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My attempts to investigate the application process at the Boston consulate have proven tricky.?Their website makes no mention of the non lucrative visa – really, not a word. Numerous attempts to email for details have been in vain.
If you live close by, you might make a short appointment to clarify details in advance of an actual application appointment. Regardless, I’m confident the?Documents Checklist?I’ve prepared for Boston will fit the bill. I built it from the requirements for the?visa to retire in Spain?per the Boston Consulate website combined with information garnered scouring the internet for other people’s experiences here.
If you?re familiar with non lucrative visa applications at this consulate, please share your information with me?here.
Listed below are items for which I could find no information, along with different ways to handle them:
- Form EX01, the solicitation for temporary non lucrative residence, required by almost all other consulates. Bring one blank copy for each family member, fill it out at the consulate if they ask.
- Copy of passport. Copy at least the ID page. You’ll need it in Spain anyway. If they want a copy of the entire passport (including all the blank pages), I’m sure they’ll complete your interview and ask you to return with it afterwards.
- Whether to glue photos to application form. Carry photos separately, perhaps bring a glue stick.
- Whether the Apostille(s) require translation. I’d skip. The consulate will likely give you a small grace period to submit them if required.?Why spend money on translations you may not need?
- Notarized Letter of intent. It would likely support your application, but I’d be surprised if your application were rejected without one. If me, I’d write one (translate then notarize).
- Expiration date for marriage and birth certificates (3 months for most consulates). Their instructions specify a three month expiration date for the Police Record Clearance -?if the same were true for marriage and birth certificates, they’d say so, right? On the flip side, the costs of ordering fresh certificates and Apostilles from government offices are a fraction of the cost of using a third party channeler to rush order new ones. I’d pony up for fresh ones in advance if mine were more than 3 to 6 months old.
- They don’t specify restrictions on how far in advance to apply. Target 90 days in advance of your desired departure date.