Please note that, due to COVID-19, student visa requirements and procedures are constantly changing. We are doing our best to keep our information up to date, but students are asked to confirm all information via the Consulate website.
In accordance with Spanish law students studying in Spain for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Spanish/EU citizenship are exempted. It is not necessary for US students studying for 90 days or less to obtain a visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist all students in getting ready for their appointment, and we provide simple step-by-step instructions for the application process to students after they are accepted.
If you need to apply for a new passport or renew a passport set to expire within 3 months of your program end date, please plan accordingly.
Currently, US passport processing can take up to 4-6 months according to the US Passport Agency. SAI highly encourages expedited passport processing to ensure your new passport is received 3 months prior to your program start date if your program requires a student visa. If your program does not require a visa please ensure you receive your passport at least 1 month prior to your program start .
Most students must appear in person at their Spanish Consulate to present their student visa application. Your specific Consulate is determined by the location of either your permanent address or your address while at school. Your nearest Spanish Consulate may be in a neighboring state, which might necessitate air travel. Please plan and budget accordingly.
Please note: the New York and Chicago Consulates will only accept visa applications for students whose school address (not permanent) is within their jurisdiction.
- Those whose permanent address is within the NY or Chicago jurisdiction, but whose school address is not, must obtain their visa through the Consulate of their school address.
SAI Visa Processing (Miami and Houston Consulates)
With SAI visa processing, there is no need to appear at the Consulate, just send all documents to SAI by the deadline below and we’ll handle the rest!
Spring 2022 Term: October 25, 2021
For visa-related questions please contact our Student Visa Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.