Here is the promised of how to move to Spain step-by-step part 2. I’m going to put into detail how I moved the first time to Spain. Like you all know I’ve lived in Spain with three different visas. The first I applied to was a student visa, and this is the visa I’m going detail in this post.
Check out how I moved to Spain part 1 with a different visa.
First, this visa is the perfect one for those how are looking to move abroad for a short time. More specifically, for those who want to stay for more than 3 months but less than a year. Let’s say this is the ideal visa for students who want to have an abroad experience.
Also, note there are many exchange programs and not all might look like this. What I’m sure is that the visa process it’s the same.
The step-by-step process.
- Look for exchange programs in your school/university.
Chances are you already have a student counselor working with exchange programs to help you with this. Take advantage of this. If there is a relationship made between your school and a Spanish university you are in luck!
2. Apply to the exchange program and choose your classes.
For a visa to be approved you have to submit a couple of documents, this includes an acceptance letter from the Spanish University or exchange program. You want to have a couple of classes to have better chances of having at least 3 approved. For my program, I had to have 3 so I submitted about 2 more.
You want to also make sure that this is valid classes or classes that can be approved in your study program as well. It would be a shame to just throw that money away and not have your classes recognized in the USA.
3. Fill out papers with your university.
Chances are they have a document to authorize you to study abroad. Depending on your university or school the program director might have to sing this authorization. This is a crucial step to have a link between your school and the university in Spain. He/she who approves this paper also has the responsibility of knowing what classes you are going to take abroad and checking if they are valid for your study program.
4. An affidavit stating you have economic means to live abroad.
If you were like me a simple student how didn’t have $ 12,000 lying around you are going to need a guarantee. You can have parents, spouse or children stating will help you economically. Gather any bank letter that states income, payroll, etc.
5. Health Insurance
A travelers health insurance covering you for the length of the trip is fine. Mine cost around 34 $ with OnCampus. It was a lifesaver for some of my health complications abroad. Plus, you will need it for the visa to be approved.
6. Justification of accommodations.
This is to justify where you are going to live while been abroad. If you have done some research you probably know it is not a good idea to send money to strangers abroad for apartments, etc. This you should do in person unless it is an on-campus dorm or the exchange program has already helped you with this.
I used the university direction. The person on the Spanish Consulate was the one who helped me with this and suggested it.
7. 4 photos 2×2
They can’t be black and white, and they have to be with a white background.
8. Airplane tickets.
I honestly don’t remember having this before my visa but it supposedly is required. Make sure with your office and state legislations.
9. Valid passport
When I said valid I mean the expiration date must be good through the whole trip.
After you have all of this head to the Spanish Consulate. They are the ones how to approve your visa. Check if your nearest consulate requires an appointment, mine didn’t but it is an exception. Bring all of your documents listed above and the visa application. There is a fee for the visa but it varies on the type of passport. I’m not sure what this means but in my case it cost around $160.
It takes from 1 week to about three weeks. It’s a fast process and just in rare cases, it could take that long.
Once you are approved you must make sure to leave and return to your country around the stated time in your visa.
Other things you might need to apply for a visa to move to Spain.
- Health certificate
In my case, I had to bring a medical certificate stating I was in good health.
2. School transcripts
My official school transcripts where required as well as part of the visa process.
Moving to Spain…
After writing this I’ve come to realize it sound all so overwhelming. It probably is, it took me 3 years to finally decide to do it. Once I started the process I got frustrated at times because it was a lot of paperwork and you business hours are not always the best. But, I found a lot of people with good heart in the process of how helped me all the way.
It does require some money. It is not cheap but it is possible.
Stay in touch to check future post on how to move to Spain and I will cover housing, money and other abroad concerns.
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