Non Lucrative Spanish Visa in 2024: Applying via BLS International Services in the UK.

Since the end of 2023, all Non Lucrative Spanish visa applications are being processed by BLS International Services. The Spanish Consulates in the UK are no longer giving appointments nor receiving applications. Do not worry, this is not a problem. It actually makes the application process pretty straightforward. The required documents remain the same. The appointment booking procedure is even easier than before!

Please remember that we help you to apply for your Non-Lucrative Visa as part of our Relocation packages and our VIP Property Finder packages in the Malaga and Costa del Sol areas.

If you are moving to other parts of Spain, you can book NLV consultations and assistance via our dedicated website: Non Lucrative Visa spain

Please find below some very useful answers to questions about the Non-Lucrative Spanish visa application process, provided by the BLS International Services website.

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FAQs Non Lucrative Spanish Visa 2024

Who is BLS?

BLS International Services (UK) Limited is the preferred outsourced partner to the Consulate of Spain in the UK. The Spain Visa Application Centre of BLS International service UK LTD functions as a collection and processing centre to guarantee a better service in response to the growing demand for Spanish visas from applicants residing in the United Kingdom. This includes the Non Lucrative Spanish visa.

How early can I apply for my visa?

Applicants are free to apply up to 180 days before their date of travel. However, all applications must be submitted at least 15 days before the proposed date of travel to accommodate any unforeseen processing delays. This period is extended to 9 months in the case of the seamen.

How long do I have to wait for the Non Lucrative Spanish visa once I submit my application?

Applications accepted at the Spain Visa Application Centre will be submitted on the morning of the next working day to the Spanish Consulate General.

Once the application has been submitted, the applicant can be requested to submit additional documentation in support of the initial application.

Please note that the minimum processing time of a visa application is 30 Working Days (but may take up to 60 days). Consequently, the applicants are requested to apply well in advance to the intended date of travel.

The Consulate does not provide information on the state of a visa application nor on refusals of visas. Any email requesting information on these issues will not be answered

Can the Spain Visa Application Centre prepare my application for me?

The Spain Visa Application Centre does not prepare visa applications but accepts and processes applications in accordance with the instructions issued by The Spanish Consulate General.

How do I submit my application at the Application Centre?

Applicants need to make an appointment and walk into the Spain Visa Application Centre to submit their application.

Do I have to come personally or can I send the application to the Spain Visa Application Centre?

You need to apply in person because they need to take your biometrics. In the case of minors, they also need to come in person.

What is the Non Lucrative Spanish visa application procedure at the Spain Visa Application Centre?

Applicants can walk in any working day at BLS application centre during the specified submission timings (with a prior booked appointment). Applicants will be asked to take a token at the entrance and be seated in the waiting area (You can approach our Submission Counters when your token number is displayed). 

Our officers at the counter will collect your visa application form to check that the documents are complete and your photograph meets the required specifications. Your passport will be checked for validity empty pages and previous travel information. 

Your fees will be collected in accordance with the visa category you have chosen and the documents you submit will be checked in the manner in which they are required by the Consulate of Spain. 

You will be issued a receipt for the fees paid and given an acknowledgement for the submission of your passport.

What if I do not have all the documents?

If your application is not accompanied by the documents that are requested you will be asked if you wish to proceed with the application without all the requested documents. Should you consent to this, your application will be registered in our system and accepted for further processing. Kindly take note that submission of incomplete applications will lead to processing delays

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Can I apply if I have a passport that is more than 10 years old?

All applicants must have a passport that is not more than 10 years old as of the date of return from their scheduled trip. The same applies to passports issued more than 10 years ago that have since been extended. In this case, applicants must renew their passport before making their visa application.

What proof will I have that Spain Visa Application Centre has my visa application?

Once your application has been registered in our system, you will be issued a receipt for the fees you have paid. It will be possible to track your visa at

What are the applicable fees for my Non Lucrative Spanish visa?

Every Visa application needs to be accompanied by the required visa fee for the amount applicable to your chosen visa category. This can be paid by Cash, Debit or Credit card. They can also return your passport via Special Delivery for an additional fee of £24.95 per passport. This is an optional service.

Consult fees:

How do I check the status of my visa application?

Please use this link:

You require your application reference number and your date of birth.

What is the procedure to get my passport back?

Once the application has been processed by The Spanish Consulate General and your passport has been returned to the Visa application centre; BLS International will dispatch your passport through Royal Mail. (Please refer to Additional Services to be aware of prices).

What should I provide as proof of relationship or my spouse’s nationality?

Photocopies of your Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate are the only documents that will be accepted as proof of relationship. Photocopies of your spouse’s national passport can be accepted as proof of nationality.

What are the Non-Lucrative Spanish visa Information Letters?

If The Spanish Consulate General is unable to return the application to you because they would like to request additional documents, schedule you for a personal interview or require additional time to correspond with the Home Office, this update is normally sent in a letter individually addressed to the applicant and remains at the Spain Visa Application Centre until collected by the applicant or an authorized representative.

Will my fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your Spanish non lucrative visa application is not successful.

When can I re-apply; is there a timeframe after the refusal that I must wait before reapplying?

If your application has been refused, you are free to re-apply at any time. There is no time gap to be observed after a refusal to make a fresh application. However, before submitting a new application, it is recommended that you note the reasons for the earlier refusal and make amendments where applicable.

How can I appeal against the decision of the Consulate if my Spanish Non-Lucrative visa application is rejected?

Should you wish to appeal against the decision of the Consulate, you must do so in writing within a month from the date of notification. You can lodge your appeal directly to the Visa Department of this Consulate (20 Draycott Place SW3 2RZ) or to the Superior Court of Justice in Madrid.

The reason for refusal was included in the decision letter.

Please enclose the following:

  • Copy of the refusal letter.
  • A covering letter stating your grounds of appeal and a copy of your passport and UK residence permit.
  • A current contact address, email, and home time telephone number must be provided.
  • Documents supporting your grounds of appeal.

Under Article 123 of Act 39/2015, of 1 October, on the Common Administrative Procedure of the Public Administrations, the Consulate has one month to issue a resolution of your reconsideration appeal, understanding negative if you don’t receive an answer.

If you have any further questions regarding your Spanish Non-Lucrative Visa application, simply :




Spain Visa Application Centre – London

Spain Visa Application Centre 20 St Andrew Street, London EC4A 3AG

Time for Passport Collection:

Hours for Submission of File: 08:30 to 13:30 hrs (Monday to Friday)


Spain Visa Application Centre – Manchester

Unit 1 , 205 Chapel Street, Salford , M3 5PF, Manchester

Time for Passport Collection: 13:00 to 15:00 hrs (Monday to Friday)

Hours for Submission of File: 09:30 to 12:30 hrs (Tuesday and Thursday)


Spain Visa Application Centre – Edinburgh

Spain Visa Application Centre 6 Dock Place, Suite 1A, First Floor Office, Edinburgh, EH6 6LU

Time for Passport Collection: 14:30 to 16:00 hrs (Monday to Friday)

Hours for Submission of File: 08:30 to 12:30 hrs (Monday to Friday)


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