Applying for a non lucrative Spain visa at the NYC Consulate

We just dropped off our paperwork for an non lucrative Spain visa at the NYC Consulate (December 2022) and I figured I’d share my experience and answers to a few questions I had.

First, everybody at the consulate was super sweet. Not substantive information, but nice to know anyways. Related to that, there weren’t many people in the consulate, and I was able to approach the window multiple times and ask questions about how to complete forms that I was unsure about.

We are a family of four (two adults, two young children). I had written in our letter of intent that we would not be working “ni en persona ni de remoto” (neither in person nor remotely), but the lady at the window strongly suggested that I include a letter from my employer saying I would resign if the visa were approved. (ie she didn’t say I needed to include it, but made it sound like my chances of being approved were greatly decreased if I didn’t include it.) She said I could get that and email it in after our appointment. My wife, who is self employed, also needed to write a letter saying she would not work etc. etc. etc. and get it notarized (because my letter would be official from the company, she said it did not need to be notarized).

For the non lucrative Spain visa application form I did not need a specific address in Spain. It was enough to give a town and province.

The 790-052 form gave me a hell of a headache trying to figure out what to fill out. I wasn’t able to fill it out online, I think because I don’t have an NIE. I found a PDF version posted here, printed it out and completed it by hand. I was worried that wouldn’t work, because the form explicitly says not to copy it because there’s a unique number that appears on the form. That was not an issue. I filled in the year, my name, checked “Principal” for each of the forms (including the ones for my children), checked the box for c “Autorización inicial de residencia temporal” and signed. Did this on all the pages. The lady at the consulate asked me to fill in the name of the town and the province where we would be staying. I did not need a specific address. For my children, I signed the form, printed my name, and wrote below padre de nombre.

Link to Formulario 790 – 052 (pdf format)

For payment—which was $151 per person—they only accepted money orders from the post office. I had money orders from my bank, and they wouldn’t accept those. (So they sent me down to the post office to get a money order.)

We included a letter from a school showing that our children would be going to school in a private institution. She seemed to think that was important.

I included six months of bank statements in my folder and three months of statements in everybody else’s. She took all six months, but told me to take out the extra copies I had in everybody else’s folders. I had translated the summary page of three of the months of bank statements because I had heard mixed experiences in this group. She said I did not need translations for the bank statements and that she didn’t think I would need them in Spain either.

She took one copy of our marriage certificate, which she asked me to put in my wife’s folder and asked for one copy of my kid’s birth certificates in each of their folders. For all of these apostilled and translated documents, she only kept the translated versions and returned the originals (which she said we needed to keep for the TIE).

They did not make us leave our passports.

All four of us went to the consulate. It wasn’t clear that was required. She saw that we were all there though so I’m not sure. She did a quick interview of my wife and me at the same time—why we wanted to go to Spain, going over we wouldn’t be working, etc. That seemed perfunctory (especially since she stressed that they would not be the ones approving the visa). She did not ask my children questions.

Thanks to everybody in this group for all the help as we pulled these documents together. Now we’re just crossing our fingers and hoping we a) get approved and b) are able to go by March (2023)!

The author of this article asked to remain anonymous.