GENERAL VISA INFORMATION
JURISDICTION: Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina
In order to apply for a student visa at the BLS Spain Visa Application Center in Washington DC you must be a resident in our jurisdiction or study at a center in our jurisdiction.
In order to apply for other types of visas at the BLS Spain Visa Application Center in Washington DC or at the Consular Section of the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC you must be a resident in our jurisdiction.
Please note that you must submit your visa application according to your jurisdiction. We do not accept applications from outside of our jurisdiction. Consular jurisdictions
SUBMIT IN ADVANCE
Please submit your visa application sufficiently in advance of the start of your trip or the start of your studies. It is possible to apply for a Schengen or a Student visa from 6 months before the intended date of your travel or the beginning of the study program. The procedure involves consultations with other authorities that is not possible to expedite.
TYPES OF VISAS
Starting September 1, 2023, applications for student visas (stays for more than 90 days: NALCAP visa, Au-pair visa, General student visa, including student relative visa and visa for minor students) must be submitted in person by appointment only to the BLS Spain Visa Application Center in Washington DC.
Students with a Fulbright grant (from our jurisdiction) can submit their study visa applications directly to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Spain. Please find specific information in the "Study Visa" tab
Applications for short-term Schengen visas (stays of up to 90 days, including tourist, study or business visas) must be submitted in person by appointment only to the BLS Spain Visa Application Center in Washington DC.
Direct family members of EU, EEA or CH citizens are entitled to submit their applications for short-term visas at the Visa Office in the Consular Section of the Embassy if they are traveling with the EU, EEA or CH citizen, or are on the way to joining them. In this case, the applicant must request an appointment in advance to the Visa Office of the Embassy via email firstname.lastname@example.org attaching scanned copies of the required documentation. Please write the email subject as follows: “APPOINTMENT REQUEST. Shengen visa for EU Family member. Given Name FAMILY NAME of the applicant”. They can also submit their application at the BLS Spain Visa Application Center in Washington DC. Please find specific information in the "Schengen Visa" tab
NON-LUCRATIVE, WORK & RESIDENCY VISAS
Once you have all the required documents you must scan and email them to email@example.com. If there is not enough space to include all the attached documents, you can send them in different, numbered emails. Please do not send emails if you do not have all the required documents yet. When we receive all the required documents, we will answer your mail and schedule an appointment to come in person to the Consular Section of the Embassy to submit the application.
Please write the email subject as follows: “APPOINTMENT REQUEST. Visa Type. Given Name FAMILY NAME. Email Number”
DIPLOMATIC & OFFICIAL VISAS (diplomatic or official passports)
Please submit the documents to apply for accreditation, official or courtesy visas (only for diplomatic or official passports) at the Consular Section of the Embassy of Spain:
2375 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC 20037
Monday - Friday, 9am - 1pm (without an appointment)
BLS VISA APPLICATION CENTER
To find more information and schedule an appointment for Schengen or Student visas at the BLS Spain Visa Application Center in Washington DC, please follow the link: BLS Spain Visa Application Center
BLS Visa Application Center: 1660 L Street. NW, Suite 216, Washington, D.C., 20036
Phone number: 516-888-1169 (BLS call-center for USA)
Please note that we do not accept incomplete visa applications. Only complete applications with all the required documents will be admitted and processed. Please check the required documents below according to the type of visa.