Applying and Checking Application:
November–January – Prepare profile.
Late January/Early February – Application window opens / apply and get inscrita status.
≈March – Receive admitida status.
≈Mid May – Receive and accept regional placement (adjudicada).
≈Mid May after accepting regional placement – Receive Aceptada status (Start visa process now – next step).
≈June/July – Receive your Carta de Nombramiento.
Getting Your First Visa:
≈Mid May after receiving aceptada status – Find your regional consulate, and start the process for your first visa.
Find your consular district and follow its respective guide:
- Boston Consulate Guide
- Chicago Consulate Guide
- Houston Consulate Guide
- Los Angeles Consulate Guide
- Miami Consulate Guide
- New York City Consulate Guide
- San Francisco Consulate Guide
- Washington DC Consulate Guide
Visa Process Bottleneck:
FBI Background Check (Personal example)
≈May 16/17 Go to a participating USPS fingerprinting location and have your digital fingerprints taken and sent to the FBI.
≈May 17/18 receive your FBI background check (by email or online) the same day if you sent digital fingerprints. About a week later, you should also receive it physically through the mail.
≈May 17/18 Apply for apostille. This is a way to certify state and federal documents for international use. Print the emailed document and make sure the FBI symbol in the background isn’t removed.
≈June 8/June 28 Receive the apostille in the mail. Make a scan of each page without removing the apostille attached to the FBI background check (Just fold the ear). Send the document to be translated by a certified/sworn Spanish translator.
≈June 15/July 6 Receive the certified/sworn translation. Some consulates require notarized copies. This is explained in the respective consulate pages.
≈June/July Complete all the additional paperwork and requirements as you wait for your Carta de Nombramiento.
≈July 27-August 14 After completing all the requirements and receiving all the necessary documentation, apply for your first visa in your consular district. Some require in person appointments, and others have you send the application by mail.
July 28 – Check out the NALCAP Webinar for important and relevant information and updates.
Receive Your First Visa and Plan Your Trip to Spain:
Complete your last preparations:
Before Your Flight – full guide for the last steps before your flight.
≈September 1 Contact your assigned school in Spain via email.
≈August 17-September 25 Receive your visa in the mail or pick it up in person. Immediately afterwards, get your flight, and make your final personal preparations to go to Spain (including temporary accommodation).
After Arriving in Spain:
≈Mid to late September Get a Spanish phone number through a prepaid SIM card.
≈Mid to late September Set up a Spanish bank account and make a transfer to it.
Wise Referall Link – get a fee-free transfer up to $600
If your transfer exceeds $600 USD, get a significant discount.
≈Mid to late September Sign a lease for an apartment and get a permanent address.
After Getting an Apartment register your residence with the townhall office.
Before the School Year Starts Get a Spanish background check (It’s easy, don’t worry).
Booking a TIE appointment within 30 days of arriving to Spain (or as soon as you can)
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