AUXILIAR LIFE

How to Get a Spanish Long term Visa
for Philippine Passport Holders

After tons of paperwork that seemed to be endless, I finally got my Spanish visa approved!!! I’m going to Spain in less than a month and I couldn’t be any more excited!!! Sorry for the excessive exclamation marks but it just feels too good to be true!!!

I will be moving to Spain to teach English for the Spanish government’s Auxiliares de Conversación Program. The program starts on October 1 and I had to apply for a visa before my flight in mid-September so I can stay there until the end of the school year. Unlike other passports, a Philippine passport doesn’t allow you to enter Spain without a visa. So whether it’s for a short stay or long stay in Spain, Filipinos should apply for a visa.

WHAT KIND OF VISA DO I NEED?

The first step is to know the visa type that you need. You can check VFS Spain Application for more details. 

There are three types of visa you can apply for:

1. SHORT STAY VISA

The Schengen visa is valid in all Schengen countries for a stay of up to 90 days for tourism, family visit or business. Spain is a member of the Schengen agreement along with the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

If you’ll be visiting more than one country among the Schengen states, it’s advised to apply at the embassy or consulate of the country where you’ll stay the longest. For more details on the application process, visit the VFS site.

2. TRANSIT VISA

Pretty straightforward, you’ll need this visa to allow you to transit through Spain or other Schengen member state.

3. LONG STAY VISA

For applicants who wish to stay or reside in Spain for more than 90 days, this is the type of visa to apply for. Unlike the Schengen visa where applications are processed through VFS, a long stay visa has to be submitted and paid directly at the Consulate General of Spain. VFS only books the  appointment and notifies applicants once the passport is ready for pick-up.

There are different types of long term visa with different sets of documents required. You can check this page for more info.spanish visa application form

WHAT ARE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS NEEDED (LONG TERM STUDENT VISA)?

1. Duly accomplished National application form

Can be downloaded here

2. One passport‐size photo with white background

Size should be 3.5cm x 4.5 cm with plain background and hasn’t been used in previous visas

3. Valid passport and previous passports, if applicable

Passport should be valid for a minimum 3 months after the planned trip

4. 1 photocopy of the data page of the valid passport and all previous visas and stamps

5. Enrollment at a public or private university, school or center and the details of the course to be taken.

In my case, the carta de nombramiento replaces this requirement since I will not be studying per se

7. Proof of economic means

Bank certificates, bank statements, credit card statements and ITRs

8. Medical insurance provided by an authorized insurance company in Spain

Click here for the list of accredited insurance companies in the Philippines

9. Medical Certificate

Should be done at any DOH accredited hospital or clinic indicating the non-existence of disease that may have a serious effect on public health. Should be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs

10. NBI Clearance

Validity is 3 months from date of issuance and must be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs

11. 2 photocopies of the filled‐out application form and 1 photocopy of the rest of the documents.spain visa application documents

WHAT ARE THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS?

The following documents were the ones I submitted but there is no official list of what to submit. I just included documents that I thought will prove that I’m financially capable to travel.

1. Payslips

I submitted my payslips for the last 3 months just to show my monthly salary here in the Philippines

2. Paid plane ticket

I know that paying for plane tickets without an approved visa is not recommended but I had to buy mine 3 months in advance for discounted prices

3. Hotel bookings

I included my AirBnB booking in a flat in Barcelona before I move in to my apartment in Málaga

WHAT TO DO ON THE DAY OF APPLICATION?

1. Put all the documents in 1 large brown envelope (with the applicant’s surname, name and contact number written in bold letters on the upper left corner of the envelope).

2. If you’re a bit OC like me, make a checklist of the documents you have and put them in order.

3. Visa fee is P 2,910. Prepare the exact amount.

4. Print your VFS appointment letter. Arrive at the Spain Consulate General-Manila at least 10 minutes before your appointment.

Spain Consulate General-Manila
5th floor, A.C.T. Tower. 135
Sen. Gil J. Puyat Av.1200
Makati, Metro Manila
con.manila@maec.es
Helpline : (+63) 2-789 4904

5. Electronic gadgets are not allowed inside so you will have to leave them with the guards outside the building.

6. The guards will give you a number and they’ll tell when you can enter the building. Unless called, you have to stay at the lobby.

7. Once permitted to enter the Consular office, wait to be called to present your application form and documents at either of the 3 windows. No need to be nervous about the interview but be prepared to answer their questions. {I had mine in Spanish because I said my level is advanced when I was asked} They’ll ask personal questions that seem irrelevant but just answer them and try to be chummy with the interviewer.

8. If everything goes smoothly and you have all documents, they will give you back the originals and just take the photocopies. Pay the visa fee and they will give you the receipt stapled to a copy of your application form. Don’t lose it! You will need it to claim your passport.

HOW LONG IS THE PROCESSING TIME?

My application took only 7 business days to be processed but processing time may vary. According to the previous auxiliares, it can take up to 4 weeks to be processed.

For future Filipino auxiliares de conversación or anyone who’s interested in applying for a Spanish long-term visa, I hope this will help enlighten and prepare you. If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I’d be happy to help.

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134 Comments

  • Reply
    Cris
    December 2, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Hi! Im planning to quit my job and study in Barcelona (Oxford TEFL). I just want to ask how much cash should I ready to reflect on my bank certificate as soon as I apply for a long term student visa (not including the budget for accommodation and flights)? I dont actually use credit cards. I just can provide bank certificate and ITR and also my boyfriend’s bank certificate if ever I would need it. We are planning to move to Barcelona next year. And also, can you recommend other reputable TEFL school in Barcelona? Hoping for your response. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      December 4, 2015 at 3:56 am

      Hi Cris, I don’t know how much show money you need to be approved. In my case, I had almost 200K in my bank certificate but I have friends who only had 60K and they got approved too. If you have a document that indicates a monthly stipend, I think you wouldn’t need much. Just money you need to spend to settle in. I haven’t looked into TEFL schools so I can’t help you with that part. Anyway, good luck!!!

