How Long Can Non Eu Citizens Stay In Spain?
- Víctormanuel Paz
SHORT TERM VISA – The short-term visa or Schengen visa allows non-EU citizens to stay in the country for 90 days. It is also called tourist visa. Bear in mind that the vast majority of permits can’t be obtained under a tourist visa. This means that, as a general rule, you can’t come to Spain with a short-term visa and get your residence permit afterwards; you need to apply from your country of origin.
How can I stay more than 90 days in Europe?
What happens if I overstay 90 days in Schengen?
A non-EU national who stays in the Schengen area beyond 90 days (without a residence permit or long-stay visa) is illegally present, which can result in a re-entry ban to the Schengen area.
How can I live in Spain for a few months?
Many foreigners have the same question. If I move to Spain, how long can I live in the country without actually applying for residency? Which is the legal length I am allowed to stay without many times long and tedious residence permit application? In this article we are going to solve this doubt once for all! In order to answer this question we are going to use the 90-day rule.
This rule simply states that you can live in Spain without residency for a maximum of 90 days. After those 3 months, you need to either obtain a residence permit, or leave the country. And that is because the shortest stay option is the tourist (or Schengen) visa , which lasts exactly for 90 days.
That is, if you plan to visit the country for tourism, business, studies, or for any other reason that will take less than 90 days, you must apply for a tourist visa in order to enter Spain. But if you plan to stay longer than that, a residence permit is required.
Here you can find a list of all the different residence permits in the country. Each has its own requirements, and the best option entirely depends on your particular situation. Nevertheless, bear in mind that according to your country of origin, you may not need to apply for a Schengen visa in order to stay for a maximum of 90 days in Spain.
So you could freely enter the country without any prior application. Here you will find a list of all the countries that need to apply for one.