We can assist you with acquiring a visa to live and work in Barcelona.
At Oxford TEFL we provide an optional visa service for trainees taking our TEFL courses that wish to stay in Spain to teach English. Our visa service in Barcelona is different from a lot of other course providers. We actually provide assistance from within the school—we don’t outsource to another company. This means that our Spanish Visa Advisor, Tim, can work with our non-EU trainees to make sure that they get a fast and reliable service, while also keeping costs as low as possible.
Originally from the U.S., Tim has been through the whole visa process himself so he has first-hand knowledge of every aspect of visa applications and any problems which may occur. We have an almost 100% success rate in obtaining visas for those from countries such as the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand!
Note: From 1st January 2021, UK passport holders will need to follow the same regulations as other non-EU countries (see table below for more information).
Depending on your passport, you may be able to visit Spain without a visa. You can check the requirements for your country here.
Please note that if you come to Spain without a visa (under the 90-day rule), you will not be able to apply for a visa or extend your stay further once you are here. If you think you might want to stay in Spain for longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a long-term visa while you are still in your home country (or country of residence).
If you are a Canadian, Australian or New Zealand citizen, you could be eligible to apply for a one-year Youth Mobility Visa/Working Holiday visa.
These are the most common options for our non-EU applicants:
No Visa Required*
Long-Term Student Visa
Long-Term Student Visa
Who is it for?
*Citizens of many countries (e.g., Australia, Brazil, Singapore, UK, USA) can visit Spain for up to 90 days without a visa. Click here to see the full list.
Those who require a visa to visit Spain, but only plan to take the CELTA course before moving back home, or before moving on to another country.
Those who want to live and work in Barcelona with as much flexibility as possible, but aren’t ready to commit to a full year.
Those who want to live and work in Barcelona for at least a year, and are committed to professional development.
Where do I apply?
At BLS International in your country of residence
At the Spanish consulate in your country of residence
Can I work?
Can I extend/renew if I decide to stay longer?
Starting from €1500
CELTA course: €1500
Starting from €1560
Starting from €3400
Starting from €4900 €4800
The full fees listed above will need to be paid before we can provide visa support or prepare a letter of enrolment for your visa application.
Before arriving in Spain:
After arriving in Spain:
Before your visa expires:
For most applicants, the first step is to apply for our Cambridge CELTA course in Barcelona. At the bottom of your application, in the “message” section, please be sure to note that you are interested in applying for a student visa.
If you already have a CELTA or a similar qualification, you can apply directly to the Developing Teacher Course with Spanish.
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