      • Reply
        Cris
        December 4, 2015 at 7:28 am

        Hi! Thank you for your reply. I just have some more questions. Did your friends apply for a tourist visa which is good for 90 days only? Or visa for work or study which are actually more of a long term visa and yours is what? I am looking at 40,000 pesos a month budget (not including flights and accommodation because both will be arranged even before my interview at the spanish embassy) Do you think that is enough? I hope you still have time to reply me. Thanks 🙂

        • Reply
          Joanne Skywalker
          December 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm

          Me and my friends applied for long-term student visa. Can’t really tell how much money is enough since I can only base on my experience. Do you have a scholarship? Or are you paying for everything on your own?

          • Cris
            December 7, 2015 at 11:16 pm

            Hi Joanne,

            I will have my flights and long term apartment rental arranged in Barcelona by my bf even before my visa appointment. He will be there a month before my arrival. So im just really curious on how much i shoulf reflect on my bank certificate for the day to day budget. I just dont really like to get into any hassle anymore because i want to save time so i just want to have all the requirements complete and ready by now. So do you think 200,000 is enough as six months budget (excluding the apartment and flights expenses)? Thank you so much!

          • Cris
            December 7, 2015 at 11:21 pm

            And also, the school tuition will be also paid either 50% or in full before my visa appointment so that I can also submit the letter of acceptance from the school and enrollment documents. So tuition fees, flights and accommodation will all be settled in advance. Im just really concern on how much i should reflect in my bank certificate to lessen the hassle, save time and avoid being denied just because of show money.

        • Reply
          Joanne Skywalker
          December 9, 2015 at 10:40 pm

          I’m not sure but I think 200k is a good amount, if that excludes accommodation and flights. As long as you have the other docs to support your application like your enrolment, med certificate and insurance, you’ll be fine I think.

      • Reply
        Marney
        October 17, 2016 at 10:31 pm

        I really hope they accept it with less than 200k at least in my case 🙂

  • Reply
    Mars
    May 31, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Hi Joanne!

    This is very helpful! Thank you very much! I just have one question though, when you say “should be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs,” what does it mean? Did you have to bring your medical certificate and NBI clearance to a DFA Office pa? Also, for the medical insurance requirement, what type of document is needed for this? Will this be provided by the Junta of your assigned province?

    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      June 2, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Mars! Yes, you have to go to any DFA Office to have your docs authenticated (aka red ribbon). This means they’ll check if your medical certificate and NBI clearance are legit. You have to pay 100 per document (200 if you want them the ff day). I paid 800 all in all because my medcert included 3 docs daw idk why haha.

      I assume you’ll be arriving weeks or days before October 1. Before that date, you’re not covered by Junta’s insurance so you have to pay for your own. I got Blue Cross and I did everything online. They sent me an official pdf doc indicating the coverage of the insurance: from the date of my flight to September 30. Then for the rest of your stay, your carta de nombramiento should say that you have medical insurance for the duration of the program.

  • Reply
    Belle
    June 4, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Joanne 🙂 Incoming auxiliar here, from the Philippines as well. Just have one question… did you have to get any of your documents translated to Spanish (and if so, where did you have it done)? Such a helpful blog post by the way! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      June 5, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Belle, thanks 🙂 Nope, no need to get the docs translated. Not sure why but we asked the Education Advisor and he said no need so yay! 😀

  • Reply
    Tin
    July 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Hi Joanne! I’m applying for a student visa to enter a university this October. I’ve recently tried to book an appointment. But, I was only left dates in October to choose from. Is there a possible way to get an appointment earlier than October? And do you have some tips on how to pass the interview for student visa? Thanks! 🙂

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      July 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Tin! Try calling the consulate. My friends couldn’t get an earlier appointment either. They called and the consulate told them they could present their carta de nombramiento (letter with the name of the school and everything) and probably they can make an exception.
      Hmm tips… Don’t get too nervous. If you’ve got nothing to hide, you don’t need to worry. Be confident in your answers. If you tell them you can speak and understand Spanish well, they will interview you in Spanish. And before your interview, make sure you have ALL the requirements. Good luck, see you in Spain! 🙂

      • Reply
        Tin
        July 13, 2016 at 11:39 pm

        Thanks for the response! The spanish consulate said I need to send them a proof of enrollment. However, I haven’t enrolled yet so I’ll probably accomplish the enrollment next week.

        Will speaking spanish well be a huge factor in the interview? Will I have a better chance if I am already enrolled in the course? Do you know anyone who has already enrolled but got denied?

        Thank you so much!

        • Reply
          unechienneandalouse
          July 17, 2016 at 6:52 pm

          I don’t think it’s a huge factor. Just additional points maybe HAHA.
          I think they will deny your visa if you’re not yet enrolled. I’ve heard stories of some people who were already enrolled but still got denied. Bbbbut I’m not 100% sure about this.
          In our program though, since it’s run by the Spanish government, all of us were approved.

          • Tin
            July 20, 2016 at 5:41 am

            All right. Thanks! 🙂

          • Tin
            July 24, 2016 at 9:14 pm

            Hi again, Joanne! I have a question about the requirements. What are the documents you had translated to spanish? In terms of DFA authentication, which document was authenticated – the original or the translated? Thanks!

          • Coelom
            July 26, 2016 at 8:05 pm

            Hi Tin! I just applied for Long-Term Student visa (26 July 2016). Just email them your acceptance letter IN SPANISH. Yes. I have to type that in bold since I got delayed because my acceptance letter was initially in English. Afterwards, they will give you the earliest date to accomodate you.

            The Spanish consulate in Manila actually requires a short list (I’ve asked my counterparts in other countries, and our list is waaaaayyy short). The only thing that needs authentication is your medical certificate and NBI clearance (Check out DFA website for instructions. You can request for DFA certification in SM Manila, SM Megamall, and some other malls! Yey!). Other requirements does not need certification. Passport needs no authentication. DFA does not even authenticate Acceptance letters and Medical/Health insurances. So there you go.

            I just have a concern because they did not give me any date on when to follow-up. I was only told that my documents will have to be sent to Spain… and it may take weeks to months. Wow! Now I’m quite concerned because I cannot afford a month. Anyway, I will tell this to our school in Spain so that they can expedite the process (not sure if they can help!).

            So my question for Joanne is… when can I reasonably call the office for follow-up?

          • Coelom
            July 26, 2016 at 8:10 pm

            Also, they weren’t as strict as to translation of documents. This may probably due to the absence of “traductor jurado” in our country. Even Instituto Cervantes is not authorized for translation. So you can probably save a lot of money by just submitting the English version… (well except for the acceptance letter… and probably the insurance?)

        • Reply
          Joanne Skywalker
          July 24, 2016 at 11:05 pm

          Hi Tin, in our program, translation wasn’t required. Ask your advisor or the consulate if this is applicable in your case. 🙂

          • Tin
            July 24, 2016 at 11:16 pm

            I see. Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply
    brynamite
    July 13, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    thanks for sharing! 😀 how long before did you call and ask for an appointment and how many days/weeks later did you get the appointment?
    and what were the questions asked during the interview? 🙂
    I’m also curious if you had any idea how many applicants during the day got granted/denied if you knew any of them

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      July 13, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Book your appointment asap. I think the earlier you can get right now is for September.
      Mmm sample questions… How well you speak Spanish, your work experience, your salary (if you’re currently working), how many brothers and sisters you have haha. It can get pretty random but just go with it.
      Good luck! See you in Spain!

      • Reply
        Coelom
        July 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm

        I only have two questions:
        1. When will your program start?
        2. How did you get into this program?

        My interview only lasted for 1-2 mins… Should I be scared? Anyway, hoping for the best… (no more delays please!!!)

        • Reply
          Tin
          July 26, 2016 at 8:54 pm

          Hi Coelom! I just emailed the consulate for an appointment request. Can I have your email? I need to ask some questions. Thanks! My email by the way is christinapaine_10@yahoo.com.

        • Reply
          Joanne Skywalker
          July 26, 2016 at 9:42 pm

          Hi Coelom! Did they tell you at the Consulate that your visa may take weeks to months? Mine only took 7 business days so maybe they were just giving you a worst-case scenario. Try calling after 2 weeks if they haven’t contacted you by then. Good luck! and see you in Spain 🙂

  • Reply
    Amma
    July 20, 2016 at 11:10 am

    hi how much the total cost of the following documents including the fee, insurance ,medical and etc,except showmoney? pls reply thanks

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      July 20, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Amma! More or less 8k pesos in total:
      Visa Application – P 3,000
      Medical Certificate – P 2,000
      Medical Insurance – P 2,100
      NBI Clearance – P 115
      DFA Authentication – P 400

  • Reply
    John
    July 21, 2016 at 8:29 am

    hi joanne, where did you got your medical certificate? is the a list of clinics/ hospitals? does the medical certificate needs to be authenticate by DOH before ggetting the red ribbon in DFA? thank you

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      August 31, 2016 at 3:35 am

      Hi John, sorry for the late reply, your comment went straight to spam. I hope you got all this things done by now. I’m not sure if there’s an official list of accredited clinics and yes, the med cert needs to be stamped by DOH before getting the DFA red ribbon.

  • Reply
    Mia
    July 24, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Hello! Where did you get your mdical certificate? I’m finding it gard to find a clinic to indicate the needed statement that the embassy needs (ex: “indicating the non-existence of diseases that may have a serious effect on public health, according to International Sanitary Regulations of 2005 “)

    Also where did you get an insurance that can give you 1year coverage?

    Thank you for your help!!

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      August 31, 2016 at 3:40 am

      Hi Mia, sorry for the late reply, I didn’t see your comment right away. I got my med cert from Goodhealth Diagnostic Center in Cubao. I’m assuming they’re familiar with the program by now since many of us went there last year. And regarding your insurance question, I only bought one for 15 days from Pacific Cross Philippines (previously Blue Cross) since in our program provides medical insurance for the whole school year.

  • Reply
    Nica
    July 26, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Hi Joanne!

    Thank you for giving a step by step guide, it’s really helpful! I’ve also read through the comments section of your page, and I had some of my own questions answered. Especially regarding the translation of documents in Spanish. So there is no need for this anymore right?

    As for the DFA authentication process, did you have to go to the DOH and get their seal/stamp of approval beforehand for your medical certificate? I called the DFA about this, and they mentioned that I have to go to the DOH for this seal/stamp before they can authenticate a medical certificate.

    Hope to hear from you soon! Thank you 😀

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      July 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Hi Nica! Are you with the auxiliar program? If yes, then there’s no need to get the docs translated. Yes, your medical certificate has to be stamped by DOH. If you don’t want to go through the hassle, you can go to a clinic that can do that step for you. Most of us went to Goodhealth Diagnostic Center in Cubao because it’s an accredited OFW medical exam clinic and they’re already familiar with the process. 🙂 Don’t hesitate to ask if you have more questions!

      • Reply
        Nica
        July 28, 2016 at 10:00 am

        I found the list of the accredited clinics – http://www.poea.gov.ph/clinic/dohclinics.html Just for people who might need it in the future.

        I am planning to go to the one in Commonwealth. I am not doing the auxiliar program, I inquired via email with the Spanish consulate, and they are requiring me to have my NBI clearance and medical certificate (translated into Spanish, after the DFA authentication process).

        There is only one accredited translator here in Manila, and her name is Malu Ambrosio. Her email address is ambrosio.malu@gmail.com – once again for people who are also applying for a long term student visa.

        Thank you for all your help!

        • Reply
          Joanne Skywalker
          July 29, 2016 at 4:44 am

          Thanks for sharing this info Nica! 🙂

          • Germane rodriguez
            August 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm

            Hi nica and joan skywalker , ive gotten intouch with ms. Ambrosio , does the embassy require to have all documents translated to spanish e.g. bank certificate or just the med cert and nbi authenticated by dfa?

          • Joanne Skywalker
            August 19, 2016 at 7:25 pm

            Hi Germane, in the Auxiliares program, it wasn’t required to have the docs translated so I’m sorry but I can’t help you with that question. You can try contacting the Consulate if you haven’t 🙂

          • Nica
            August 30, 2016 at 10:54 pm

            Hi Germane, I found a Spanish translator online.

            The rate is so much cheaper. This is their website – http://www.triotraducciones.com/ I contacted them via whatsapp +34 633 441 170
            The translator’s name is Laura Moreno. She’s very helpful, and she is easy to talk to.

            Hope this helps other applicants!

