Before travelling to Spain, you’ll already have
obtained your student visa at your nearest Spain Consulate in the
United States. This visa usually expires between 60 to 90 days. For
that reason, once you are in A Coruña you’ll have to extend the
expiration date of your visa.
We’ll usually fulfill all these formalities during the welcoming and
guidance days and the cultural advisor or the academic director will
always go with you
Extension of the visa
First, you’ll need a registration
certificate, that is, a document certifying you are living in
Spain. For that reason:
1. Ask the academic
director the necessary forms (if he has not supplied you with them).
2. Fill in those forms. Here you have some models: Hoja
de inscripción en el padrón
(Municipal registry sheet), Documento
de alta en el padrón
(Document for the registration at the
3. A person in your Spanish host family who has been taken
a census at the same domicile where you live must sign one of these
forms (the Hoja de inscripción o modificación).
4. You’ll have to go to one of the registry offices of the
City Hall that are in two places: at the City Hall (Palacio Municipal,
Plaza de María Pita) or at the Fórum Metropolitano (Parque Europa),
Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You’ll have to carry:
· those forms, filled in and signed by a person of your
Spanish host family;
· your passport;
· original (not a photocopy) DNI (National Identity
Document) of the person signing the document mentioned in 3.
5. Two days later, you can
go to the same place with your passport and ask for a certificate of
registration at the municipal registry.
After that, you’ll have to go to the Police
(Álférez Provisional street, no. 3, near the port, Mondays to Fridays
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) with the following documentation:
· Your passport
· A photocopy of your passport
· 2 passport-size
photos (32 x 26 mm; photocopies or photos printed in paper are not
· Certificate of registration at the municipal registry
· A supporting documentation of your enrollment at the UDC
(the academic director will give you this)
· Depending on the conditions you entered the country (for
example, if you entered via other countries), you’ll possible have to
make an statement of entry.
In case of any doubt, you can contact the academic director.
It takes 40 days for the resident card to be issued. After you request
it, the immigration service will give you a slip that you can use to
temporarily live and travel within Spain.
While you don’t have the
resident card, if you want to travel outside Spain, you’ll have
to go to the immigration service (with your passport and a copy of the
slip showing you requested the resident card) to ask for a "return
authorization" that is issued in around 3 days. This authorization will
enable you to travel abroad and be able to come back to Spain without
Take into account that the U.S.
photos may be
higher than the Spanish ones. What the police request is: “A recently
taken full-face color photo of the applicant, 32 x 26 millimeters size,
with a plain, clear and uniform background, the head fully uncovered
(no hats, caps, etc.) and without sun glasses or any other garment
preventing or making difficult the person's identification".