Spain Visa for U.S Permanent Residents – Complete Guide

Spain Visa for U.S Permanent Residents

Do US permanent Residents need to get a visa to visit Spain?

Sadly yes, you need to get a Spain Schengen visa if you would like to visit Spain with a permanent residence or green card.

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Only full US citizens can visit Europe without a visa. But not to worry, simply follow our simple guide below to know how you can get Spain visa for U.S Permanent Residents.

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Spanish consulate has the second-highest visa rejection among all the countries besides France. The Schengen visa rejection rate is 8% for Spain .

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So make sure that you have all the documents in place and you are sure you need to apply at the French consulate and do not make any expensive bookings in advance before your visa is approved

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Where and how to apply for Spain Schengen visa in the United States?

Once you are sure that you need to apply for Schengen visa at the Spanish consulate, you have to then select at which consulate of Spain in the United States you need to apply.

There are several Spanish Consulates General in major American cities. The embassy at the Washington DC is the headquarters.

There are 9 Spain Consulates General in the US. They are,

To know which consulate of Spain you need to apply to visit Spain consulate website. You will see a blue map of America. Select America from the map.

You will then see a map of North America. Select the embassy under whose jurisdictions you fall under. We will select San Francisco for this example.

You will now be redirected to Spain consulate of San Francisco. If the language is by default set to Spanish and you prefer English, then see the image below to see where you can change it.

From this page, you need to make an appointment online for your visa since the consulate does not allow walk-ins.

Last time we checked, the next available appointment date for Spain from San Francisco was 3 months away!!. If you are not getting an appointment slot, then you will need to change your plan and apply at a different consulate.

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You can get use our service to get temporary flight and hotel bookings for your Schengen visa , Once you get your visa then you are free to make your own plans and you are free to move as you please within the Schengen area.

How to get Schengen visa insurance for Spain visa?

You can get insurance for Schengen visa online and it takes about 5 minutes. As you know, the insurance price is mandated by law, hence you need not shop around for the best deals as all the websites would offer you the same price.

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How to book an appointment for Spain Schengen visa in the United States?

You need an online booking for Spain Schengen visa since the consulates in America do not allow for walk-ins.

You can book one appointment for the entire family and once your booking is confirmed, you need to take a printout of the booking information since you will be asked for the same at the consulate reception

The Spanish consulate has the worst online booking system and most of the time, a date is not available for appointment.

You need to constantly check to see if someone has cancelled their appointment to get dates for your you.

To make an appointment, visit the “appointment” section in the consular services tab

You will then need to find the “bookitit” link and click that.

Unfortunately, the booking page is only available in Spanish, You can select the date and the time-slot at which you want to make the booking

Once you select the date and slot, you will get your booking confirmation which you can print out.

Now you have the appointment confirmed for your Spain Schengen visa.

Should you buy flight and hotel bookings before your visa is approved for Spain visa?


In fact, the consular says the same.

Select consular services from the drop-down list.

Then select FAQs – Visas from the drop-down list.

Under, short stay – tourist/business visa section, you will find the following quote.

We recommend that you do not purchase travel tickets until your visa has been approved. On the other hand, you may provide us with a reservation, a planned itinerary

This is because your visa is not guaranteed and in case your visa is rejected, you will loose all your money

What is flight itinerary? Is it accepted by the Schengen consulate ?

Of course, in fact all the embassies mention the same. We have added links to the official visa pages which you can verify.

France Consulate

Your travel itinerary : you MUST BOOK your airline ticket but do not purchase until the visa has been approved.

Spain consulate

We recommend that you do not purchase travel tickets until your visa has been approved. On the other hand, you may provide us with a reservation, a planned itinerary or an online printout of a roundtrip ticket.

Netherland consulate

Travel reservation to and from schengen area, not a ticket. Note: Make travel reservation which you can cancel

Germany consulate

Flight (roundtrip)/travel reservations and full itinerary (if several Schengen States will be visited or if the trip covers several Schengen States and non-Schengen countries) with the name of passenger and one copy

Italy consulate

Round trip ticket/reservation, originating in this jurisdiction to Europe (and ultimately to Italy) and back, including internal entry and exit points of travel i.e. EURORAIL tickets, car rental, internal flights. The names on reservations have to reflect the names on passports.