          • Germane
            August 31, 2016 at 9:43 am

            Thank you your help guys, another question , do i need yo have my nbi, med cert legalize by the spain consulate? And also about the tickets, do i have to present one?

          • Pinaytomadrid
            September 1, 2016 at 11:08 am

            Hi Joanne , what exactly did the consulate told you or did they emailed you ? Because i received a response from the Consulate that i can get my passport next week, but they didnt say anything about the result if its denied. What do you think ?

        • Reply
          carla
          October 11, 2016 at 4:31 pm

          Hi Nica, thanks for sharing the doc translator information. Just wondering if you had the entire document translated to Spanish? I was wondering if its OK to translate only the med cert and NOT the entire medical report. TIA!

        • Reply
          Marney
          October 18, 2016 at 11:35 am

          Pheww! Finally submitted all my docs!! Wasnt that easy! Anyway if any of you need help this is my email abaca.sinamay@gmail.com

          I actually translated my documents with the company in Spain that you mention below instead of with the sworn translator here in Manila as price for the translations were cheaper but I regret it 🙁 it ended up being more expensive since I hadnt factored in the shipping fees and times!
          Someone had told me you could present scanned copies at the consulate but when I actually did they didnt accept them and I had to have them ship the originals which took long! I was a nervous wreck!!
          Anyway happy to help anyone that needs my help

          • Rochi
            October 19, 2016 at 11:26 am

            the trick with Ms Malu is to tell her you are a student, then she gives you much better rates 🙂 at least thats what I did and its easier as she is based here. I thought she was filipina but in fact she is Spanish, I was surprised when I saw her.

        • Reply
          Gerry
          November 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm

          Hi Nica, how was your schooling went and the visa process? you mentioned you were not an auxiliar?

  • Reply
    Harvie Portugaliza
    July 27, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Hi Joanne. Nice Blog. Kindly tell us how the medical certificate was written (the content or format). What’s the name of the DOH accredited hospital/clinic? What were the tests conducted to declare free from IHR 2005 list of diseases? The consulate told me that the medical certificate was not written correctly.

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      July 27, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Hi Harvie! A lot of us went to Goodhealth Diagnostic Center in Cubao last year so they’re already familiar with the process, they can even get the DOH stamp for you. They did the routine physicals, x-ray, urinalysis, hiv test and a psych test. Here’s the statement that needs to be included: “This Medical Certificate attests that (Your Name, Age, Sex, Civil Status and Address) does not suffer from any illness that would pose a threat to public health according to the International Health Regulation of 2005.” Good luck! Don’t hesitate to ask if you have more questions! 🙂

  • Reply
    PinaytoMadrid
    August 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Nica. where did you have your medical examination? im currently processing a student visa also . is it neccessary that all of our documents should be translated in spanish ? does it need an enrolment document aside from acceptance letter from school?

  • Reply
    PinaytoMadrid
    August 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Hi Joanne. your blog is so much helpful. i just wanted to ask if its okay that i will do my medical in Goodhealth Diagnostic Center also , even im processing for student visa ? do i need to make an appointment if in case ? how much does it pay overall fo medical and stamp?

    • Reply
      unechienneandalouse
      August 3, 2016 at 4:12 pm

      Hi PinaytoMadrid! Yes, a lot of us who were applying for a student visa last year went to Goodhealth. I don’t think you need an appointment but you can go ahead and call them just to be sure. All in all, it was P 2000. Good luck!

  • Reply
    PinaytoMadrid
    August 4, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Joanne, thanks for reply. Do you have any recommendations for Spanish translator to do my visa documents here in Ph??

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      August 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      We didn’t have to get our docs translated so I’m sorry I can’t help you with this.

  • Reply
    PinaytoMadrid
    August 5, 2016 at 1:43 am

    hi Joanne! do you know any translator for visa documents ??

    • Reply
      Enya
      November 19, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Hi PinaytoMadrid, how did your application go? please give feedback. thank you

  • Reply
    PinaytoMadrid
    August 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Joanne! where did you processed your document for authentication? and how long is the process and and what are the requirements ?

    • Reply
      Coelom
      August 7, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Hi Pinaytomadrid!

      Congratulations! I am sure you are excited on a life changing decision that you are making. Coursing all through these bureaucracy can be quite daunting. But everyone here will be very willing to help. Please find time to review posts from above. Most of your questions can be answered by past posts. You can even get few tips to hasten your application.

      Until then… cheers!

  • Reply
    Carla
    August 15, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Joanne, may I know if you bought a roundtrip tix or just one way? If roundtrip, what were the dates? One year din ba? Thankss!

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      August 19, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Hi Carla, sorry for the late response. I bought a one-way ticket 🙂

      • Reply
        carla
        August 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

        thanks for replying! they didn’t question you po about the one-way ticket lang? If I have inquiries about the documents and translations required, the email is con.manila@maec.es, correct po? Salamat ulit and happy Sunday!

        • Reply
          Coelom
          August 26, 2016 at 7:58 pm

          I believe the consulate is not asking for tickets. I just applied this July 2016. Not sure if requirements already changed since then.

        • Reply
          Joanne Skywalker
          August 28, 2016 at 6:22 pm

          Hi Carla, our program advisor told us to get one-way tickets and no, they didn’t question us. 🙂 I’m not sure about the email of the consulate though.

  • Reply
    Nica
    August 30, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Hi again, Joanne!

    I just wanted to ask if you had to submit the original copies of the following:

    1. NBI clearance
    2. Medical certificate
    3. Authentication certificates issued by the DFA for both 1 and 2

    Let me know, and thanks again!

    • Reply
      unechienneandalouse
      August 30, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      Hi Nica,
      If I remember correctly, they only took the copies 🙂 You’re welcome.

      • Reply
        Nica
        August 31, 2016 at 10:02 am

        Thank you, because, when I had 1 and 2 authenticated, they attached both to the DFA certificates.

        Did you give photocopies of the receipts as well?

  • Reply
    Nica
    August 31, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Hi again guys!

    I tried calling the hotline of VFS to verify this, but they are not sure as well. What did you guys put in number 11(National identity number, where applicable) of the national form? Tin number? Passport number? Or is it N/A for us Filipinos?

    I hope someone can shed some light into this! Thanks again, everyone!

