I’m not going to go into all the details on how to apply for a non-lucrative visa to Spain, basically because the process is quite boring if you are not actually applying. And if you are, Jed from Bucking the Trend has a wonderfully detailed post about applying for Spanish visas here. He and others who commented on his blog made this process so much clearer for us!
What I will tell you is that our family of five had to fly from Seattle to San Francisco to turn in our paperwork in person. Yet at the appointment our case worker barely glanced at our three children as they walked in the room, and I highly recommend to anyone who needs to fork over a bunch of money to fly to their consulate, to just borrow a couple kids off the street for your appointment and save yourself some cash.
Now we wait. We were told it will be about six to twelve weeks before our visas are ready, and then we will all make the trip back down to SF to pick them up. I’m a little nervous about hiring kids this time, because they may actually check to make sure the visa pictures match the kids, since those are the documents that will be letting us into the country, so we will probably suck it up and spend the money on another airline flight. Fingers crossed we’ve filled out everything correctly and won’t have any issues getting our visas.