To be able to
remain legally in Spain you will need to obtain a student residence card (NIE)
This document allows you to live in Spain during your period of study, and also
allows you to travel throughout the European Union and in countries that have
signed agreements with Spain
or the European Union for the free movement of persons.
Who must apply for the card?
Anyone who wishes to study in Spain and is not a national of any European Union
country (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden) or the
United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, and wishes to
stay six months or more.
You should apply for a student visa (type D). Other visas do not
allow you to apply for a student card.Once in Spain,
you should visit the police station within 30 days of arrival to
apply for your student residence card.
If the period of your studies in Barcelona is of 6 moths or less, the Spanish Embassy or Consulate might process a Student Visa with the comment "TOTAL STUDIES 180 DAYS". This type of Visa can be extended and you don't have to go back to your country to obtain a new Visa.
You must apply in the Foreigners Office of the region where the centre of studies is located and you must meet the requirements stablished for the normal students NIE extension, with the difference that you will also need proof of the absence of a criminal record in countries of residence over the past 5 years, legalized and translated to Spanish or Catalan
Information for non-EU students admitted in another Member State of the European Union and who will take part in an exchange or complete their studies in Spain.
Non-EU students who have been admitted to study or extend their studies in another Member State of the European Union may seek to pursue or complete part of their studies in Spain, and are - since a change in Immigration Law from June 30th, 2011 on - exempted from the obligation to obtain a Spanish visa for their studies.
Instead of a visa, the student has to apply for a Student Residence Permit, either before the entry into Spain in the Spanish Consular Office where the student currently resides, or after entering Spain, within the period of one month after the entry, apply for it in the Foreigner's Office in Barcelona. The documents have to be presented personally by the student.
Important: All foreign official documents must be previously legalized and, if necessary, must be translated into Spanish or official language of the territory where the application is submitted.
For more information, see the Official Information of the ministry (in Spanish).
If you are a citizen of a European Union country (Austria, Belgium,
Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,
the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden) or of the
United Kingdom, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland,
you are entitled to free movement and residence in Spain.
Notwithstanding the above, all European Union citizens wishing to
reside in Spain for a period of time exceeding three months must
register at the Central Registry Office for Foreigners in order to be
issued a Number Identification as a Foreigner (NIE) .
European Health Insurance Card or private insurance policy that covers all risks in Spain during the study period (original and copy). In case that the policy has been contracted in their coountry, must also provide the traslation.
Statement of Financial Resources that the student has sufficient economic funds during their stay in Spain (Example). Participation in study exchange programs of the European Union is accreditation enough to justify economic funds.
To obtain this certificate, applicants need must apply in person at the Central Registry Office
for Foreigners at any of the National Police offices listed in the table below:
In accordance with the Agreement
between Spain, France and Andorra on the entrance, free movement, residence
and settlement of nationals between these countries as drawn up ad referendum in Brussels, December 4, 2002, and as recorded in Spain’s official state gazette
Oficial del Estado,
number 153 of June 27, 2003:
All those Andorran citizens wishing to study in Spain shall require a permit for
their period of stay as students and shall be bound by such regulations as are
applicable to foreign nationals in Spain.
This permit shall be valid for a period of one year and may be renewed, should
applicants continue their course of study, for a period of one year.
You should come to our office before it expires. You can renew your card up to 60 days before the expiry date.
The new Spanish legislation affecting international students (Organic Law 2/2009, 11 December) stipulates that fees must be paid when an application is made for the authorization of an extension, modification or renewal to a visa covering your legal status in Spain. This means that you will need to pay this fee before you submit an application for the renewal of your card and bring the receipt of payment of that fee with the other papers that we ask you to present . Note that it will not be possible for us to accept your application until you have done this. How do I pay?
First, go the page: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/tasasPDF/prepareTasa?idTasa=052&idModelo=790&idProvincia=08
Mark Box 1.3 in the section Prórroga de autorización de estancia por estudios.
The figure for the fee to be paid will appear automatically (16.98 €).
When you've filled in all the documents, click on the command obtener documento. This will generate a pdf document which you can print and take to any bank to make the payment .
You have to submit the fee form to our office at the time when you apply for the renewal of your card.
If you have to leave the country and your card has expired or is being
renewed, you can apply for authorization to be able to re-enter the
country. This authorization allows you to leave and re-enter the
country within 90 days. You can apply for this authorization directly
at the Police Station.
The new legislation relating to foreigners means that
foreign students or researchers who have had a student residence card for at
least three years and who have not received any scholarships nor subsidies from
any public or private organizations as part of cooperation or development
agreements in their home country may now exchange their student residence permit
for a full residence and work permit. The application for this exchange can be
submitted during the three months previous to the expiry date of the study
permit at any Social Security or Generalitat de Catalunya registry office.