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Our Spain Non Lucrative visa application at New York consulate (May...

Having recently navigated the Spain Non Lucrative Visa (NLV) application process at the NYC consulate, I'd like to share the journey, the bumps along...

Non Lucrative Visa Spain Application Process at the Houston Consulate, May...

Here's a summary of the top 5 most important things from the Non Lucrative Visa Spain Experience at Houston Consulate: Legal Assistance: Using a law...

Spain Non Lucrative Visa: Passport Pickup at Miami Consulate – May...

On May 2nd, I had a spain non lucrative visa appointment at BLS Miami Consulate. On May 6th, I received an email from the...

Spain Digital Nomad Visa Experience as a 1099 Employee – May...

I got my approval today for 3 years! I applied myself as a 1099 employee with one US client and Spainguru's Spain Digital Nomad...

Spain Digital Nomad Visa as Self-employed LLC Owner – March 2024

My Spain Digital Nomad Visa Experience as a Self-employed LLC Owner "I got approved for my visa!!! I am a self-employed LLC owner. Business is...

Spain Non Lucrative Visa Application at Manila Consulate – April 2024

Here's a chronological breakdown of an application process for the Spain Non Lucrative Visa through the Manila Consulate: April 2: Medical examination at Angelus Clinic...

Spain Non Lucrative Visa: My Application at Miami Consulate (May 2024)

Had my experience yesterday for the Spain Non Lucrative Visa at the Miami BLS office (Miami Consulate). Small office with windows (like cashiers at...

Non lucrative Spain visa application at NYC’s Spanish consulate (February 2024)

The allure of living in Spain draws many to explore the non lucrative Spain visa, an option for those who wish to reside in...

Applying for my non lucrative Spain visa at Miami’s Spanish consulate

We finally received notice from Miami today that our non lucrative Spain visa was approved!!! https://youtu.be/jgFRSum4jWY Our in person appointment to pick them up is September...

Filipino auxiliar de conversación: My approved Spanish Digital Nomad Visa application...

A Spainguru community member kindly shared this post in the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa Facebook group of Spainguru. Join the group today to discover...

Applying for a non lucrative Spain visa at L.A.’s Spanish consulate

Late March 2023: Started looking for appointments to apply for the non lucrative Spain visa after sending my background check for an apostille... (bad...

First-hand experience: My approved Spanish Digital Nomad Visa application as a...

A Spainguru community member kindly shared his Spanish Digital Nomad Visa application post in the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa Facebook group of Spainguru. Join...

First-hand experience: My approved Spanish Digital Nomad application as a freelancer...

A Spainguru community member kindly shared his Spanish Digital Nomad application post in the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa Facebook group of Spainguru. Join the...

Applying for a non lucrative Spain visa at Hong Kong’s Spanish...

Hong Kong Consulate - non lucrative Spain visa Hi all! Just submitted my non lucrative Spain visa application through the Consulate in Hong Kong. https://youtu.be/IktlkNSeQ84 Background I'm an...

Applying for a non lucrative Spain visa at Manchester’s Spanish consulate

This morning (May 10th 2023) I attended my non lucrative Spain visa appointment at the Manchester Consulate UK, hopefully this will help others when...

Applying for a non lucrative Spain visa at NYC’s Spanish consulate

Thank you to everyone in this group! I learned so much helpful information from reading your posts. Now it’s my turn because I picked...

First-hand experience: My approved Spanish Digital Nomad application

A Spainguru community member kindly shared his Spanish Digital Nomad application post in the Spanish Digital Nomad Visa Facebook group of Spainguru. Join the...

Our non lucrative Spain visa application at Houston’s Spanish consulate

Houston Consulate - non lucrative Spain visa Here is a timeline of our non lucrative Spain visa process through the Houston Spanish consulate. https://youtu.be/6bGG38aq-z8 Feb. 23 2023...

Applying for my non lucrative Spain visa at San Francisco’s Spanish...

San Francisco Consulate - Non lucrative Spain visa We received our non lucrative Spain visa two weeks ago (October 2022) from the San Francisco consulate!...

First-hand experience: Applying for my NLV at Chicago’s Spanish consulate

Chicago Consulate - Non Lucrative Visas Just want to share my recent experience obtaining the NLV at the Chicago Consulate. I live in Minnesota, US...

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...

Our approved non lucrative Spain visa at Washington DC’s Spanish consulate

Washington DC Consulate - non lucrative Spain visa Woo-hoo, I got my non lucrative Spain visa approved! First, I want to thank all of the...

Our non lucrative Spain visa application at Los Angeles Spanish consulate

Los Angeles Consulate - non lucrative Spain visa We had our non lucrative Spain visa appointment with the Los Angeles Consulate today! It went great....

Applying for my non lucrative Spain visa at Washington DC’s Spanish...

Washington DC Consulate - non lucrative Spain visa For anyone going through DC - here is a a breakdown of the time it took for...

Applying for my non lucrative Spain visa at Chicago’s Spanish consulate

Chicago Consulate - non lucrative Spain visa I previously wrote about the speed with which things happen at the Chicago consulate regarding the non lucrative...

Applying for my non lucrative Spain visa at San Francisco’s Spanish...

San Francisco Consulate - non lucrative Spain visa Picked up my non lucrative Spain visa yesterday in San Francisco (Aug. 30th 2022). So, there IS...

Applying for our non lucrative Spain visa at Boston’s Spanish consulate

Boston Consulate - non lucrative Spain visa 2 adults, mid 30s, applying for the non lucrative Spain visa together as a pair (but not married) Working...

My non lucrative Spain visa approval process at Los Angeles consulate

Los Angeles Consulate non lucrative Spain visa - Appointment: Feb 1, 2022 Hello all! I just want to share our experience at the Los Angeles...

My non lucrative Spain visa approval process (NYC consulate)

I arrived at 9:45 am on August 16th 2021 for my 10:00 am non lucrative Spain visa appointment, and waited a few minutes before...

Applying for our non lucrative Spain visa at London’s Spanish consulate

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g2FgOzeY4Y My partner and I (Phil) went for our non lucrative Spain visa appointments at 10.30 on 3/12/2021 at London.  The appointments are in Draycott Place...