Visa Service in Barcelona

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 visa support officer, Corinne (previously Regina), can work with our non-EU trainees before, during and after the course to make sure that they get a fast and reliable service, while also keeping costs as low as possible. Corinne is always around in the school to help deal with any issues or answer any questions and is able to provide the same excellent service that she received from Regina herself.

Originally from the U.S, Corinne has been through the whole visa process herself as part of our visa support service so she has first-hand knowledge of every element of visa applications 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! An addition to this, she is also the careers adviser in Barcelona so she can help our trainees with any visa and work related issues, which are quite often connected.

Do I need a visa?

Unless you have an EU Passport, you’ll only be allowed to stay in the Schengen Zone on a tourist visa for 90 days. The Schengen Zone includes Spain and most other EU countries. If you plan to stay longer, you need to apply for a different visa.

If you are a Canadian, Australian or New Zealand citizen, you could be entitled to apply for the one year Youth Mobility Visa/ Working Holiday visa.

Can I travel in Europe before or after my student visa?

You may be allowed to travel before your course starts if you ask the consulate at the time of your visa application, but this can usually only be for a few days. However, once your student visa expires it will automatically switch to a 90-day tourist visa to allow you to travel around the Schengen zone.

What are the most viable options?

You have two options:

  • Short-term student visa (4 to 6 months)
  • Long-term student visa (minimum 7 months)

With the long-term student visa, you are eligible to legally work for up to 20 hours per week, which is more or less full time teaching. If you decide you would like a student visa, the Developing Teacher course with Spanish which meet the requirements to do this:

Developing Teacher course with Spanish

This course is for those who would like to fine tune their skills as a language trainer and also learn Spanish along the way. It is aimed at TEFL teachers with an initial qualification (such as the Cert TESOL) and 0-3 years experience. This course meets the requirements in order to apply for a short or long term student visa (for non-EUs) and is suitable for all levels of Spanish from A1 (beginner) up to B2 (upper intermediate).

Each month will consist of the following:

40 hours of Spanish class at Oxford House.
Monday to Thursday 11.30 to 13.30 and Friday 10.00-12.00. You will join a class suitable for your level, from A1 to C1.

20 hours lesson planning.
From Monday to Friday 13.30 to 14.30 An opportunity for you to get support with planning your lessons, if you are teaching or to discuss the Spanish lessons you have been attending. Attendance is optional.

4 hours group workshop.
1 hour per week on Friday 12.00 – 13.00. You will join other course participants and a tutor for a workshop to focus on different aspects of learning and teaching. You will receive support with the monthly assignment and plan for the month ahead.

6 hours observation of experienced teacher.

  • 1.5 hours per week arranged at a time to fit in with your timetable.
  • In each Friday workshop, the tutor will help you to set up an observation of an experienced teacher for the following week. You can choose which teacher you observe based on your availability and the type of class you want to observe (general English, exam preparation, adults, teens, young learners, business)
  • You can choose an observation task to complete while you watch the class, which you’ll then submit to your tutor in the following Friday workshop.

10 hours independent work on your monthly assignment.

You will reflect your experience as a learner in Spanish classes, complete observation tasks, do background reading and complete your written monthly assignment.

Total: 80 hours per month (20 hours per week)

Course fee: €300 per month

What do I need to provide for my student visa?

Generally speaking, the Spanish consulate requires the following:

  • Visa application form
  • passport-type photos
  • valid passport and ID card
  • letter of acceptance from the school
  • full payment of your courses
  • evidence of sufficient funds for the length of your stay
  • proof of international health insurance
  • payment of visa application fee
  • a medical certificate and criminal background check (for long-term student visas only)

How can Oxford TEFL Barcelona help me?

We provide a comprehensive Spanish visa support service for an affordable one off fee which includes:

  • Step-by-step guidance to apply for and renew a visa
  • Priority mailing of all documents required at no additional cost (usually 30-50€)
  • Fast replies and unlimited support through email or Skype/phone chats
  • Support filling in all forms for the different processes required
  • Putting you in touch with previous graduates that have completed these processes
  • Recommendations of health insurance for U.S applicants

Once in Spain:

  • Assistance obtaining the Empadronamiento (officially registering your address) as well as applying for the NIE card (foreigner’s ID number) and social security number
  • Translation support and phone calls in Spanish
  • Liaising with potential TEFL employers to help them sponsor your work authorization

Visa service fee: €100

If you are thinking about coming to Barcelona to take our Cambridge CELTA course or one of our teacher development courses, get in touch to find out more about how we can help you obtain your visa or apply for a course.

I was attracted to apply for a course at Oxford Tefl in particular because of the visa support service. I had heard stories on how obtaining an NIE could be a nightmare, more so if you did not speak Spanish. Regina took me through the process and was able to get the NIE within a shortest possible time.She has further complimented my stay with a job through the school’s connection. I am a Developing Teacher and now working within legal stipulated hours for a student. For those coming to Spain to pursue their teaching career and who do not want hurdles, Oxford Tefl is their answer. And to Regina, you have no idea how much you have helped. Thank you! Continue reading