Immigration procedures

Visas

The first thing that you should apply before you arrive is your visa. The type of visa that you should apply for depends on the length of stay. All of the visas applied for by students are known as: Visado de Alumno.

Visa process and documents

Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero

This document is even more important than the Visa, however you cannot obtain this until you have the 90 day visa. You must apply for this within the first month of arrival and it is imperative that you renew this card annually.

Initial application card information and documents

Renewal application card information and documents

Certificado de Registro

The Certificado de Registro is for students of the European Union who will study in Spain. It must be requested within the first month of your arrival, and it is not necessary to renew this card annually.

Initial application card information and documents

 

Other forms of Legal Documentation:

Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI)

The DNI is only accessible for individuals who have Spanish Nationality.

DNI process and documents

 

For additional information please consult the FAQ below or email us at visa@unav.es

  • What visa should I apply for?

    • If you are going to be studying at the University of Navarra for one year or more you must apply for a 90 day visa

    • If you are going to be studying for only a semester you must apply for a 180 day visa 

  • Can I come into the country on a tourist visa and then change my legal status to student while in Spain?

    No. You can only apply for foreign student residency in Pamplona if you have a 90 day visa.

    If you come into the country with a travel visa or no visa at all you will have to go back to your home country to apply for one.

  • I am a student from the European Union; do I need a visa?

    No. But if you are staying for more than one semester you need to apply for a residency card. 

  • What is the NIE?

    The NIE is the “Numero de Identidad Extranjero”. You may find this number on the Student Visa in your Passport, but not always. This number is your identification number in Spain, however it is only half of the identification. To be legally residing in Pamplona you need to apply for the TIE.

  • What is the TIE?

    The TIE is the “Tarjeta de Identidad Extranjero”. This is the physical identification card. 

  • Why do I need the Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero (TIE)?

    You need it as your Identification Card in Spain.

    You need it to:

    • Apply for a Bank account, in most banks.

    • Get a phone / wifi for your apartment.

    • To move around the schengen zone, for some individuals there are other conditions that apply. Please email visa@unav.es for specific consultations. 

  • When do I apply?

    You must apply within the first 30 days of your arrival in Spain. 

  • What if I am going home for the holidays but I haven´t received my card yet?

    You must apply for an Autorización de Regreso. Check out the link here.

  • How long does the residency card last?

    • EU citizens: You do not have to renew it, so long as your conditions do not change

    • Non EU citizens:  You must renew your card every year. It is one full year. So please make sure to renew your card close to the date that it expires. 

  • When do I need to renew my card?

    You have 60 days before its expiration and 90 days after it expires to turn in your paperwork to the Extranjería office. 

  • What happens if I am beyond the 90 day renewal period?

    You will have to return to your home country and ask for another Student Visa as well as restart the process of the residency card. 

  • I am a student on exchange and I need to renew my residency card, what do I do?

    Make sure to apply to renew your card before you go on your exchange. For more specific case by case questions, please contact visa@unav.es.

  • Who can apply for this?

    Individuals who have Spanish nationality (with a Spanish Passport).

  • What is this?

    This is the definitive Spanish Identification Document for natives. 

  • If I have a Spanish Passport do I have to have a DNI and a Residency Card?

    No. If you have Spanish nationality you only need to start the DNI process.

 

Terminology

NIE

- Número de Identidad de Extranjero. Number associated to you individually.

TIE

- Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero. Physical Identification card that contains the NIE.

Student VISA

- Document to travel to Spain as a student.

DNI

- “Documento Nacional de Identidad” Spanish National Identity Card.

Certificado de Registro

- Physical Identification card that contains the NIE for European Union Citizens.