SAIIE Visa Information
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A student visa is required for students intending to study in Spain for a semester or academic year. Students participating on a summer or winterim program are not required to have a visa.
A visa is an official document affixed in a U.S. Passport by the Consulate General of Spain granting permission to live and study in Spain for the duration that the visa is valid. Students need to apply directly to the Consulate General of Spain with jurisdiction over their permanent residence (not their school address) and be aware that each Consulate may differ slightly in its visa application requirements. Consulate Generals of Spain in the United States require that all applicants make an appointment with and travel to the Consulate within their jurisdiction and apply for their visa in person.
Entry into Spain must take place within 45-90 or 60-120 days of obtaining the student visa (depending on the Consulate’s procedures), and visa processing can take up to six weeks so timing is important. In addition, the student’s U.S. Passport must be valid at least one year beyond the date of visa application, with at least one blank page to affix the visa. As of January 2013, the Consulate General of Spain charge $160 to apply for a Spanish student visa.
For those students who have permanent residency within the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Spain in Chicago (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin), UW-Platteville Education Abroad offers a visa processing service. In order to utilize this service, students must have their education abroad application complete and possess a valid U.S. Passport by the program application deadline (April 15 for academic year participants, April 15 for fall semester participants, and October 1 for spring semester participants).
Students who do not have permanent residency within the jurisdiction of the Consulate General of Spain in Chicago will be responsible for applying for and obtaining their own visa. However, students may also consult their home institution’s education abroad office to confirm whether or not they offer visa processing services.
Upon acceptance into the Spanish-American Institute of International Education, all of the necessary documents and information that students need to apply for their visa will be provided by UW-Platteville Education Abroad. Students will be given additional information and instructions upon acceptance, but for the most up to date information on the Spanish student visa process and procedures, please visit the website of the Embassy of Spain in Washington: http://www.spainemb.org/.
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