To be able to remain legally in Spain you will need to obtain a legal permit to stay as a student (TIE)
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 legal permit to stay as a student?
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.
How can I obtain the card?
There are two ways:
1. From your country of origin or place of legal residence:
When you apply, it is very important to choose the study visa type D. Any other type of visa will not allow you to obtain a student card (TIE). Once you arrive in Spain, you must visit the police station within 30 days to apply for your student card (TIE).
If your studies in Barcelona will be for a duration of 6 months or less, it is possible that the Spanish embassy will issue a study visa with the following observation " TOTAL STUDIES 180 DAYS". This type of visa can be extended without having to return to your country of origin to apply for another visa.
Applications for extension should be made at the Immigration Office (Passeig Sant Joan, 189, Table 7 - 08037 Barcelona) if you are studying in Barcelona, no appointment needed. In addition to meeting the standard requirements for student renewal, you will also have to present criminal records checks from the countries in which you have been living in the last 5 years. These documents must be legalized and translated into Spanish or Catalan.
If you are already in Spain as a legitimate visitor (as a tourist, for example), you can apply for a study permit (Autorización de estancia por estudios) without having to first obtain a separate visa. This application must be made at least one month before the expiration date of the current authorization permitting you to stay in Spain.
- at the General Registry of the Government Delegation in Catalonia:
Bergara Street, 12
Visiting hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m.- 5.30 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Summer hours: (June 16 - September 15) Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.,
Saturdays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- at the Auxiliary Register No. 1 of the Government Sub-delegation in Barcelona:
Mallorca Street, 278
Visiting hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
- at a Post Office (Correos), in an unsealed envelope addressed to the Immigration Office in Barcelona (Bergara Street, 12 Barcelona)..
NOTE: With regard to any of these procedures, the University of Barcelona's Office of Mobility and International Programs (OMPI) can provide information, advice and assistance with the presentation of documents. Nevertheless, it cannot send applications or documents to the Immigration Office; these must be submitted directly by the student using one of the means described above.
Once you study permit has been granted, you must apply for a student card (TIE) at the Police Station.
There are two ways:
1. For foreign students admitted to another EU Member State who will finish or complete part of their studies in Spain:
Non-EU students who are accepted to do all or part of their studies in another European country, may apply to continue their studies in Spain. In this case, you are not required to obtain a visa.
You must apply for a study permit (Autorización de estancia por estudios), either before coming to Spain at the Spanish Consular Office in your place of legal residence, or after entry into Spain at the Immigration Office in Barcelona, within 30 days of arrival. The procedure must be completed in person by the applicant.
Important note: all foreign official documents must be previously legalized and, if necessary, must be translated into Spanish or co-official language of the territory where the application is being made.
Further information here.
2. For foreign students admitted to a multilateral intra-EU mobility programme (e.g., ERASMUS MUNDUS).
For bachelor's or master's students from a Non-EU country coming to study at the UB within a multilateral intra-EU mobility programme between several universities, the Office of Mobility and International Programs (OMPI) will be responsible for processing the communication of mobility to the Barcelona Sub-delegation of the Government.
This procedure can be completed before coming to Barcelona or, at the latest, within one month of your arrival in Spain.
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) .The documentation required is:
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.
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. Link to get the appointment:https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/pagina/index/directorio/icpplus
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.