We can provide you with flight itineraries which is accepted by not only for Schengen visa but for all visas. We have customers using the same flight itinerary for Malaysia visa, Singapore visa, India visa, UK visa etc.

In fact the European union visa requirements for visa states the same.

As per the official document,

Round trip reservation or itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Schengen state.Schengen authorities accept the itinerary when applying for the visa but request the original air ticket when visa is collected.

That is why we have 100% visa acceptance rate although some of our customer have been requested to provide “additional documents”, none of their visas has been rejected for providing fake documents. With 80% of our customers being return customers or companies which process visas for their employees/clients, our approach is the best approach if you want to ensure the safety of your visa.

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How to get an official flight itinerary which is price reserved with the agent ?

You can use our flight itinerary for visa services, along with flight itinerary, you can also get hotel bookings and valid insurance which will be purchased for you and will be in tune with the insurance requirements for Schengen visa.

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What documents should you submit for Spain visa in the United States?

Here is a summary of the documents you need to submit for Spain Schengen visa for green card holders.

  1. Passport
  2. Photographs
  3. Permanent Residence Permit card
  4. Completed Schengen visa form
  5. Flight itinerary
  6. Hotel bookings
  7. Schengen visa insurance
  8. Proof of sustenence
  9. Cover letter
  10. Letter of employment(if employed)
  11. Company registration(if selfemployed)
  12. Letter from college (for students)

You need to submit a photocopy as well as an original of all the documents to the visa consulate.

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Passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least three months after you return to United States of America.

Two photographs as per the spec mentioned by photo specification for visa application.

A valid U.S. permanent residence card (“green card”) or a valid US visa with valid I-94 / valid I-20 (+ ONE COPY), or an Advance Parole document. The applicant must bring the original green card or US VISA together with photocopies of those documents too.
Students with an F1 visa must present the original and a copy of their I-20 properly endorsed for travel (a certification signature is only valid for one year). The validity of the travel endorsement must cover the intended trip in Schengen + 3 months.

A confirmed Flight itinerary or reservation for Schengen visa Flight itinerary is a safer way of submitting a visa application without buying an actual flight ticket which can prove to be expensive if your visa is refused.

Proof of accommodation such as hotel bookings We would not suggest you to make your hotel reservations before your visa is approved. We have seen many customers who make all the bookings thinking they can cancel them once they get their visa only for the visa process to be delayed resulting in huge cancellation fees.

Proof of sustenance (either as bank statements travel cards, credit cards) to show that you can sustain yourself financially when you are in Europe

Proof of socio-professional status (if you are working) :

  • letter of employment in the U.S confirming your salary, hire date, position, and dates of vacation (business registration if self employed)
  • and your last 2 payslips
  • or letter from your school or university confirming your enrolment status, attendance and expected graduation date

A medical insurance with a minimum cover of €43,000 . See our article to get travel insurance for Schengen visa

Personal Covering letter or travel itinerary explaining in detail the purpose of the visit.This needs to explain in detail your entire travel plan and all the documents that you have submitted addressing the Embassy in your area.

If the applicant is under 18 years old

If the applicant is under 18 years old :
→ copy of his/her birth certificate + certified translation if the document is not in French or English

If the applicant is under 18 years old and travelling without his parents :
→ notarized copy of his/her birth certificate + certified translation if the document is not in French or English
→ notarized parental authorization from both parents or from the parent exercising full custody of the child according to the divorce decree (a certified copy of the divorce decree must be provided) + copies of both parents passports

If the applicant is under 18 years old and travelling with only one parent :
→ notarized copy of his/her birth certificate + certified translation if the document is not in French or English
→ notarised parental authorisation from the non-travelling the parent + copy of his passport

That is it. Once you have accumulated all the documents, you can apply at the Schengen consulate of your main destination.

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Below is the official tourist visa guide in its full

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