    • Reply
      carla
      November 2, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      I put in my passport number

  • Reply
    Ruan
    September 13, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Hi there. Thank you for a very helpful article. Do you perhaps know what happens after the first year if you plan on staying longer? I read somewhere that in the 2nd year you would be allowed to work or start a business?

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      September 13, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      Hi Ruan! If you’re under the auxiliar program, you must renew via Profex before the deadline for the following year. Then, you can either stay here in Spain or go back to your country or wherever during the summer. I suppose you’re a Filipino citizen?? If you are, you would only be allowed to work if an employer hires you and gives you a working visa or job permit, which is unlikely because RED TAPE. OOOR you can marry an EU citizen 😉

  • Reply
    Chichi
    September 14, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Hi Joanne! Thanks for the helpful info. I just have few questions. Did you apply for your visa via VFS or directly to the embassy? How did you know when to get your passport? Did they ask you to come after 7days or did they tell you to wait for their call? Do you think it’s the Filipina who received the docs who decides whether to grant the visa or not or the Spanish consul? Would really appreciate if you could answer all clarifications. Thanks.

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      September 16, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      VFS books the appointment for you and they notify when you can claim your passport but you have to go to the consulate directly. They sent me an SMS message telling me I could pick it up. Regarding who decides whether to grant the visa or not, I have no idea haha.

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    Jhes
    September 26, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Hi Ms. Joanne. I am interested to become an auxiliar. Am I eligible to apply? And if so, may you share with me how you applied for it? I am a graduate of BSBA Marketing Management. I hope you could reply me. Thank you so much. Here is my email. jhezperalta_23@yahoo.es

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      November 25, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Hi Jhes, sorry it took me so long to reply. What’s your nationality?

      • Reply
        Jhes
        November 26, 2016 at 8:05 am

        I’m a Filipino Joane. How about u?

        • Reply
          Joanne Skywalker
          November 27, 2016 at 6:23 am

          Hi Jhes, I’m from the PH too. Where did you study? As far as I know, this program is open for graduating students and alumni of UP, Ateneo and UST who took Spanish subjects in the university.

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    Chichi
    September 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Hi Joanne,
    One last question, where did you get your medical insurance? How long is it good for? I found an insurance for more than P20k valid for 10months only. I think that’s way too expensive!:(

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      November 25, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      I got my insurance from BlueCross. It was for 15 days only since we are provided with a medical insurance for the duration of the program.

  • Reply
    Maria
    September 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Hi Joanne! Thanks for the informative blog. Really helped me with the student visa application. I had my interview with the embassy last week Thursday and they did not give an exact date on when the results will be available. I am really worried because my classes started already 😮 haha How did they contact you when your visa is ready for pickup? 🙂

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    Vit
    November 6, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Hi. New to the post here. I’m rushing an application for spanish visa for january next year. just got a partial scholarship for a program that lasts 6months. I have 2 questions:
    1. is the medical insurance provider supposed to be obtained here in the phils. or in spain? can the accredited insurance providers such as pacific cross take care of my insurance needs for my whole stay in spain?
    2.my program takes exactly 6 months in duration. to prepare accommodations and stuff however, i wish to arrive earlier in spain. will that require me to submit a med certificate and nbi clearance too?

    I hope i also get approved like most of you here. i just plan to study in spain for a short while but come back to the phils. right after. thanks!

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      November 25, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Hello Vit! Sorry for the late response. You can look at the recommended insurance companies by VFS here: http://www.vfsglobal.com/spain/Philippines/Accredited_insurance_companies.html .I think they can cover you for the whole duration of your trip. Are you applying for a Long Term Visa? Then, you would need to submit a med certificate and NBI clearance.
      Good luck! See you in Spain!

      • Reply
        Vittoria Lou Mawis
        December 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm

        Hi Joanne! I’m happy to share that my visa has been approved. It wasn’t easy, I had a lot of difficulties especially with the medical certificate requirement. For future travelers, I would suggest calling DOH first before going through your medical exams to confirm your requirements. But thankfully that’s all in the past now, Yihee! Barcelona-bound by January next year 😀

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    Ninya
    November 28, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Hi.. I am planning to study in Spain but dont know how and where to start, I was trying to browse about student visa and it led me to this.. I must say that indeed this blog is really helpful especially for someone like me.. May I please ask anyone if you know any school or university that offers scholarship or low tuition for spanish language and what to do to get enrolled and much is the cost? There is an agency I asked that offer partial scholarship with €2000 tuition for 6months spanish course plus P150k agency fee and show money etc so I was thinking of doing it on my own instead.. Hope anyone could help or at least give me some tips.. Thanks Joanne and everyone in advance. Your reply is really appreciated.

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    Chichi
    November 29, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Hi Joanne! I haven’t thanked you yet. Your blog post helped me during my application so thank you for the information! You also inspired me to make my own website that i will publish soon to help others. I was denied a visa but I appealed and was able to get it a day before my flight!:) I am now in Barcelona doing my masters. Thanks again:)

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      January 15, 2017 at 11:26 pm

      Hi Chichi, I’m glad to be of help! I would love to see your website. Looking forward to your posts about Barcelona and the rest of your travels 🙂

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    shy
    December 16, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    hi joanne,

    I’d like to ask if you have any previous teaching experience or is certified to teach ESL or even a graduate of English or a teaching license before you applied for a job? Thanks any info would be great! 🙂

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      January 15, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      Hi Shy, I had had some teaching experience (online English teaching) before I applied but it’s not a requirement in the program. I don’t have any teaching license. I’m not a teacher per se, I’m a language and culture assistant. For more info about the program, you might want to check this out: http://www.anandalusianbitch.com/spain-bound-to-teach-english/

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    Masoom Lakdawala
    December 27, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    hi joanne,
    I wanted to ask you some questions regarding visa. I have already applied for Spanish visa in india. I have to go to spain for 6 months of studies. currently I have only 15 days left to leave for spain. I had applied for visa on 22nd of December and they have taken my passport for the procedure. I need my passport now for my international driving license and international debit card. I just wanted to know when will I get my passport.

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      January 15, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Hi Masoom, I’m sorry but I don’t have information about the visa application process in India. It’s likely that they have different procedures. Thanks for visiting my blog anyway.

