A Spanish Student Visa is one of the most important identity documents when you are staying in
Spain. It allows you to study, be an exchange student or have the opportunity to work for more than 3
months in Spain. For further information, students can check out the Spanish government's website:
⟶ Students from EU countries and Swiss citizens can enter Spain without a visa.
⟶ If you are non EU student, after receiving the acceptance letter of your master's or
undergraduate degree, you can begin to process your student visa in your home country.
Please note that obtaining your student visa is your responsibility and that it usually takes a long time (2 or 3 months) to process your visa, so it is advisable to start the process
as soon as possible. There are two types of student visas:
A course (bachelor, master or postgraduate) of less than 6 months
Your consulate or embassy in Spain will issue you a student visa with the remark "ESTUDIOS TOTAL
180 DÍAS". After 180 days, you will be able to extend this visa from Spain. In order to renew your stay
permit, you will have to fulfil the same requirements as for the renewal of the NIE and also provide
the background certificate.
A course lasting more than 6 months:
Students must obtain a 90-day student visa (type D visa). It is valid for three months to enter the
Schengen Area. Once you have entered the Spanish territory you have to obtain the Student
Residence Card for Foreigners (TIE) to legally stay in Spain. The TIE includes a number, called NIE
(Foreigner Identity Number). The NIE you will have in Spain may already be printed on the visa you
About the TIE
The TIE is a temporary permit that allows you to stay in Spain for the duration of your studies at ESDi.
The card is valid for a maximum of one academic year and can be renewed annually until you finish
Your academic performance will be taken into account for the renewal of the permit. The TIE gives you the
right to stay legally in Spain while you study. All non-EU students will have a maximum of 30 days
after entering the European Union to begin the application process for the Student Residence Card
To do this, you will need to present your airline ticket (boarding ticket) or the stamp in your passport
showing the date of entry into the European Union. You can apply for a visa through your
nearest Spanish Embassy or Consulate.
Extension of stay and visa
Visa Renewal Process
If you plan to stay in Spain beyond the expiry date of your NIE, you will need to renew it. Please
note that you will only be able to renew it while you are a student (at this school or
another school, as long as you can justify it with an official certificate). You will have to renew your
NIE only if it expires before the end of your master's or undergraduate degree.
Students can start the visa renewal process 60 days before and 90 days after the expiry date.
A late renewal application is punishable by up to 500€.
The NIE renewal is a long process and takes place in different phases. For
more information, check the Spanish government's website for reference.
How to apply for a student visa & residence card in Spain
After receiving the admission letter to your master's degree or undergraduate degree, you can start
processing your student visa in your home country. Please note that obtaining your student visa is
your responsibility and that it usually takes a long time (2 or 3 months) to process your visa, so it is
advisable to start the process as soon as possible.
The cost of your student visa for Spain varies depending on the type of visa and your home country.
Students can contact the Spanish Embassy in their country for more information about the
cost, process & deadlines.
Although the documentation required may vary depending on your case, the documents required for a student visa are:
⟶ 2 completed Schengen Visa application forms.
⟶ Passport (valid until the end of your stay).
⟶ ID Card (could be driving licence or national ID card, if applicable).
⟶ Current student ID card.
⟶ 2 recent passport photos (one for each application form).
⟶ Letter of acceptance from the course provider.
⟶ Health insurance.
⟶ Proof of sufficient funds to cover the stay (bank statements).
As mentioned in the visa Information, it is necessary to apply for a student residence permit within
30 days of entry into Spain (the TIE), if you are planning to stay in Spain for more than six months.
Students can apply for it at their local Foreigners Office (Oficina de Extranjeros) or police station.
You will need to prepare the following documents:
⟶ Passport or national ID valid for at least six months.
⟶ Completed application form (EX 17, or EX 18, students can download it from the internet).
⟶ Photocopy of the passport stamp certifying entry into Spain.
⟶ Acceptance documentation from the educational institution confirming the course.
⟶ Three recent passport photos.
⟶ Letter of residency or census registration (empadronamiento), which is confirmation that you
live in Spain. You can get this from the Oficinas de Atención al Ciudadano (OAC) if you and
your landlord present your passport, your Spanish rental contract or utility bill, or
via online via this link:
2. Fill in the details below to book your appointment.
3. Print the appointment confirmation with the location, date and time. Students can also use
App Cita previa Android to get the appointment.
The NIE card is valid for one year. You can renew it every year for five years as long as you are still
Work in Spain with a student visa
With the Spanish student visa, students can work part-time or in a temporary position followed by the
course duration. Students can work up to 20 hours a week without interfering with the student's
academic calendar. Please note that if you have come to Barcelona for a 6-month post-graduate
and therefore have a 180-day visa, you will not be able to work in Spain.
Important documents if you are working in paid employment:
If students are working in paid employment or have obtained an employment contract, they must have
Spanish Social Security (Seguridad Social).
We advise you to read carefully the information from the Ministry of Employment about the requirements,
the required documentation and the procedure.
Job Seeking Visa
Since 2018, the Spanish government has offered a Job Seeking visa or an Employment Seeking residence
permit. It is a type of visa that allows you to stay in Spain for an extra year to look for a job
that is appropriate to a student study's programme or to open their own business in Spain.
It is a non-profit residence permit. Students need to change from Job Seeking permit to Work permit once they find a job in Spain.
Application period: students must apply for the visa process between 60 days before and 90 days
after the expiry date.
⟶ Form EX01.
⟶ Receipt of payment of tax 790/052 (Option 2.1).
⟶ Diploma of higher education (or, in case the hard copy is missing, the substitute option
given to the student).
⟶ Health insurance.
⟶ Proof the financial situation.
Where to apply:
The student has to apply online via this link rec/redsara.es with the digital signature that can be
obtained from this website: