You are about to become an Auxiliar de Conversación in Spain and, we know, understanding the visa process and timelines is crucial to prepare for your new adventure in Spain. This article will help you navigate the Auxiliar de Conversación visa process seamlessly. We will walk you through the step-by-step procedure and provide valuable information on what documents you need, how to request an apostilled background check, and the general timeline for the visa application.
What is an Auxiliar de Conversación?
An Auxiliar de Conversación, also known as a Language Assistant, also known as Language Assistant, supports the main teacher in Spanish public educational institutions. As an Auxiliar de Conversación, you will work alongside teachers, helping students improve their English language skills through conversation and cultural exchange. This program offers a unique opportunity to experience the vibrant Spanish culture while gaining valuable teaching experience on a stipend.
To become an Auxiliar de Conversación in Spain, you will need to obtain a Spanish Language Assistant/Student Visa.
What Documents Do You Need for The Spanish Visa Application?
The first step before starting the visa application process is to know in which consulate you will process your visa, as there might be different requirements depending on it. You can find your Spanish consulate here.
The next step is to gather the necessary documents. The following are the general requirements for the Auxiliar de Conversación visa application:
- Valid passport: Ensure your passport is valid for at least three months beyond your planned stay in Spain.
- Visa application form: Complete and sign the official visa application form from your corresponding consulate (most of them will have the form in Spanish only).
- Passport-sized photographs: Provide recent, color photographs meeting the specifications mentioned in the application guidelines.
- Letter of Acceptance: Obtain an official Letter of Acceptance (Carta de Nombramiento) from the program in which you have been accepted.
- Medical certificate: Provide a medical certificate from a licensed physician stating that you are in good health.
- Private health insurance: It will need to comply with consular requirements.
- Background check: You will need a background check from all the countries where you have lived for more than 6 months during the last 5 years. Depending on the consulate, you will need a state or an FBI background check (for US applicants).
- Visa fee: Payment of the visa processing fee.
How to Request an Apostilled Background Check?
Some consulates may require an apostilled/legalized background check. Here is a simplified process to obtain one, but again, this process might vary depending on where you are getting it:
- Contact your local law enforcement agency: Inquire about the process for obtaining a background check specifically for international purposes.
- Complete the necessary paperwork: Fill out any required forms and pay any applicable fees.
- Fingerprinting or biometric data: Schedule an appointment to get your fingerprints/biometric data taken with an authorized agency or law enforcement office.
- Wait for processing: The background check process may take several weeks, so be prepared for some waiting time.
- Obtain an apostille/legalization: Once you receive the background check, you will need to have it apostilled/legalized. Contact the relevant authority to request it.
- Translation of the background check: Consulates will require that your background check is translated into Spanish by a sworn translator.
Auxiliar de Conversación Visa Application Timeline
The timeline for the Auxiliar de Conversación visa application process can vary depending on individual circumstances. However, the general steps and estimated timeframes for an Auxiliar de Conversación are as follows:
- Find out whether your consulate is accepting applications by mail or if an appointment is needed. For the latter, go to their website to book an appointment.
- Start gathering the necessary documents: request your background check (and apostille/legalization) as well as the medical certificate. It would be a good idea to request some quotes from sworn translators too.
- Once you receive your Carta de Nombramiento (Letter of Acceptance) and complete the visa application form, you should double-check that you have all the required documents (pictures, copies, etc.) ready to be submitted.
- Submit your visa application with all required documents. Have in mind that your consulate might keep your passport while they issue your visa (which usually takes several weeks). This means you won’t be able to travel abroad during this time.
- Wait patiently to receive your visa. Once you have obtained it, book your flight to Spain, and start your packing list!
The bureaucracy in Spain is not easy to navigate, we feel you. Dealing with the Public Administration is intimidating and most of the time confusing. ConversaSpain counts on an expert fully bilingual team to guide you through the process. We will provide all the documents and information in English so it will be easy to handle it.
You will have a Support Person assigned to you to help you during your participation in the program. In addition, there will be webinars to inform about visa processing and timelines (as well as tips on settling in Spain).
On top of this, with ConversaSpain you won’t have to worry about finding private medical insurance that meets the requirements of the consulate as it is included in the program!
In short, you will be supported all the way so you can focus on enjoying your experience as an Auxiliar de Conversación!
How to Move to Spain to Teach English as an Auxiliar de Conversación
Moving to Spain as an Auxiliar de Conversación requires careful planning and preparation, do not leave it for the last moment! Auxiliar de Conversación programs are in high demand, so if you are planning to live and teach in Spain, you should apply for the program as soon as the application period opens.
You should start by researching the program. Familiarize yourself with the Auxiliar de Conversación program, including the selection process and eligibility criteria. Think about which Spanish region you would like to teach in, and if you are coming solo or with your friends or family.
The next step is to submit your application: complete the Online Application Form. If you are eligible to participate in the program, you will be invited to an online interview. If accepted into the program, you will need to prepare for relocation. Start processing your Spanish visa, make necessary arrangements for accommodation, flights, and other logistical aspects, organize your farewell party…etc.
By understanding the visa process, gathering the required documents, and following the timelines, you can embark on this exciting journey with confidence. Remember to stay updated with the official guidelines and consult the relevant authorities for the most accurate information.
Good luck on your path to becoming an Auxiliar de Conversación, and enjoy the adventure that awaits you in Spain!