Visa Support Service for Barcelona

We can assist you with acquiring a visa to live and work in Barcelona.

Visa Support Service

At Oxford TEFL, we provide a visa support 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 ensure that they get fast and reliable service while 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 common problems which may occur. We have an almost 100% success rate in obtaining visas for those from countries such as the US, UK, 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).

Do I need a visa?

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.

What are my options?

These are the most common options for our non-EU applicants:

No Visa Required*
(up to 90 days)
Schengen Visa
(1 month)

Basic Option
Long-Term Student Visa
(7 months)

Most Popular
Long-Term Student Visa
(12 months)

Best Value
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 (NOT in Spain)
At the Spanish consulate in your country of residence (NOT in Spain)
Can I work?
Can I extend/renew if I decide to stay longer?
Course Requirements
Time Needed to Apply (approx.)
4–6 weeks
(2 weeks to gather the required documents + 2–4 weeks for BLS International to process your visa application)
3 months
(2 months to gather the required documents + 1 month for the consulate to process your visa application)
Starting from €1625

CELTA course: €1625
Starting from €1685

CELTA course: €1625

Schengen Visa Support: €60
Starting from €3525

CELTA course: €1625

6 months DTCS & Long-Term Visa Support: €1900
Starting from €5025 €4925

CELTA course: €1625

11 months DTCS & Long-Term Visa Support: €3400 €3300
Payment Deadline (FULL Fees)
1 week before your start date
6 weeks before your start date
3 months before your start date
The full fees listed above must be paid before we can provide visa support or prepare a letter of enrolment for your visa application.

Can't I just apply for a work visa?

If you are a non-EU national (with no claim to EU citizenship/residency, either through birth, ancestry, or marriage), you stand little to no chance of finding an employer who will sponsor a work visa. This is because EU hiring law dictates that employers cannot just hire a non-EU citizen—they first have to prove that there were no suitably qualified EU citizens who could do the job. When it comes to teaching English, this is not a very likely proposition.

One way around this is to apply for a long-term student visa. As a full-time student, you can apply for student work authorisation and work for up to 30 hours per week, which is considered more than full-time for a newly qualified teacher. In order to hire a full-time student, employers do not have to prove that there were no EU citizens who could do the job.

How can Oxford TEFL Barcelona help me obtain my student visa?

Before arriving in Spain:

  • Unlimited support by email with replies in one business day
  • Step-by-step guidance applying for a student visa:
    • Helping you determine where to send your application
    • Confirming what documentation is required
    • Support filling in forms for the different processes required
    • Providing bilingual templates to help you save time and reduce translation costs
    • Making medical insurance recommendations


After arriving in Spain:

  • Unlimited support by email with replies in one business day
  • Step-by-step guidance applying for legally required documentation:
    • Empadronamiento (Housing Registration)
    • NIE and TIE (ID Number and ID Card)
    • Social Security Number
  • Support with translation, filling in forms and making appointments
  • Liaising with potential TEFL employers to help them sponsor your student work authorisation


Before your visa expires:

  • Step-by-step guidance renewing your student visa at no additional cost (if you are taking another course with us) 

How can I get started?

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.

Tim Thorp

Spanish Visa Advisor

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