Today: sorting through visa requirements. We don’t know what the difference is between the non-lucrative visa and the retirement visa: the language of the proof of periodic income is the only variance. We’ll take it all…
ORIGINAL and ONE PHOTOCOPY of EVERYTHING – we each have to have our own of all of this, except the marriage certificate.
- National visa application form – this is a scary document, but we only have to fill out the first page and a half or so – it’s basically passport info.
- Form EX-01 – this is only available in Spanish. It is the residency form: we have to have an address in Spain before we can apply for a visa.
- Original passport – one source says with copy of the info page; one source says with copy of whole passport. Guess which we’re going to go with?
- Two passport size photos
- Notarized document explaining why we want to live in Spain – this has to be translated into Spanish – a certified translation! We don’t know for sure what that means, but we’ll figure it out…
- Proof of enough periodic income – also requires a certified Spanish translation
- Police Criminal Record clearance – cannot be older than 3 months from application date – certified translation into Spanish. Can be either:
- Dept of State clearance – must be legalized with Apostille
- FBI records – must be legalized with Apostille
- Medical Certificate – not older than 3 months before date of application – plus certified translation into Spanish – on letterhead – language exists already, so that’s a copy & paste and take to the appointment.
- Proof of international medical insurance – plus certified translation into Spanish
- Authorization form M790 C052 + fee
- Marriage certificate – authenticated with the Apostille plus certified translation into Spanish
So – we start with the documents that require the Apostille, because that will be an extra step.
Apostille certification requires a Notary Public – no problem there. We have to submit the original document for authentication. BUT documents that are recordable don’t require Notary Public, so it seems we can skip that step.