Original and valid passport
Proof of residence status in the United States
Proof of address in the United States
Draft hotel reservations
Draft flight reservations
Copies of any previous Schengen visas
Schengen travel insurance
Proof of employment
The Spain Schengen visa application has to be filled online and takes about 20-30 minutes to finish. You can download the PDF and fill it on any PDF editor. We will walk you through the process.
Provide basic information such as your name and passport details. If you’re wondering what is a national identity number - you can leave it blank or put your passport number in.
Next up, continue entering basic details and check Residence in a country other than the country of current nationality.
The permit number is the unique number associated with your Green Card / H1B/ F1/ J1 visas.
While this is self-explanatory, most people don’t remember if and when they got their fingerprints. A good rule of thumb is that you got your fingerprints if you got a Schengen visa after 2016 since it was impossible to obtain a Schengen visa otherwise.
This can expedite your visa processing since the authorities can pull your fingerprints from a central database. As per the EU:
Frequent travellers to the Schengen Area do not have to give new finger scans every time they apply for a new visa. Once finger scans are stored in VIS, they can be re-used for further visa applications over a 5-year period.
Spain requires information on your intended travel dates. Please do not provide dates for the sake of getting a visa, as, more often than not, your visa granted would be +/- 15 days of your intended arrival date. We suggest always opting for a multiple entry visa but know that it’s unlikely you’ll get one.
In addition, Spain requires your contact information - Surname and first name of the inviting person(s) in the Member State(s). If not applicable, name of hotel(s) or temporary accommodation(s) in the Member State(s). For most travelers, this is the contact information of their hotel/Airbnb. The name has to match the name of the establishment in your itinerary and hotel reservation.
Finally, you’ve to present evidence to prove that you can support your stay in Spain. You can select the option that works best for you, which has a balance equivalent to EUR 50 x the number of days in Spain. For example, a traveler visiting Spain for ten days should show a minimum balance of EUR 500 (EUR 50 x 10 days). You can select multiple options, but evidence of each is required.
After completing the application, make sure to sign it. You do not have to affix your photo on the application.
The photo requirements for a Spanish Schengen visa follow ICAO standards.
Children require a Schengen visa to travel to Spain. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following.
If the child travels with one of the parents, then there must be an notarized permission letter issued from the other parent. In case of the parents’ absence (divorce, death, etc.), a relevant official certificate (i.e divorce, death and etc.) must be presented. Additionally, copies of IDs of parents are also required.
While not required, it is preferred that for children who go to school - a reference letter from the relevant school: address and contacts of the school, signature and stamp of the person in charge, and reference to the Embassy should be noted in the letter.
A letter from your employer is required as proof of employment. The letter should state:
For students, this is a letter from your university. For homemakers or those unemployed, a letter of support from any individual/organization. This includes but is not limited to your spouse or parents too.
Because most Schengen countries provide public healthcare, travel insurance is required to obtain a Spanish Schengen visa, so visitors don’t become a financial burden on Spain's health system in the event of unforeseen issues. The insurance should explicitly meet these requirements:
Check if your employer provides mandatory travel insurance coverage. Often that works if you present a letter/insurance card along with coverage details highlighting the coverage amount.
It is possible to reach Spain from other Schengen and EU countries, Austria, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom and Rwanda. If you're planning on going to Spain from America, there are two options:
Anyone arriving to Spain will undergo a temperature check. All travelers from high-risk areas will be required to fill a health control form, including an RT-PCR test, no older than 72 hours.
A draft reservation is a tentative itinerary showing your flight tickets & hotel stay but not yet purchased. As per the Spanish embassy, “We do not recommend the purchase of travel tickets until your visa has been approved. You may provide us with a reservation, a planned itinerary or an online printout of a roundtrip ticket.”
Many qualify however showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:
invoices of prepaid travels and accommodations
attested documents showing spouse’s consent in covering the expenses, etc.
Other types of visas and document requirements
Short-term work visa: Reference letter of the U.S. employer mentioning profile, salary, date of hiring, dates of vacation, and itinerary.
Self-employed: Your business existence proof and the client’s details you intend to meet in Spain. The proof of income from the business.
Foreign students on F-1 visa: A valid I-20, reference letter from an educational institution, education details, and expected date of the end of graduation course.
The visa sticker contains information on the visa’s validity period and the duration of the authorized stay. A visa can be issued for one entry or multiple entries. The maximum duration of stay is shown on the visa sticker, and it varies according to the reasons for your stay. What you must remember
No, Spain does not provide a visa-on-arrival.
The Member State competent to handle a request visa and decide on it is the one whose territory constitutes the sole destination (or main) or the trips.
When the trip involves several destinations, the competent Member State is the one whose territory constitutes the main destination of the trip (s) in terms of duration. Suppose the main destination cannot be determined. In that case, the competent Member State is the one via the external border from which the applicant intends to enter the Member States territory.
You must apply for your visa at the Spanish consulate because Spain is the main destination of your trip in terms of duration, even if you enter the Schengen area through another member state.
You must enter the nationality of the passport with which you wish to travel.
When you complete your application form, you will need to indicate your nationality of origin and your current nationality (that of your passport).
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