One aspect that my classmates particularly know me for since the start of the program, is my last-minute choices. These include improvised trips, radical changes in essay topics, and even joining GLOCAL two weeks before it began. This is no exception, as mostly everyone (who needed) decided to apply via the Spanish consulate in Edinburgh, yet because two weeks before leaving Glasgow I realized I had no choice but to take the risk and go for the European Mobility Visa. The good thing is that this process (with its drawbacks) is completely free! Unfortunately, this type of visa is applicable only for those who have visa free access to the Schengen area, so check beforehand if you can apply for this path as it is not suitable for everyone. Steps are as follows:
- Proof of arrival to Spain: you will need some kind of proof of how you got to Spain. You must do this within 72 hours of having entered Spanish territory. It can either be from train/bus/flight tickets which can be presented at a police station (even the one at the airport) or comisaría to get the declaration of entry or declaración de entradafree of cost.
- You will need copies and originals of the following paperwork: The EX-00 form (which can be found here), your passport, scholarship letter (only European Scholarships) or Spanish Bank statement, insurance policy in Spanish (Marsh can issue for free the translated version), confirmation of studies and acceptance letter from UB. Regarding the Bank Account Banco Sabadell can open accounts for students under 30 free of maintenance and only using your passport number (as most banks such as BBVA, Caixa, Deutsche Bank, or Santander will ask for NIE and will want to charge you high maintenance fees for being a foreigner). Go to the branch in Passeig de Maragall 156 and look for Oriol (he’s done it for several Glocals). You will need to have in your account around 550€ per month.
- Within a month of entering Spain you will need to head to the Oficina de Extranjería at Carrer de Murcia 42 (Barcelona) to present the documents. Most paperwork there requires a previous appointment or cita. However, the European mobility visa does not deem so. I would advise to get there at around 10 a.m. as it was not too crowded at that time. You will walk out with a slip containing your NIE (Número de Identificación Extranjera) and within 30 days your visa will be mailed.
*If you wish to check the status of your visa, you can do so by entering here and typing your passport number or NIE.
If you require more information here is the official website of the Spanish Government regarding this visa. Unfortunately it is only in Spanish.
Written by Diego