Consulate of Spain Los Angeles Jurisdiction
- Counties and cities that the General Consulate of Spain in Los Angeles covers include the Southern California (Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties), Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.
Step 2 – Documents and Requirements
- Please see the required documents for each visa type.
Documents Required for Tourist Visa up to 90 days
- • Spanish Visa application form that can be filled online and should be printed and signed.
• One 2x2 inch color passport-type photograph.
• A valid passport that has a minimum of three months of validity beyond the expected date of travel and should be no older than ten years. Your passport should have a minimum of two blank pages.
• Identification documents that show whether you are a resident of Los Angeles or San Francisco. It does not include the B1/B2 visas that you might have. You can show your Alien registration card, your driving license that shows current address, student ID or I-20 visas, voter registration cards, or utility bills paid by you.
• Airline reservation tickets that show the arrival and departure dates, your first point of arrival, your expected days of stay, and your flight details.
• A Travel Insurance is mandatory for all applicants and visitors traveling to any of the Schengen zone countries. It should cover for your medical and hospital emergencies, and returns of your possessions with a minimum coverage of 30,000 Euros.
• A formal letter of employment from your employer if you are employed. It should be presented on official letterhead, include the time of employment, amount of salary, your current position, your past three month payslips and reason for temporary leave.
• If you are self-employed, you should present your current tax returns, utility bill payments, your letter of incorporation and in certain cases, the Consulate might seek “Good Standing Certificate” issued by the Secretary of State.
• Proof of financial means that includes your bank statements signed and stamped by the bank. It should highlight that you have sufficient funds to cover for your expenses while traveling to Spain, or beyond to different Schengen counties. You should have a minimum of 90 Euros per day, and a minimum of 810 Euros for your extensions.
• Your credit card statement if you wish to pay from your credit card for expenses.
• Hotel and lodging reservations that show your accommodation address, phone number, and area during your stay in the Schengen zone.
• If you wish to stay with a friend or family members, they should provide you with an official Letter of Invitation issued by the Local Police Department of the Schengen territory they live in.
• If you are visiting with a cruise or tour, you should provide a detailed itinerary of cities and places to visit, including accommodation.
• Individuals traveling under the age of 18 require a notarized authorization letter from their parents or guardian.
• Pay the applicable visa fee in the form of cash or money order presented in the name of "Consulate General of Spain Los Angeles" or the "Consulate General of Spain San Francisco" as applicable.
• A Disclaimer signed by you that highlights the Consulate of Spain and the Spanish Foreign Ministry is not responsible for damages and loss of documents during custody or transport.
Documents Required for Student Visas
- • An official Letter of Admission from the University or School you will be attending in Spain. The Spanish University or College should highlight the type of program, time of completion, attendance criteria, and actual costs.
• If you are an exchange student, you should provide for an Official letter of Admission from the American School or University authorizing your travel and exchange program in Spain.
• You should provide for 3 latest bank statements, signed by the bank showing your name on them. If you are a minor or aged below 18, your parent or guardian bank statements should be provided, and authorized to be used by you.
• Original letter of financial grants, aids, and scholarships that confirm the costs of study and aid during the time of stay.
• You should have proof of sufficient funds before applying for a long stay student visa that lasts more than 180 days or above 90 days. The monthly costs may include a minimum of 537.84 Euros. It doesn’t include the tuition costs that should be accounted for separately.
• A Proof of health or medical insurance from a company authorized to operate in Spain. Travel health insurance is not acceptable.
• Medical certificates both original and photocopies from an M.D. or D.O signed and presented on official letterhead.
• A certificate of Absence of Police Records, for applicants aged 18 and above. Valid for 90 days after issuance. The background check can be done by The U.S. Justice Department- FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation and should be legalized with the "Apostille of The Hague" by the Secretary of State in Washington D.C.
• Applicants aged below 18 should have a notarized authorization letter from the parents, the host family with the declaration of adoption or guardian status.
All documents should be translated by a Sworn Spanish Translator who is certified by the government of Spain of the Certificate of "Absence of police Records" and of the Apostille. Translation of first and last pages are important. A translation is not needed if the documents provide for both English and Spanish matter in the same document. It is an important requirement and shouldn’t be missed. It can take 2 to 4 weeks to process a student visa.
Documents Required for Business Visas
- Spain is one of Europe’s most important economies and provides for excellent business opportunities to the international business community. Before you apply for a business visit visa, please confirm your jurisdiction before applying and provide for the above-mentioned documents, and a business visa fee. It can take 1-6 weeks for processing of visa. However, the consulate will require you to provide extra documents that include:
• Detailed address and the invitation letter from the Spanish company you will be visiting.
• Employer Approval letter allowing and endorsing your business travel.
• Business bank account statements for the past six months.
• Previous trading or travel history between the companies.
• The original copies of the Memorandum and Article of Association, Trade licenses, tax returns, and any Proprietorship/Partnership documents.
• A letter stating who will cover the expenses of employees and executives visiting Spain.
Visa Processing Times
These statistics indicate the estimated length of time that the consulate will hold onto your passport while your visa application processes. Favisbook makes no guarantees that your visa will be approved on time for your travels. It is important to schedule your appointment far enough in advance to give enough time for your visa application to process.
|Short Stay Visas (< 90 days):
||2-15 calendar days
|Long Stay Visas (> 90 days):