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    Ana Krenshaw
    January 23, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    Hi there Joanne. I am in need of information. I’ll cut to the chase. I want to move to Spain and be a Citizen after 2 years of residency (according to spanish law for people from the Philippines). And my only way to do that is to study and try to live in Spain. Now my plan is to enroll in a Spanish Language Class for 2 years. I’ve seen websites where you can enroll to a spanish school for 2 years or more plus accomodation. I’ve found a cheap school named Escuela Delenguain located in Granada. Is this okay? Can I just enroll in a spanish school, try to accumulate a two year residency and then apply for citizenship? What will be the possible scenario if I was to apply a long term visa to the Spanish Consulate in Manila? How will I be valuated by the spanish consulate office? Do you think I will be given a student visa? And by the way I am a Real Madrid fan (Madridista). I’m a football fan in general, watching spain’s primera division, segunda division and the likes. And also I am planning to be an English Teacher in Spain by enrolling in a TEFL School and get a certificate for me to get a job anywhere if I can’t find any in Spain because of the news about unemployment rate. I’m a trader by the way, I trade on global stocks and that’s one of the things I can do in spain. I really want some help from you as I have been doing my research for weeks all by my own. Just researching on the internet. And is it true that the average cost of one kilo of rice in spain is just around P50-P60 (from eur to php). Does most apartments allow connection of internet and cable channel? I understand that spain is a more safer country than ph. How many percentage of chancedo I have to get a long term student visa when I apply to the Consulate? Given that I have enough money to cover my living expenses in a year or more. Can you help me with this Joanne? Your response is very much appreciated. Gracias.

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      January 24, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Hi Ana! It’s true that Filipinos can apply for citizenship after 2 years of residency in Spain. However, living here in a student visa doesn’t count as a residency as far as I know. That was kind of my situation a year ago but I applied for the Tarjeta Comunitaria (which allows me to legally work here) recently after me and my Spanish partner did “pareja de hecho”. Now, this counts as a residence card and not the student visa so I have to start counting these 2 years the day I received my Tarjeta comunitaria. Your plan sounds good but you need to know you can’t get the Spanish citizenship right away. There are options: A) You can do Pareja de Hecho (with an EU partner) B) get married to a Spaniard or EU Passport holder or C) ARRAIGO SOCIAL. You will be eligible for arraigo social after 3 years of living in Spain with a student visa and if you have a legal work contract or sufficient economic resources. You can check this site for more info: http://spainguru.es/2015/05/25/residency-type-understanding-arraigo-social-por-cuenta-ajena/

      Good luck on your application! Let me know if you have further questions.

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    Ana Krenshaw
    January 25, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Wow. This is very helpful Joanne. Okay, so I have to study in Spain for 3 years, holding a long term student visa with a Foreign Student Card and NIE? And then I can be a resident? I think I should apply this on the immigration office with paperworks and money, is that right? How long will that take me to get an official residency status? And after 2 years of living there through work or freelance, that’s the time I can then apply for citizenship with proficiency in espanol, history and culture, am I right? How long will it take me to get a citizenship prior to application? Overall how long will it take me to get a Spanish Passport if I studied there? Can I just enroll in any accredited school in Spain for the Consulate to accept and give me a long term student visa? What courses will they only allow? How about Spanish language courses? Or I really have to enroll in a 3 year course? And lastly, do you really have a limit of 180 days if you want to visit the Schengen Area on a student visa? Thank you for responding to my questions. It really helps a lot! Por favor, gracias.

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    Ana Krenshaw
    January 26, 2017 at 3:03 am

    I would like to clear some of what I said in my previous post. Okay, so if you were in Spain for 3 years studying, you can go to the process of Arraigo Social in getting a residency. Basically you have to be in spain for 5 years in order for you to go to citizenship. If your student visa is expired and you have to go through arraigo social, how will you deal with that, will the authorities question you or you just say to them that you want to live in Spain as a resident and you will go through arraigo social? Do you really have to have a job offer and contract for one year? What if you can sustain yourself by not working there, will the authorities allow you to live there without employment? I understand that you can work as a freelance and it’s a different kind of arraigo social, can I explain to the authorities that I will try to make a living in spain by trading online? Does that considered freelance or should I just get a tax ID and pay taxes on doing such business activity? And lastly, how long will I get a Spanish Passport if I applied for citizenship after 3 years of studying and 2 years of residing in spain? How long will I have to wait to for the application to be processed? Gracias Joanne.

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      February 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Hi Ana, sorry for the late response. Take note that you’re allowed to renew your student TIE card up to 90 days after the validity date. Within this period, you are still legally staying in Spain but you’re not allowed to travel to another Schengen country. You have 3 months to get your paperwork on Arraigo Social done. I don’t have any experience on this process nor do I know anyone who has done it so I can’t help on this department. The application processing time? Spain is notorious for its bureaucracy so it’s anybody’s guess, really. Haha. You’re gonna need a whole lotta patience here. Anyway, I wish you good luck!

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    Coelom
    January 31, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Hi Ana! I can comment on living here in Spain. Rice? I saw 10 kg of Jasmine rice here for €8. But I guess this depends on the area (I live in Barcelona by the way). My grocery for a week costs around €30. That’s really cheap considering my relatives in Paris spends €80. For transportation, it’s a little bit expensive here in Barcelona. A 3-month unlimited pass for 1 zone costs €140 for 2 zones €190. I live in zone 2, that’s why I have to get the latter. For apartments, you just have to ask around some Pinoys living here… they offer rooms with excessively low prices! For me, I just got student housing. I had a prepaid phone credits which costs €10 per month with 1.5 Gb data allowance and 100 mins of calls and 100 mins text.

    With regards to long-term visa application for students, self-funded students undergo stricter vetting process than scholarship-funded ones. For self-funded students, people say that you need to present fully-paid tuition fees with full-credits to Spanish embassy. This is on top of a bank statement to prove that you can live on your own. I’m not sure how much, but stories say over 1M++ pesos will do. Not to forget that you will have to pay for health insurance (which I have no idea how much!). Lucky for me, I had scholarship so application for visa was a breeze. You can apply for 1 year if your coursework requires you, but this, you will have to get when you arrive here. I don’t think embassies are authorized to give anyone 180++ stay within their respective countries.

