Student Visa

We have years of experience helping non-EU citizens obtain their long-term student visas

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Speakeasy will help you with the entire visa application process, which can be quite complex and time consuming. We have years of experience helping non-EU citizens to obtain their long-term student visas. You can take comfort in the fact that we will be there for you the whole way.

What type of visa do you need?

You will have to apply for a specific type of student visa, depending on the duration of your studies, as explained below:

  • Less than 180-days (type D visa)
    if you plan to study in Spain between three and six months
  • More than 180 days (type D visa)
    if you plan to study in Spain more than six months. This type of visa allows you to obtain the Residence Card (NIE) and prolong your studies from within Spain after your first visa expires.

Please note that if you plan on prolonging your visa from Spain after your initial visa expires, you must be enrolled in a course for greater than 180 days.

You can apply for a student visa both from Spain or from your home country. Below is a handy video explaining the process plus some more detailed information about applying for your visa.

If you decided to apply from Spain you would need to come to Spain on a Tourist visa and apply for a student permit, called “estancia por estudios”.

Please note that you must have minimum 35 days left of your legal stay when applying for a student permit from Spain.

Documents needed to apply

Below are the required documents you will need in order to apply:

  • Application Form EX-00
  • Current valid passport (all pages)
  • Speakeasy acceptance letter for a full-time program (Intensive Course 20 hours per week)
  • Confirmation of the payment for your course
  • Academic program and Cervantes accreditation
  • Full coverage medical insurance without pre-amortisation period and co-payments (sin carencia y sin copagos)
  • Proof of financial means (at least 540 EUR /month) .
  • Medical certificate confirming that you don’t have any diseases that would require you to be quarantined
  • Criminal record certificate + with the apostille certificate (issued in the last five years by the relevant authorities in your home country)
  • Proof of Accommodation (Rental agreement / contract, Host invitation (Acta de manifestación) – if you are planning to stay during your studies at friends or family members place)

When to apply

We recommend that you apply for a student residence permit within 4 to 9 weeks before the start date of your Spanish course.

Where to apply

You can apply for your student residence permit in person at the General Registry Office (Regstro Reneral) situated at Calle Bergara 12, or apply online.

When do you get an answer?

It takes up to 30 days working days to get an answer from Foreigners Office (Extranjeria) regarding your study permit application decision.

Documents needed to apply

Below are the required documents you will need to turn into the Spanish embassy in the country of application.

  1. Completed visa application form (Solicitud de visado)
  2. Current passport (copy of all pages)
  3. Two recent passport sized photos
  4. Speakeasy acceptance letter for a full-time program (Intensive course)
  5. Confirmation of the payment for your course
  6. Academic program and Cervantes accreditation
  7. Full coverage medical insurance without pre-amortisation period and co-payments (sin carencia y sin copagos)
  8. Proof of financial means (at least 540€ per month that you will be staying in Spain)
  9. Medical certificate confirming that you don’t have any diseases that would require you to be quarantined
  10. Criminal record certificate with the apostille certificate (issued in the last five years by the relevant authorities in your home country)
  11. Proof of Accommodation (rental agreement/contract, host invitation — Acta de manifestación — if you are planning to stay during your studies at friends or family members place)
  12. Visa application fee

Please note that:

  • The consulate may ask you for additional documents
  • Additional required documents may vary depending on each consulate or regulations from your home country

When to apply

We recommend you apply for your visa within 5 to 9 weeks before the start of your Spanish course. Please note that consulates of Spain require you to schedule a previous appointment fo a long-term visa application.

Where to apply

You must contact the consulate of Spain in your home country to find out where you must go to apply. A full list of Spanish embassies and consulates is available here.

When do you get an answer?

Usually it takes between 10 to 15 working days to get an answer regarding your visa application decision.

When you have your visa, what’s next?

Once you have your long-term visa Type D in your passport and have arrived to Spain, you may now apply for your NIE card. Here’s a guide to getting your NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero).

Make an appointment

Make your appointment, “cita” at the police station located at Rambla de Guipizcoa, 74.

Please note that you must book your appointment online before going. On the website, select…

  1. Procedimientos
  2. Extranjería
  3. Cita Previa de Extranjeria
  4. Barcelona
  5. Expedición de Tarjeta de Identidad Extranjero
  6. Policia – Toma de huellas

…and then fill in the data, select the time and print the confirmation of the appointed time.

Prepare your documents

  • Application form EX-17 (original and copy)
  • Passport and its copy
  • 2 recent photos
  • Copy of the passport page with visa type D and stamp of arrival to Spain
  • Registration certificate “empadronamiento”
  • Fee (TASA 790 code 012) has to be paid in advance

Get your NIE!

20-30 days after the submission of your documents to the police, you can pick up your NIE card at the address Mallorca 213, with no prior appointment needed, you must have with you:

  • Passport
  • Resguardo de solicitud (this document will be given to you in the police after fingerprints)
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Our admin team is always happy to help and advise with your Visa requirements and applications process.

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