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Applying for a visa

General Info and Guidelines

Once you receive your Letter of Acceptance, your placement in Spain has been officially assigned. Now it's time for you to apply for your visa. You must apply for a visa before leaving for Spain.

Visas are issued by the Consulates General of Spain in the U.S. and Canada under the jurisdiction of the MInistry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, not the Ministry of Education. They are consular matters and as such we have no authority over their rules, regulations and policies. Please direct all questions pertaining to visas to your local Consulate General of Spain.

The guidelines below have all the necessary information on how to apply for a visa and they will take you through the process. In addition, you will find important information concerning the steps that you must take once you have arrived in Spain, in order to validate your student visa and secure a residency card.

Although the following information is found in the guidelines, we would like to highlight two important points.

  1. Please be aware that you will not be able to apply for your visa under any circumstance until you have received your Letter of Acceptance.
  2. We strongly suggest NOT buying your airline tickets to Spain until you have received the visa and it is in your custody. You can always research flight prices but you shouldn't buy your actual plane ticket until you have your visa in hand. This is due to the fact that at times, visa applications may be delayed and you may find that your travel date has arrived but your visa hasn't and so you cannot travel to Spain. It is truly best to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Consulates General of Spain in the United States

Salto de línea After carefully reading the guidelines for applying for a visa, please click below on your local Consulate of Spain. You will find detailed information on how to apply for a visa at that particular office.

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