    Now, with regards to citizenship process, I can’t comment, since I barely have an idea!

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    Jia
    April 26, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    Hey!
    Loving your blog and hope you’re having the best time!
    I’m currently applying for my long term visa and was wondering what did with your proof of accommodation? I’ll be getting an airbnb/hotel like you did and then getting an apartment once settled but how do I probe that? Is a couple of nights booked in the hotel enough or do they except the booking to last for your entire stay?

    Thanks, Jia

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      May 6, 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Hi Jia! I submitted only a booking confirmation from Airbnb for my 5-day stay before I moved into my apartment. That should be enough 🙂

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    Marisol
    May 12, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Joanne, I wanted to study culinary in barcelona found a school already. The course starts in Jan2017 ends in July2018 its a 7 mos course +3 mos internship. However, the course is taught in Spanish and unfortunately i don’t speak nor can understand the language..yet. So, i would have to attend spanish class in barcelona first before jumping into culinary course. i was thinking 6 mos intensive spanish course will do. i also found a good school speakeasy bcn. I enrolled already, my class will start in July2017 and ends in Jan2018. The BIG question is. is it possible to get 1 visa for 2 different courses and schools? saves me from coming home to process another visa application then fly back to barcelona. Also, do you know any accredited spanish translators here in the Philippines where i could send my documents for translation? (All documents presented must be translated by a recognized Spanish translator (traductor jurado) accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs). Looking forward to your reply. Thanks, Marisol. 😉

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      May 20, 2017 at 5:57 am

      Hi Marisol! If you apply for a long term visa, it’s going to be valid for three months only. After that, you have to apply for a TIE ( Foreign Residency Card – for students). You will have to do this if your course lasts 6 months. You can renew the card after it expires if you don’t want to come back to the Philippines to apply for another visa. As for your translator question, I don’t know anybody… we didn’t have to get our docs translated in our program.

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    Nicai Cervantes
    May 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Joanne! I’ve been accepted into the BEDA program (similar to the Auxiliar program). I have a few questions since this will be the first long-term visa I’m applying for:

    1. For your flights, do you need to book return tickets? I’ve found that long-term return flights (i.e. booked this year, return flight next year) tend to cost way more.

    2. For your travel insurance, does it need to cover your whole stay (10-12 months) or just a few months as in the BEDA program, we will have medical insurance as part of our package.

    3. We’ll be enrolled into a university for a teaching course but we will have more hours spent teaching and earning. Do you reckon I would still need to show a certain amount of money in my philippine bank accounts?

    Looking forward to your responses. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      May 20, 2017 at 6:07 am

      Hi Nicai! Congrats and welcome to Spain (soon)!
      1. I didn’t book return tickets. I asked our adviser and he told us it wasn’t necessary.
      2. The auxiliar program covers our medical insurance from Oct 1-May 31/June 30. I arrived in Spain on the 15th of September so I bought travel insurance for 15 – 30 September only (just 2 weeks).
      3. I suppose you don’t need a lot of money in your bank since I’m assuming you have a letter or contract that says how much you’re going to earn monthly. To give you an idea, one friend of mine only had 50 K pesos in her bank certificate and she was granted the visa.

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    Terence Pua
    May 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Joanne, thanks for writing this.

    Going through the same process (non-lucrative visa) and have questions about translations. Do I need to translate all the following docs to Spanish?

    + letter explaining why moving to Spain
    + marriage contract
    + birth certificate
    + nbi clearance
    + medical certificate
    + philippine passport certified true copy letter

    I understand that financial docs (bank statements, etc.), forms and health insurance are not required for translation.

    Salamat!

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      May 26, 2017 at 9:19 pm

      Hi Terence! I didn’t have my documents translated. I applied for a long term visa (for studies under the Spanish Ministry of Education) and our adviser told us it wasn’t required in our case. Better check with your program if you’re doing one or contact the Spanish Consulate 🙂

      • Reply
        Terence Pua
        May 26, 2017 at 10:53 pm

        Joanne, thanks 🙂

        Do you know of any other clinic besides Good Health for the medical certificate? Apparently, Good Health is now out of business.

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    Ina
    June 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Hi Joanne! Thank you so much for this and for religously answering the questions! I got in the Auxiliar program as well. I haven’t even started and I know I might be able to know more information along my stay but I would also like to take masters there. I really hope you could blog about your experience soon! I’m most curious about application, tuition, language certificate requirements, and how are you juggling it with being an auxiliar budget and time wise.

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      June 26, 2017 at 4:25 am

      Hi Ina, first of all, congratulations! Regarding the masters, I decided to do it after my first year as an auxiliar. I looked for an MA program that 1. specializes in translation 2. can be done part-time 3. not too expensive 4. doesn’t need an official language proficiency certification 5. can be done online. I found one that fulfills all my conditions. I applied in September and they gave me until December to submit all documents (certified, authenticated and legalized diploma and TOR). Since I was doing the program part-time, it wasn’t too hard to juggle with being an auxiliar. I read my modules during recess and I did my papers on weekends. It was 2000 eur in total and I have to pay 500 eur every quarter. I hope I answered all your questions. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have more questions! 🙂

  • Reply
    Marisol
    July 19, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Chichi! I also applied for a student visa but like you it was refused. I would like to make an appeal. How can i do it? Thanks, Marisol

    • Reply
      Chichi
      July 20, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      Hi Marisol! sorry for late reply. you can email me at ciana_11@yahoo.com and if you can give me the general info of what you have submitted and the result, let’s see what we can do.

      • Reply
        Marisol
        July 20, 2017 at 8:29 pm

        Thank Chichi..kindly check your inbox. Thanks, Marisol.

        • Reply
          Chichi
          July 20, 2017 at 8:43 pm

          u sure u sent it already? still hasn’t received anything yet.

          • Marisol
            July 20, 2017 at 10:34 pm

            Yes maybe it was still sending..kindly check it when u have time.. thanks.

          • hector
            November 21, 2017 at 12:56 am

            Hello girls… as you both my gf visa was denied. Do you have any tips for the appealment? Anything would be really appreciated.

          • Chichi
            November 21, 2017 at 7:36 am

            Hi Hector, Sorry to hear about your gf.

