In order to pass the good on I am writing this brief post to outline a few details that are important when filing a nonlucrative one year visa for Spain.
It seems a bit overwhelming, but it is possible!
I want to give credit to two bloggers that helped me initially:
Now, I am working with the Consulate in Houston and they have been amazing. Super responsive and helpful. I initially made my appointment for Nov. 2nd, but soon realized my FBI Fingerprints would not arrive in time (they still have not arrived). I rescheduled for Nov 22nd. In order to get it done, I contacted Passport Express here in Austin and they facilitated the entire process for me. It took two weeks and I had all of it done and I was ready for my appointment!
I arrived at the consulate and gave them all my documents, they let me know I was missing the translations of my bank statements, the medical certificate signed by an MD not a NP, and copies of the home owner’s ID where I will be residing.
I left everything and paid the fee. They gave me a document listing what I needed to get done and gave me a deadline of 10 business days to complete it and send it to them via post.
Here are the details of what you need prior to your appointment:
You need two copies of each of these documents and you MUST send the ORIGINAL. They will not accept scans or copies without the original.
– Holders of B-1 and B-2 Visas cannot apply in the United States; they must apply in their country of residence or country of origin.– Applicants holding Student Visas must also submit their I-20 signed by the university on the last page and a copy of their F-1 Visa.
(a) The U.S. Justice Department– FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation and must be legalized with the “Apostille of The Hague” by the Secretary of State in Washington D.C.or(b) The State Justice Department (all states where the applicant has resided in the last 5 years) and the document must be legalized with the “Apostille of The Hague” by the Secretary of State of said state.
• Spouse of the main applicant should submit his/ her own application with the same documents plus the Marriage certificate authenticated with the Apostille of The Hague and translated into Spanish. (Bring photcopies of the original documents and the translations)• Children of the main applicant should submit their own application with the same documents plus the Birth certificate authenticated with the Apostille of The Hague and translated into Spanish. (Bring photcopies of the original documents and the translations)
I got my translation of the apostille done with Martha Cotera who works in Austin. Because the consulate wanted the other translations done by a “traductor/a jurado/a” I contacted Aurora. They were both amazing! If you want their contact information please let me know!
If you have any specific questions please let me know! I will be posting about getting my two cats and two dogs there closer to our move date.
I will update this post as needed!
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UPDATE: UPON ARRIVAL
You will go to the “Comisaría” (police station- check online which one and make sure you bring:
- Passport Pictures (2)
- A copy of your entry stamp from passport
- A copy of your passport main page
- The proof of payment for the visa in SPAIN (you may have to pick it up at the comisaría before paying)
- AND Proof of residency through City Hall – Empadronamiento.
You will go and present all the above and go pick up your residency card in 45 days (at least in Vigo)!!
Thank you for reading!