(with the option to work part-time)
Student Visa General Information
Through the Spanish consulate of the applicant’s country of origin.
Or at the local foreign office where the studies take place. The applicant must be in Spain on a regular basis, with a tourist visa valid for 3 months. Thus, the applicant may apply for the student visa during the first two months of their tourist visa.
The application can be presented individually, through authorised representation or online.
The requirements for the student visa are:
The application for a student visa must be presented at the Spanish diplomatic mission or the Spanish consular office in the country where the foreigner resides or at the local foreign office where the student visa will be applied for. This must be accompanied by a valid 3 month tourist visa. In the case of minors the application should be presented in person by their parents or guardians or an accredited representative.
Upon requesting the student visa the applicants must present documents which accredit the following:
In the case of the duration of studies exceeding six months the following is also required:
The Consulate or Embassy may require the presence of the applicant, and where considered necessary, to attend an interview.
The Embassy or Consulate will make a decision about the application and will, in the case of it being successful, issue the student visa within a month.
In the event of the acceptance of the application, the applicant should collect the visa within a period of two months from notification.
If the duration of the stay for studies exceeds six months, the applicant must apply for the corresponding foreign student card within a period of one month after entry into Spain.
Student visa renewal
The authorization to remain in the country for study purposes may be extended annually if the applicant is able to show:
The extension of the visa must be requested no less than sixty days prior to expiry date.
Is it possible to work with a student visa?
Those who have the corresponding student visa may to be authorized to carry out paid work activities, once the employer presents a job authorization application and the following requirements are met:
The aforementioned activities should be compatible with the studies that they are carrying out.
It is not necessary to request authorization for those practices (in public or private entities) which form part of the study plan for which the student visa was granted.
Contracts should be formalized in writing and should adapt to a part time working contract.
The issued authorization will not be limited geographically, except if it coincides with teaching periods, in which case it will be limited to the residential area of the visa holder.
The validity of the authorization will not be longer than that of the visa or study permit.
Work permits will be renewed if there is no change in the circumstances in which it was originally issued, as long as the student visa renewal authorization has been obtained.
From the situation of study visa to residence and work.
Foreigners in Spain on authorization to study can obtain residence and permission to work without having to request a visa, when the employer presents a request for authorization to reside and work, and they also can prove that;
The student who requests this may also request permission for residence for their family members.
The authorization for residence or for work and residence will have the consideration of initial authorization. The effectiveness of the residence and work authorization will be conditioned by the affiliation and inscription into the Social Security system which must be carried out within a month of the applicant being notified. Having complied with this condition, the authorization will commence its validity and within a month the worker should apply for the foreign identity card.
The authorization for work and residence, and where applicable, the authorization for residence for family members, should be applied for during the three months prior to the expiry of the student visa. This application will prolong the validity of their student visa, and where applicable of their family members, until a decision has been made on it.
Long term visa for students` families
Foreigners who have applied for a student visa, or who are in Spain on said visa, may apply for the corresponding visas so that their family members (spouse and children or or minors under legal guardianship under the age of 18) may legally enter and remain in Spain for the duration of the study period. They may apply for the aforementioned visas at the same time as the application for the student visa or at any time during the period of validity of the visa.
The family members of the holder of the student visa may legally remain in Spain during the same period with the same conditions and rights as those stipulated in the student visa. If their stay is longer than six months they should apply for the corresponding foreign student card within a month of arriving in Spain.
The family members will not have the right to apply for work authorisation.
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