How to get a long-term Spanish student visa type D (Non-EU Students)
to study, work and live in Spain
Language courses are the easiest option. You pay for a course, gather all the documents and depart to Spain to learn Spanish for a year. Only the schools that are accreditated by the Cervantes Institute have the right to issue documentation for student visas. BCNLIP is one of those schools.
A course for the visa must be full-time, which means 20 hours per week, and it can only be Spanish or Catalan languages.
What health insurance to choose?
Usual travel insurance doesn’t work for visa purposes. You should get a specific one with unlimited coverage and without copays. The insurance must include repatriation. All this information should be stated in your insurance certificate.
You must choose an international company, accreditated in Spain, and even better would be to choose a Spanish company. We recommend a company called AME Asistencia, which specializes on working with foreign students. We can guarantee that it´s certificate is 100% valid for the consulate of any country.
What is proof of financial means?
The best option is to have around €8000 on your personal bank account for a 12-months course. If your course is shorter, calculate as €600 x months of your studies. I.e., for 7 months you will need 600×7 = around €4500.
Another option is a pack of sponsorship documents from your parents. In this case your parents will also have to prove that they are able to sustain both themselves and yourself, and provide birth certificate, statutory declaration, bank statement, legalized copy of their passport. Only a parent or a legal guardian can be a sponsor, brothers / sisters / spouses and other relatives cannot be your sponsor.
Criminal background check
Different countries have different processes and fees of getting this certificate. You can easily Google it for your country, but remember that US citizens need a certificate issued by the State or Federal Police (FBI), not the local Police.
The certificate must bear the Apostille of the Hague Convention.
This certificate must be signed by the hand of a doctor (M.D. or D.O.) in a letter-head paper in the following format:
“This medical certificate attests that Mr./ Mrs. …………………does not suffer from any illness that would pose a threat to public health following International Health Regulations of 2005.”
Not all countries require this document. For example, USA doesn´t need any confirmation, while Australia and Canada do need it.
The standart pack of documents includes a rental contract for the whole period of studies, a document called Nota Simple (ask the owner of the apartment, they know) and the owner´s DNI.
A simple invitation letter may not be enough, and an Airbnb booking usually is not valid for visa purposes.
BCNLIP can provide you with all the necessary documents to confirm the accomodation, please contact us if you need it.
You can download it on the website of a Spanish consulate in your country.
Enrollment process with BCNLIP for the student visa
Once you have decided to study in Spain, here is the process of enrolling with us:
Contact BCNLIP to confirm the duration of your course and the starting date. Remember that groups for complete beginners start every first Monday of the month, and the students of other levels can start classes any day.
Make the payment through a bank transfer, card, or PayPal. When you apply for the visa, your course should be fully paid for and confirmed by the school. The payment includes:
- Registration: the first book, preparation of the full pack of original documents for the consulate, consultation on student visa process and documents, all certificates and exams during and through the end of the course. We also help you with the NIE application process once you arrive in Spain. This part of the payment is non-refundable.
- The course: the price will depend on the duration of stay, and is refundable in the case of not obtaining a visa (here are our General Terms and Conditions).
First, you will get the documents from the school by email: an invitation letter, an enrollment paper, payment confirmation, and accreditation of the Cervantes Institute. As soon as you confirm that your data is correct, we will send the original documents if needed.
In the meantime you should gather all other documents and schedule an appointment in the consulate. Present all the documentation and wait for about 4 weeks.
Once you’ve received the response you should contact the school to confirm your starting date.