Being hit by an economic crisis in the past, Spain has bounced back to be one of the largest economies in Europe. Being ranked fairly highly in the Ease of Doing Business (EODB) index, the Spain business visa has provided ease of travelling for businessmen visiting Spain to take part in business activities.
Also known as the Spain Schengen business visa, this is issued for people entering Spain for the purpose of engaging in business-related activities. The permit is issued for a maximum stay duration of 90 days in a 180-day period. The granted stay duration and validity depends on the decision of the consular officer processing your application. The permit can be issued as single-entry, double-entry, or even multiple-entries.
The application for the Spain business visa from India is done offline via a VAC (Visa Application Center). Before starting the application, ensure that you check if you are eligible for the business category. After that, you may proceed with the application as follows -
Keep in mind that if you have submitted your biometrics for a Schengen permit in the past 5 years, you do not have to submit them again. In this case, you may send your application through a third party, provided that they possess a letter of authorization.
Spain VAC has started a mobile application wherein you can apply for the visa from your house. The VAC will send officials to your house to take your biometrics and documents. For more information on this new process, you must contact the VAC.
You must submit only original and genuine documents. Providing fake documents or false information can lead to a Schengen visa rejection.
Note that the applications must be made at the VACs situated across India as per the jurisdiction. If your state of residence (resident of a state for the past 6 months) is one of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, or Pondicherry, your applications must be through a VAC located in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, or Ahmedabad. However, if your state of residence is one of the remaining states or UTs, you must apply through the VACs situated in Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, or Jalandhar.
To be able to apply for the business permit, you must meet the following conditions -
As per the embassy requirements, the following are the list of documents you must produce to apply for a business permit.
Proof of occupation such as employment letter, Copy of business license, etc.
Financial documents such as bank statements of the past 3 months, Passbook copy, ITR, etc.
The processing time for the Spanish business permit is dependent on the validity, the number of entries, the volume of visa applications at the embassy, as well as your previous travel history. Normally, you can expect a processing time of about 15 working days. However, it is possible that it can take up 30 days to 60 days in extreme cases. As a result, it is suggested that you apply well in advance.
The application fees for the Spanish business visa is dependent upon the currency exchange rates, as well as the embassy decision. The embassy has the right to modify the fees without prior notice. Apart from the application fee, there are biometric charges, delivery charges, as well as any service charges levied by the VAC. As a result, you must check the exact amount before starting the application.
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Once you have submitted the business visa application for Spain at one of the VACs, it is then forwarded to the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi or the Consulate of Spain in Mumbai for processing. Note that even though you have submitted the application at a VAC, the processing is in the hands of the mission alone. The VAC has no influence on the processing.
If your visa has been approved, you can collect the passport directly from the VAC in person, or have it delivered to you for an additional charge
You can track your Spanish business visa application by clicking here and entering your reference number and date of birth. You may also check your status by contacting your travel agency and have the track it for you.
Once you have been issued with the business permit, you must keep in mind the following points to ensure that you have a hassle-free experience -
It is not possible to extend the Spanish business permit under normal conditions as it is a Schengen short term category. However, in certain extreme cases such as a Force Majeure, or other humanitarian reasons, you may be granted an extension. In all other cases, you must not try to extend the visa and must leave Espana before expiry.
After you have expired the Spanish business permit, you are not allowed to stay back in the country for any amount of time. As per the Schengen laws, you must leave the country before the expiry date. Staying back in Spain after this period is considered as an offence, and can get you deported, and in some other cases, you might even be banned from entering the Schengen region again.
Since the Spanish business visa is issued only for a short duration of fewer than 90 days, there are no mandatory medical test requirements. The long term D permits will require medical tests as per the exact type. Either way, it is recommended that you get a health checkup before travelling to a new country.
No, it is not possible to convert the business visa for Spain into another type. You are also not allowed to take part in paid work while you are on this permit. You can, however, take part in unpaid charity or voluntary work. If you do require to work, you must apply for a work permit once you are back in your home country.
Yes, you are allowed to travel to other Schengen countries on this permit. Being a Schengen country, Spain participates in a visa-free agreement with other Schengen countries. However, you can only visit European countries that are a part of the Schengen. Although, there are a few non-European countries that allow you entry with a Schengen visa. Eg:- Croatia.
As per the Spanish embassy, it takes around 15 working days to process the application under normal conditions without taking into account, the transit time. As a result, it is suggested that you apply at least 15 days before the date of travel. However, you are not allowed to apply for more than 3 months before the travel date.