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Applying for a Visa

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Visa applications are consulate matters. Please note that any and all information provided by the Consulates overrules the info here.

IMPORTANT NOTICE These guidelines are aimed to help you through the application process for your visa to travel to Spain. However, we strongly encourage visa applicants to confirm all the information with their local Consulate. Visa applications are consulate matters and only the information provided by them is valid. We offer guidelines but please refer to your local Consulate of Spain for exact procedures and requirements for your visa application.

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 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. You may also want to look into buying flights that accommodate date changes for free.

Consulates General of Spain in Canada

Applicants should check how to submit their applications at the Consular Office of the Embassy or Consulate General corresponding to their province of residence:

  • The consular jurisdiction of the Spanish Embassy in OttawaNueva ventana includes ONLY the National Capital Region (Ottawa and Gatineau).

  • The consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Spain in TorontoNueva ventana includes the provinces/territories of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario (except Ottawa), Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.

  • The consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Spain in MontrealNueva ventana includes the provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec (except Gatineau), and Newfoundland and Labrador.


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