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FAQ: Visa and Work

Do I need a visa for Spain?

If you hold a passport from one of the European Union countries then you do not need a visa.

If you are from the United States, Canada, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland or Iceland you can stay up to 90 days without a visa. If you want to stay longer than 90 days, we will provide you with a letter of acceptance to assist you with your visa request.

If you are a citizen from another country, check with your local Spanish consulate or embassy first what the requirements are. You can find a list at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign affairs at www.mae.es.

Do I need a visa for Argentina?

If you stay for less than 90 days, you do not need a visa unless you are a passport holder from one of the Caribbean countries.

If you want to stay longer than 90 days, you can apply for a student visa with the local Argentinean consulate or embassy. Babylon Idiomas will provide you with a letter of acceptance to assist you with your visa request.

Can I work in Spain when I am studying?

If you are a EU citizen, you can work in Spain without a visa. You will need to obtain some documentation to be able to obtain a work contract. Our school managers will be able to help you with this.

If you are not a EU citizen, you can work a restricted number of hours with a student visa but experience has taught us that hardly any Spanish company recruits on that basis. You may be able to find something without paper requirements but that of course leaves you uninsured and possibly in breach of your visa status.

If you are looking for temporary work, then you are most likely to find something in a the tourist or hospitality sector. Please bear in mind that there are many other students looking for a job and that it most often takes a lot of time -and a bit of luck- to find something.

Our advice therefore is to always budget for your Spanish course on the basis of not having a job on the side. If you find one, that is a very nice bonus :)

Can I work in Argentina when I am studying?

All non Argentinean citizens will need a special work visa to work in Argentina. Of course, there may be jobs available where no papers are required but this leaves you uninsured and quite possibly in breach of legal requirements.

If you cannot find the answer here or on our website, contact us: we are here to help!

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