Guide to Obtaining or Renewing Your Student Card in Spain

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What is it?

The initial or renewal student card for foreigners allows non-citizens to reside legally in Spain for educational purposes. This process involves obtaining or renewing a residency permit specifically for students.

Who needs it?

Anyone who is a non-citizen planning to study in Spain or current students needing to renew their permits because their previous permit is expiring.


  1. Gather Required Documents:

    • Ensure all documents are ready and in the proper format. These documents may include proof of enrollment, a valid passport, and proof of financial means to support yourself during your stay.
  2. Submit Application:

    • Applications can often be submitted online or at designated local offices. Be sure to follow the specific submission guidelines for your area.
  3. Pay Fees:

    • Check the exact fees applicable for the application process. Fees can often be paid online or at the office where you submit your documents.
  4. Attend Immigration Office Appointment:

    • Once your application is submitted, you will be required to visit the immigration office for an interview or to provide fingerprints and photographs.
  5. Wait for Approval:

    • Processing times can vary, so ensure you keep track of your application status and any additional requests for documentation or information.

Required Documents

  • Valid passport: Ensure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
  • Proof of Enrollment: Document from your educational institution confirming your enrollment.
  • Financial Proof: Bank statements or scholarship information proving you can support yourself.
  • Private Health Insurance: Many regions require proof of adequate health insurance.
  • Completed Application Form: This can usually be found on the local government or immigration website.

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Additional details

  • Timelines: Make sure to start the renewal process well before your current card expires to avoid any gaps in your legal residency status.
  • Local Variations: Procedures may vary slightly depending on the region of Spain you are in, so always check local guidelines.
  • Legal Advice: If you face difficulties or have complex situations, consulting with an immigration lawyer can be beneficial to navigate the process smoothly.


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