            You may just check my blog about it. You can find the answer to your question in the FAQ section.
            http://www.bringmetounknown.com/how-to-apply-for-long-term-student-visa-to-spain-in-manila.html

            Goodluck in your next application! If you can send me the details on the Contact Me, I’ll try to look at it and I’ll tell you what I think and I’ll try to see what I can do to help you with the appeal.

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    hector
    August 2, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Hello everybody,

    Does anyone know how many months of bank movement are needed to present in the embassy for the student visa? It would be for my gf (I´m spanish) and she would go to Spain to study the language. Also, I have been helping her with the show off money into his bank account, has anybody been in the same case than us and have gotten the student visa? She would go for 4months and she has around 300k. With this all info, do you think she would be able to make it?

    Thanks everybody for the answers.

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      Joanne Skywalker
      August 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Hi Hector, I only presented a bank certificate (not a bank statement with transaction history) on my visa application. I don’t think it’s necessary but don’t take my word for it. I can’t tell you for sure if she’s going to be granted with a visa but what you can do is make sure that you present all requirements and anything that will prove that she’s financially capable to travel.

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      Enya
      November 19, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Hi Hector, How did this one go? Was your girlfriend approved?

      • Reply
        hector
        November 21, 2017 at 12:53 am

        Hi, unfortunately the visa was Denied. We will do the appealment but we really don´t know how to do it or what other papers can she present… we are desolated.

        • Reply
          Gerry
          November 21, 2017 at 1:29 am

          I think if you mention something that deviates from the real purpose of going there will be denied a visa. Like for example visiting a boyfriend or girlfriend even when your purpose is to study or for tourism.

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    hector
    August 22, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Hi joanne,

    Thanks for your reply and your advise. Hopefully she will be granted. I would like to know if there were any other case (or yours) where someone received financial help outside the parents and got an student visa. Anyway I will try to keep allf of you updated if not we the results.

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      August 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Hector, I didn’t ask for financial help from anyone but my boyfriend who was living in Spain at that time got a carta de invitación for me. It wasn’t really necessary (since my friends who didn’t have the invitation letter were granted student visas as well) but we just wanted to make sure.

      • Reply
        hector
        August 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm

        Hi, Thanks for your tips, as per embassy advice we have gotten an “acta de notificaciones” that is similar to de carta de invitación but done with an attorney. Hopefully she will get the visa. just scare about the show off money since i helped her.

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    Meriam Barcelona
    September 8, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    how many days will they inform the visa applicant to get the result whether it is approved or not? i hope somebody will reply…thanks

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      September 8, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      It depends, mine took 7 business days.

      • Reply
        Meriam Barcelona
        September 8, 2017 at 9:05 pm

        Hi Joanne, thank you for the reply.. I am also applying for a long term student visa and my class will start on October 2. I was instructed by the consular officer during my visa interview to email them at con.manila@maec.es to follow up the status of my application. I sent them an email after two days but they have not yet replied.. I was expecting at least an autoresponder reply as a confirmation that my email was received by them but I didn’t received one until now. Well, maybe I just have to be patient and hope for the best.

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    Rei J
    October 27, 2017 at 5:56 am

    Hi Joanne and others,

    I have a question. I’ve already enrolled and it is a 6-month course. I’m just wondering if I wont be able to get a job(hope not), then should I enroll again so that I can stay longer in Spain? I haven’t applied my visa yet but school starts in Jan 2018.
    Thanks in advance.

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      Peter
      November 9, 2017 at 1:45 am

      Hello Rei,

      If i´m not mistaken, you mean that you will go to study to Spain and try to search for a job in the meantime? If you cannot find a Job within the 6 months visa then yes, you should start with all the process again, but for the visa you don´t need to do it in the philipines. You can do it already from Spain, but the process to request the visa is the same than here (all documentation and show off money), and i think you should start to do it like 2-3 months before your visa ends. BTW, you should get a resident card since you are going to be 6months. Anyway i suggest you to check for it better cuz i don´t remember all of the info and process needed and im maybe wrong.

      Good luck!

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      November 10, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      Hi Rei,

      Once you get to Spain with your long-term visa, you can apply for a TIE (in your case, student TIE) to replace the visa. If you’re planning to look for work after that, first, you have to look for an employer who’s willing to go out of their way to process your work permit. It depends on what kind of work you want to apply for but based on experience, it’s not that easy to find. If you can’t find an employer in 6 months, you can keep on enrolling and renewing your TIE.

  • Reply
    Peter
    November 9, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Hello,

    Did anyone has to give the biometric fingerprints when appying for student visa? I read some where that yes, but i cannot find it now and would like second opinion.

    • Reply
      Chichi
      November 9, 2017 at 2:02 am

      you do it once you’re already in spain – after getting a visa.

      • Reply
        Peter
        November 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm

        ohhh coool, cuz some people that did a petition to go to Spain in the consulate were requiered for the biometric, so i was worried. thanks for the info Chichi! 🙂

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      November 10, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Hi Peter,

      Like Chichi said, the biometrics part is done here in Spain, when you apply for your TIE (tarjeta de identidad de extranjero).

  • Reply
    Gerry
    November 14, 2017 at 3:42 am

    Hi Joanne, Id like to know if you had your documents translated in Spanish because it is the requirement. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Joanne Skywalker
      December 6, 2017 at 2:33 am

      Hi Gerry, I didn’t have them translated. This might be applicable to the Auxiliares program.

  • Reply
    Jeremy
    December 8, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Regarding translations: I previously applied for a study visa in 2015. As I cannot find any sworn translators locally, I decided to just proceed with my application without them. Fortunately, the consular officer did not ask for the translated documents. Then just last month, I emailed the consulate to ask whether the translation was really necessary as I needed to apply for a work visa. They said yes, although to be honest, I don’t think they’re that strict on that policy. Anyway, I decided not to push my luck this time since my work visa was on the line and I got my documents translated. I found a sworn translator here (referred by some other people who wrote comments above) but she charges 2,600 per page which is quite expensive (I needed 4 pages to be translated). I know a translator from Spain and I decided to ask her to do the translations instead. She just charged me €50 for four pages (around 3K pesos) and I spent €25 for shipping since I needed it urgently but it could cost as little as €8 via certified mail (8 to 10 working days). I hope this helps.

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