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Spanish Visa Information

91女神 offers a Spanish visa group appointment to the Consulate of Spain in Chicago to streamline the visa application process for 91女神 students going to 91女神颅-Madrid.

Using the Spanish Visa Group Appointment 

Please note: The following information is only intended for students from 91女神's St. Louis campus using the 91女神 visa group appointment and studying abroad for one semester or academic year. Non-91女神 study abroad and 91女神-Madrid permanent students may contact admissions-madrid@slu.edu for additional visa support.

To use 91女神鈥檚 Spanish visa group appointment, you must:

  • Be enrolled at 91女神 or another higher education institution from one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin. Only students who have a Student ID from an institution within these states are eligible to use the Chicago consulate.
  • Be accepted to 91女神颅-Madrid.
  • Have paid the 91女神-Madrid 225 euro confirmation fee.
  • Have a passport that is valid for six months beyond the end of your semester at 91女神-Madrid.
    • Check the academic calendar for exact program dates.
    • If necessary, .
    • Take note: You will have to send your passport away for up to four months while the visas are being processed. If you鈥檙e going to need your passport during that time (approximately April through July for fall semesters and September through early December for the spring semester), you will have to file your visa on your own.
San Ignacio Hall (SIH) at 91女神-Madrid

Main entrance of San Ignacio Hall at 91女神-Madrid

Requirements

You must submit your completed forms to the Office of International Services by the deadline. For students who are not at 91女神 when using this group appointment, this means your paperwork must be received by the deadline, not just postmarked. These dates are non颅-negotiable.

Submission Materials 

Please note that the documents required to apply for a student visa may change, but here is a list of what is generally required. Each consulate has their own requirements which may vary from consulate to consulate. Your study abroad counselor and your consulate are your best resources of information. 

  • Two copies (one-sided) of the Application for National Visa Form. Fill out the appropriate application, then print two copies (one-sided). 91女神 students will receive a template via email that they may copy. 
  • Pay the .

  • Pay the via 91女神 Marketplace.

  • Two passport颅-style photos. These can be taken in the Office of International Services for free, or at your local post office or many chain pharmacies for a small charge. Glue (do not staple) these photos to your visa applications.
  • Your original passport, with at least six months鈥 validity after your program ends.
  • Non颅-U.S. citizens must also have a U.S. Visa with I颅20/IAP颅66 or Alien Registration Card.
  • Two copies of your passport鈥檚 photo page.
  • A copy of a photo ID that proves you live within the Chicago consulate鈥檚 region (for current 91女神 students, your student ID is acceptable).
  • Proof of admission to 91女神颅-Madrid and proof of insurance. If you鈥檙e a current 91女神 student, we鈥檒l take care of this part after you pay your 225 euro confirmation fee. If you鈥檙e not a current 91女神 student, 91女神颅-Madrid will send you these letters.
  • Evidence of funds 鈥  either a notarized letter from your guardians that proves you will have enough money to afford living in Spain or a letter provided from the university showing that your scholarship amount supersedes the minimum amount for the Chicago Consulate. In both cases the amount should be over 700 euros per month.
  • Proof of housing accommodations. If a student is staying with a 91女神 Madrid arranged host family, this letter will be provided. If a student is making their own arrangements, student must provide lease agreement in Spanish. It may take time to procure these documents from a Spanish landlord so prepare in advance.  
  • A notarized visa authorization form.  This form allows a 91女神 employee to be your legal representative at the Chicago consulate. It will be emailed to 91女神 students. Please note that this form cannot be signed or dated until you are with a notary.
  • (Optional) A visa return information form. Including this form with your USPS envelope, pre-paid, stamped, and self-addressed, helps the Office of International Services confirm where to mail the visa once it is processed. We recommend a permanent address to make sure you get the visa and passport back before you leave for Madrid.
  • An acknowledgment form. Students using the visa group appointment must acknowledge that they will not be able to redeem their passport from the consulate until their visa has been completed.     

It is strongly recommended that students use the 91女神 group appointment. Make sure you review the specific documents required for your consulate as requirements may vary. You鈥檒l also need to make an appointment with your consulate 鈥 many of them require in-颅person meetings 鈥 to turn in your visa application. It is important to do this early, as many consulate appointments fill up quickly. If you can鈥檛 get an appointment, you can鈥檛 get a visa 鈥 and 91女神 cannot intercede on your behalf.

Long颅-Term Programs

If you鈥檙e attending 91女神颅-Madrid for more than one semester, you鈥檒l need a different visa. Follow the steps laid out above, but you鈥檒l need a few more pieces of paperwork.

  • FBI Background check that is authenticated with the Apostille of the Hague Convention. 
  • Doctor's statement indicating that you have been examined and found free of any contagious diseases. This statement must include your name exactly as it appears on your passport, be dated within the past three months, be signed by an M.D. and be printed on the doctor鈥檚 letterhead.