Hey there! This blog post is about the requirements I submitted for my longterm student visa application.
I know it’s been a while since I last posted. I had been terribly busy teaching English online that whenever I get some free time I take a walk or just do… nothing.
My appointment for the long-stay Spanish student visa application is already done and dusted. How was it? Well, to be honest, I prepared for that moment for over a year now, so I felt ready. I was, however, taken aback by some of the questions asked when my name was called. Yes, you read that right: during the visa appointment, you don’t just submit your papers. They also ask you a few questions.
So, did I get it?
The answer is…
A RESOUNDING Y E S !!!
I am now about to embark on a new chapter of my life in Spain after my visa approval!
Now, onto the topic of this post. Like I said, I had been preparing for this for a year that it’s what I dream about sometimes. No joke. I had also helped other applicants, and so far, all of the visa applications have been approved. Yay!
Okay, so, here are the requirements I submitted for my longterm student visa application. Before I go on, though, keep in mind the following premises:
- I am a Filipino applicant to the Auxiliares de Conversación program offered by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (Ministry/Ministerio for short). In other words, I am from the Philippines, living in the Philippines, holding a Philippine passport.
- The requirements for auxiliares under the Ministry are not as exhaustive as the other student visas and other programs (like BEDA). For example, we don’t need to get a health insurance anymore, because that is included in our program. We also do not need to translate our documents to Spanish.
- It is my first time to apply for a visa on my own. As in, any kind of visa, without a sponsor. My first visa application for the UAE was lodged by my brother on my behalf (more on that later, maybe).
- I have been placed in a high school (secundaria) in Madrid.
- I am applying without any sponsor, meaning I would be supporting myself with the allowance from the Ministry (because I’m a strong, independent woman who don’t need no sponsor *snap!*).
- In some items I will post my documents, and in others, I will post photos that I found on the Internet, with proper credits. This is for privacy and security reasons, because, you know, Internet. Thanks, Amor Mío, for the reminder.
So! Here we go! Here are the requirements I submitted.
- You need to download the form with 5 pages. The other one with 4 pages is the old version.
- Fill this out, then paste your passport-size photo
- Make 2 photocopies of all the pages. The Consulate will return two copies to you, which you will then need to bring to claim your passport.
- Your current passport’s expiration date must be at least 3 months after the last month of the school year of the region of your placement. For example, if your school year ends in June 2020, then your passport should be valid at least until September 2020.
- Photocopy the data page of your current and previous passports.
- Photocopy all the pages with visas and stamps.
- They will return your previous passports. They will keep your current passport because this is where they will paste your visa.
- There is no need to have your photocopies authenticated/apostilled.
- My proof of economic means were: bank certificate, passbook, statement of account, and ITR.
- I presented my personal checking account which I opened in April 2018.
- My bank could only provide 3 months’ worth of transaction information, so I included my passbook, too.
- The ITR I had was the Annual ITR (BIR Form 1700), so it was my ITR for 2018.
- I requested for the bank certification and bank statement 3 working days before my visa appointment.
- Your bank certification and bank statement should not be older than 2 weeks leading up to your visa appointment.
- Provide one photocopy of the bank certificate, passbook’s pages with records, statement of account, and each page of your ITR.
- There is no need to authenticate or apostille your financial documents.
- The Apostille replaced the Red Ribbon (not the cake brand!), but it is still called Authentication in DFA.
- My medical documents included 1) the apostille from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), 2) Department of Health (DOH) Certificate of Accreditation, 3) Medical Certificate from the clinic where I had my medical exam, and 4) the pages of the lab and test results.
- Photocopy all of the pages before you go to the DFA for the apostille. I cannot stress enough how much you need to photocopy before your apostille trip.
- Photocopy the apostille page, too.
- Of course, keep your personal copy. You don’t need it here.
- Photocopy your NBI Clearance.
- Photocopy the apostille page, too.
- They will return the original to you because you will need to bring this to Spain.
- Make sure you have this document before coming to your appointment. If you don’t have it yet and your appointment is in a few days, cancel your appointment. I heard one story of an incoming auxiliar whose application was denied because he didn’t have this basic requirement with him on the day of his appointment. He appealed when he got the carta, though, and his appeal was approved.
- Photocopy your carta.
- There is no need for the carta to be authenticated or apostilled.
- If you are an undergrad, you will submit your transcript of records in lieu.
- You can also submit both, if you want.
- Photocopy this, too. And every page of your transcript of records.
- There is no need to have your diploma apostilled.
Don’t worry, they will return the following to you right before you leave the Consulate:
- Photocopies of the Application for National Visa, with the receipt of the amount you paid
- Previous passport
- Proof of economic means
- Medical documents
- NBI Clearance
- Carta de Nombramiento
- University Diploma
Why will they take your Current Passport, you ask? It’s because that’s where they will paste your visa (if you had been granted it, that is).
As mentioned above, they will return the photocopies of your Application for National Visa, with the receipt of your payment stapled to it. YOU MUST BRING THIS WITH YOU THE DAY YOU’LL PICK UP YOUR PASSPORT. If you don’t have it, then, sorry– you will have to come back another time with it.
Applying for a visa, any visa, is a nerve-racking experience. I was pretty confident of the process and timelines of the long stay Spanish student visa application by now, but I was stressing out a lot the first week after my appointment. I had not received any email from the Consulate then. They said we’d hear from them in one to two weeks. Then some people started sharing stories of applicants being denied their visas. Ugh.
But I survived. Those two weeks of waiting were the longest of my life by far. But in order to calm your nerves, here are some more tips:
1. Be Prepared!
Remember what you wrote and what are written in your documents. The officers at the Consulate might ask you questions that are written in your documents, just to confirm or to test you. They do write down what you answer to their questions.
Also, be prepared to wait during your appointment. The wait time can take anytime between an hour to two, and your moment with the officer will only take about 5 minutes, depending on how many questions he or she will ask you.
2. Photocopy ALL of your documents!
I cannot stress this enough. Every original document that you will submit must have its corresponding photocopy. There were applicants who were reprimanded (yes, you read it right) by the officer for not photocopying their documents.
Guys, this is a basic requirement that is written on the Consulate’s website. If you’re unable to bring photocopies, there’s a photocopying service inside the building, but every page costs ₱5.
Also, remember to photocopy your documents before getting them apostilled. And photocopy the apostille pages, too!
There you have it!
I hope that this post has helped you feel more prepared in time for your appointment, or, if you’re joining next year, that this post gave you a clearer picture of what’s ahead. I hope this post, “Requirements I Submitted for My Longterm Student Visa Application” helped you a lot! CM
Do you have any more questions? Post them on the comments section below!