Organising your visa

If you are a European citizen or have a European passport you are free to work in Spain without a visa. If you are a non-EU citizen you will need a visa to live and work in Spain. You can do the one month TEFL course on a tourist visa, but if you are planning to stay in Barcelona for longer than three months you won’t be covered by your tourist visa.

If you are a new teacher, you have two options for processing a student visa:

This includes the initial 1-month Trinity CertTESOL course, followed by 11 months of our Developing Teacher course (read more).

This includes the initial 1-month Trinity CertTESOL course, followed by 11 months of our Spanish lessons in our Spanish department, Languages4Life.

If you are already qualified as a teacher you can skip the Trinity CertTESOL course and do 7-12 months of the Developing Teacher or Spanish course.

What makes our visa service different?

Before you set off:

  • Detailed guidance on how to gather all the necessary paperwork.
  • Help completing the Spanish application form.
  • Special discount on health insurance for US applicants.
  • Free express DHL delivery of your school enrolment letter.
  • Fast response from coordinators with years of experience in processing student visas.
  • Very high success rate in processing student visas and minimal rejections.

Once you are in Barcelona:

  • We will book your NIE appointment for you (read more about the NIE here). These appointments are notoriously hard to come by and we’ll save you a lot of hassle.
  • A coordinator from the school will personally accompany you to the foreign office to help with paperwork and translations.
  • The school will provide you with proof of address to allow you to get your empadronamiento (read more).

This service is included in all of our courses packages. 

What documents do I need?

The Spanish consulate requires the following documents:

  • Passport, valid for 6 months beyond your stay in Spain
  • Spanish student visa application form (downloadable pdf)
  • 2 x passport photos
  • Official invitation from Spain (you get this from the school once you are accepted onto the course)
  • Criminal background check
  • Medical certificate
  • Medical insurance
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay
  • Proof of address in your home country

If you would like to discuss the process in more detail you are welcome to contact carley@tefl-iberia.com with questions or book an appointment to talk at the school / via Skype.

If you would like to read about recent, first-hand experiences we highly recommend joining the Barcelona TEFL Teachers’ Association page on Facebook. It is a very active online community with tons of non-EU teachers and TEFL trainees sharing their experiences. If you use their search function on the top right-hand corner of the page to search, for example, ‘student visa’, you’ll find lots of active discussions.


FAQ’S about student visas

Officially up to 20 hours per week.
It varies from country to country but on average you should give yourself 2 months from start to finish.
Yes, if you have a long-term visa (7 months or more) you can extend from within Spain by signing up to further courses.
Yes, you could do 6 months of Spanish and 6 months of the Developing Teacher course, for example.
No, all first-time visas must be processed from your home country.
Yes, you just need to enrol with us and we’ll provide the necessary letter to take to the administration office.
Nowadays it is very difficult. The sponsorship process is a large commitment for an employer and it is very hard to find a company willing to take it on. Even if you do, you would have to involve costly immigration lawyers and prove that someone from the EU can’t do the job, which is extremely difficult.
Yes, but you would have to leave the EU for a minimum of 3 months.
Very easy, we show you exactly how to do it on the TEFL course.