of the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa covers the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau and the National Capital Region.
    • The consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Spain in Montreal consists of the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec (except Gatineau and the National Capital Region).
5) In order to apply for the visa at the Consulate General of Spain in Toronto, the Canadian citizen must:
    • Be resident of the consular jurisdictionIt opens in new window of the Consulate General of Spain in Toronto.
    • Have a Foreigner Identification Number (NIE). It is mandatory to have it before to apply for this visa. Please find more information about how to obtain the “NIE” number in this linkIt opens in new window.


    1. ​Visa Application FormIt opens in new window filled out and signed 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 of the ICAO standardsIt opens in new window. Please include the Spanish province where you are going to live.
    2. A valid passport with a minimum validity of one year prior to entry into Spain.
    3. Documentation such as a medical insurance card, a driver’s license, etc., which shows your residency in Canada
    4. A return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase it
    5. NIE (Foreigner Identification Number).​​​​​​​
    6. Proof of economic means (for the first three months in Spain which is set to 2,602.67 CAD for the year 2023) through bank statements issued within the previous three months, a scholarship, a grant, etc. Bank statements from other countries must be legalized. If an applicant does have a formal offer of employment in Spain before applying for the visa, proof of the necessary economic resources is meet by providing a job contract as long as the income for the first three months reaches the amount aforementioned. In cases where parents are financially responsible, they shall submit a letter legalized by a notary public, signed by them in which they state their consent, a copy of the parents’ bank statements for the previous two months and a photocopy of their passports.
    7. Medical travel insurance Confirmation of Coverage, The insurance must cover the costs of repatriation for medical reasons or death, as well as for urgent healthcare and/or emergency hospital treatment for the entire stay. Coverage must be of at least €30,000 or its equivalent in local currency, ONLY when an applicant chooses categories “b”, “d” o “e” mentioned in Point 1.
    8.  Payment of the visa fee. CHECK THE VI​SA FEE HEREIt opens in new windowWe ONLY accept cash, money order or bank draft (no personal checks) payable to the Consulate General of Spain in Toronto. 
    9. motivation letter explaining the reasons why you want to obtain the visa.
    10. Proof of accommodation: You need to prove that you have arranged a place to stay in Spain for at least 1 week. Private housing must be accompanied by a letter of invitation issued at a police station in Spain. Your host will know how to obtain it.
    11. 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. (Accepted documents, * dirver´s licence, * school, college, or university report card or transcript​, * residential lease (rental agreement lease), mortgage statement, or Agreement of Purchase and Sale, * vehicle ownership or insurance document, * recent utility bill (telephone, cable, hydro/power, gas, or water)


12. Criminal Record Certificate no more than five months before the application date (Legalized with the Hague Apostille Certification issued by Global Affairs Canada only and translated into Spanish). Documents issued by the Government of Canada. This includes federal agencies and bodies such as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will be apostilled by Global Affairs Canada only. Criminal Record Certificates issued by the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa do not need to be notarized as long as they are signed by the Director General of the Canadian Criminal Real Time/Identification Services, and they contain the official RCMP dry seal. 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 criminal record check certificate(s) issued by their country or countries of residence for the past 5 years. It must be a negative criminal record issued by the RCMP containing fingerprints and photo of visa applicant. If in the last five years, you have resided in another country, a criminal record from the authorities of that country. 

13. Medical certificate.  (Legalized with the Hague Apostille Certification issued by Global Affairs or the Local Authorities and translated into Spanish).​Applicants requiring a visa for a stay of more than 180 days must submit the original and a copy of a medical certificate accrediting that they do not suffer from any disease that could cause serious repercussions for public health pursuant to the 2005 International Health Regulations. The medical certificate must say: "This medical certificate confirms that Mr./ Ms. […...] does not suffer from any of the diseases that can have serious implications for public health in accordance with the provisions of the 2005 International Health Regulations”.​

​Furthermore, as the case may be: 

A) Registered Canadian students of a post-secondary institution in Canada who wish to complete their academic training in a Spanish institution (category “b” beneficiaries): 

    • Proof of registration in a post-secondary institution in Canada and proof of acceptance by a Spanish institution to complete their academic training, within the framework of an inter-institutional agreement. 
B) Young Canadians wishing to obtain additional training in Spain (categories “a” and “c” beneficiaries): 

    • A prearranged contract of employment, valid up to the authorized stay. 
    • Company’s NIF (Tax Identification Number), and a document stating that the hiring company is registered with the Spanish Social Security System
    • Relevant qualifications and credentials proving that the applicant has the capacity required for the exercise of the duly recognized profession.
    • The economic resources shall be proved by submitting the contract of employment, as long as the income for the first three months reaches 2,504.75 CAD for the year 2022. 
C) Young Canadians wishing to work on a casual basis (categories “d” and “e” beneficiaries): 

    • An offer of casual employment, if available when applying for the visa. 
    • Company’s NIF (Tax Identification Number), and a document stating that the hiring company is registered with the Spanish Social Security System if an offer of casual employment is available when applying for the visa. 
    • Relevant qualifications or credentials proving that they have the capacity required for the exercise of the duly recognized profession, as the case may be, if an offer of casual employment is available when applying for the visa. 
    • Revenues earned through occasional work shall be taken into consideration as proof of financial means, whenever it can be documented when applying for the visa
D) Young Canadians who wish to do volunteer work (category “e” beneficiaries): 

    • L​etter of acceptance from the institution where volunteer services shall be performed. 
Program participants who wish to stay in Spain for a period of time longer than 6 months, but less than one year, MUST apply for a “Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero”​It opens in new window (Foreigner ID Card) at their closest “Oficinas de tramitación para ciudadanos extranjeros”. 

Qualified citizens may benefit twice from the application of this Agreement under two different categories among those set out in Point 1. The period of each stay may not exceed one year. In all cases, there shall be a minimum three-month period between the two stays.

Canadian citizens staying in Spain within the framework of this Agreement shall comply with the Spanish laws and regulations, in particular those involving employment. 

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. In addition, 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. 


This Consular Office is competent to accept visa applications from individuals residing in the consular district or who are regularly in the consular district for study purposes even if they are not a resident. 

    • Who can apply for a visa: Canadian citizens between 18 and 35 years old. Visa applications must be submitted in person by the applicant or by an authorized representative just in cases of long distances or proven difficulties in traveling
Appointments are personal and may be booked by sending an email to (, indicating the following:

1. Email subjet: First name;Last name;YMV VISA APPOINTMENT​​


2. Email body:

    • POSTAL ADDRESS:​ (City, Postal code).
    • The first page of your Canadian passport showing the photo.
    • ​​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 4 to 8 weeks 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 personally by the applicant without the need for a prior appointment, within a maximum period of 1 month, counting from the day following the date on which the favorable resolution 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 visa: Refusals of the visa will be notified in writing, setting forth the grounds on which the decision adopted was based.