Spain is a nice Country to immigrate to, and spend time with family, work or even study.
In order to immigrate to Spain you must get the Spain Immigration VISA.
Before you Immigrate to Spain, you must have a purpose of Immigration.
Your purpose of Immigration will determine the kind of VISA you apply for.
There are different kinds of Spanish VISA that you can apply for, if you want to Immigrate to Spain. You can get the Spanish Work VISA, Student VISA or the non-lucrative VISA.
Spain Immigration VISA | Required Documents
Check out the documents that are relevant to the application procedures of the Spain Immigration VISA;
- The VISA Application Form: Get the right VISA application form for the purpose of your travel.
- Two biometric photos.
- Your passport: Check your passport before you apply. Note that it must be valid for another three months beyond your departure from Spain. It should also have at least one blank page, so the Consulate can put the VISA sticker in it.
- Copies of passport pages with info.
- Flight reservation.
- Proof of Accommodation: Any of the following can be presented as proof of accommodation:
- Hotel booking; Submit a booking that contain your name, the dates of stay, and the details of the Hotel.
- Invitation letter; If you will be staying over at friends or family members living in Spain, submit a letter invitation from your Host in Spain stating their details (address, contact details, intended period of stay, etc.). Note that photocopy is not acceptable! You can still submit a colored print.
- Rental agreement; If you will be renting a place for your stay in Spain, you should submit a proof of that. You need to present the rental agreement with the owner of the premises. The document must state the area of the place you are renting, address and owner’s details.
- Medical Insurance: You must purchase Travel Medical Insurance, and present this proof to the Spanish Authorities in charge of VISA application admission in your country of residence.
- Medical Certificate: A document issued from your Doctor issued in the last three months. The certificate must confirm that you are free of any disease that could seriously affect public health.
- Proof of Sufficient Financial Means: documents as a proof of sufficient financial means:
- Rental income, if you have any properties that you rent out.
- Job contract showing your salary, for employment.
- Income from your business, if you are self-employed.
- Scholarship confirmation that shows the amount you will receive, for students.
- Pension statements, for retired persons, etc.
Note: These are only the main requirements. According to the VISA type you are applying for, you will need to collect and submit extra documents.
Application Procedures For The Spain Immigration VISA
- Download and fill the Application Form: You have to download the Spanish long-term VISA application form and fill it correctly. Indicate your purpose of travel, and also fill in the correct information. Do not mistake the Spanish long-term VISA application form with the Schengen VISA application form.
- Compile the required Documents: The documents you need for application are listed above.
- Lodge your Application form: You will have to Lodge your application form at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your Home country or any authorized Spanish VISA processing center.
- Book an Appointment: You will have to book an appointment with the Consulate or Embassy in two ways, depending on how the authorities of your Country regulates. Either Online through the website of the Consulate or third-party VISA center or through phone.
- Attend VISA interview: Make sure you arrive early at the interview center on the interview day. The official will only ask you questions about your purpose of travel and your background. If it is your first time traveling to the Schengen territory in the last five years, you will need to give your biometrics. This means you will have your facial image and fingerprints taken.
- Pay VISA Fee: You will have to pay the VISA fee on the day of the interview.
- Wait for your VISA to be processed: You will have to wait for your VISA to be processed after you have Lodge your application.
Note: You need to apply for a Foreigner Identity Card within one month of arrival in Spain, at the Foreigners Office in the area where you have settled.
How To Apply For The Spanish Non-Lucrative VISA
A Spanish non-Lucrative VISA is a permit to enter Spain, under the purpose of residence without working.
It is categorized as a Spanish long-stay VISA.
The main requirement to get this VISA, is having sufficient financial means to support yourself without the need to get a job in Spain.
- VISA Application Form; Do not confuse the National VISA form with the Schengen VISA form, since they are completely different. Make sure you answer all questions correctly. The information you give in the application form must comply with that in the other documents.
- Valid Passport; It should be no older than 10 years, and valid for another year at least. It should have at least one blank page for the VISA sticker.
- Two Identical Photos; The photos must be taken according to the Schengen VISA photo specifications.
- Medical Certificate; Get this certificate from an authorized Doctor in your Country of residence. It should indicate that you do not have any disease that poses risks for public health. Remember that on the day you submit this certificate, it must be no older than 90 days.
- Health Insurance; Obtain Medical Insurance from a private insurer in Spain.
- Original Police Clearance Certificate; A document that confirms you have not committed any Illegal activity in the last 5 years. This document should also be no older than three months on the day of submission
- NIE number. This a personal unique number, given to every foreigner who intends to stay in Spain for longer than six months. Apply for this number at the Consulate, before you apply for a VISA.
- Proof of sufficient income; The most important part of your application! If you fail here, your application will be rejected for sure. You need to prove you have a minimal amount of about 2,150€ per month, and an extra 535€ per month for every dependent you plan to bring with you. The following documents can serve as proof of financial means:
- Bank statements for the last three months.
- Letter of employment stating the salary, if you will be receiving a salary from an employer outside Spain.
- Proof of investments.
- Proof of other types of income, i.e. from rented property.
- Marriage/Birth certificate is required for those applying as a dependent.
You must apply for the VISA five weeks before your intended date of travel, and submit your application at the Spanish Embassy or Consulate in your Home Country.
Book an appointment with the Consulate, and on the day of the interview you will:
- Meet with a VISA consular for the interview.
- Submit the supporting document to the interview
- Give your biometrics – fingerprints and facial image – if you have not traveled to the Schengen territory in the last five years.
- Pay the VISA fee; Check how the Spanish Authorities have regulated this issue in your Country of residence. You may need to pay in cash, money order or certified check. The VISA fees are:
- Citizens of the United States need to pay a fee of €123.
- Citizens of Canada need to €507 for a Spanish non-lucrative VISA.
- An amount of €80 is required from the nationals of other world countries for the processing of this VISA.
Keep in mind: The Spanish Authorities may take up to three months to process your non-lucrative residence VISA application. Though most Countries process the VISA from two to five weeks.
Arriving Spain | Spain Immigration VISA
Once you arrive in Spain, you have one month to apply for your Foreigner Identity Card, at the Foreigners Office in the area where you have settled.
You will need your passport with the Spanish VISA in it, three photos, and proof of payment of the corresponding fee.
The Residence Permit is initially issued with a validity of two years.
You can then renew the permit for another 5 years, given that you have stayed at least six months per year with the Non-Lucrative Residence Permit in Spain, during the last two years.
After five years in Spain with a temporary residence permit, you will be eligible to apply for a permanent residence permit.