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Old 27th September 2019, 09:16 PM
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Hello,

We have our meeting with the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles October 21st. On their list of all we need to bring there is no mention of needing to have a residence in Spain ahead of time: however, someone had posted on a website from a different state in the U.S. that you had to have a Spanish resident address when you have your meeting?

Is this true? We plan to stay at an AirBnB for a few weeks while we look for an apartment to rent.

Thank you so much. Can't wait to be in our new home.

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Old 28th September 2019, 05:40 AM
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Not sure what 'Spanish resident address' is supposed to mean.

Read literally it makes no sense because clearly if applying for a resident visa you can't already be resident and therefore can't have a 'resident address'!

Commonly when visiting a country for which you need a visa a contact address is demanded at the point of entry so I wonder if someone has misconstrued that?

Given that Spanish officialdom is infamous for making up it's own rules, sometimes on hoof, it's not hard to imagine that extending as far as foreign consulates so I would suggest that the definitive source of info has to be the American consulate in Spain.

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Visa information and Requirements

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3.If you have already a place to live or a lease agreement, you should support your application with any documents you may have.
My guess is if you're close to the line having a lease might help even if the requirements don't actually require it.

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BTW I think you might need a bit of luck to find an apartment you like in just two weeks. What happens if it's not 100% in move in condition?

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Not sure what 'Spanish resident address' is supposed to mean.

Read literally it makes no sense because clearly if applying for a resident visa you can't already be resident and therefore can't have a 'resident address'!

Commonly when visiting a country for which you need a visa a contact address is demanded at the point of entry so I wonder if someone has misconstrued that?

Given that Spanish officialdom is infamous for making up it's own rules, sometimes on hoof, it's not hard to imagine that extending as far as foreign consulates so I would suggest that the definitive source of info has to be the American consulate in Spain.
The OP is referring to needing an address in Spain at the time of applying for a visa and before actually living here. Hard as it is to believe, yes, many Spanish consulates do require this, and some actually require turning in a 12 month lease. It's crazy, considering that the consulate could very well deny the visa and the applicant would be stuck with a 12 month rental that they couldn't use.

To the OP, I have read that the LA Spanish consulate is one of the pickiest ones in the US. But I'm afraid I don't know if they're one of the consulates that requires a Spanish address. Sorry I can't help you. Good luck with your appointment!

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Hello,

We have our meeting with the Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles October 21st. On their list of all we need to bring there is no mention of needing to have a residence in Spain ahead of time: however, someone had posted on a website from a different state in the U.S. that you had to have a Spanish resident address when you have your meeting?

Is this true? We plan to stay at an AirBnB for a few weeks while we look for an apartment to rent.

Thank you so much. Can't wait to be in our new home.
Why don't you give the address of the AirBnB as your initial address. If they ask you whether this is your permanent address you can tell them it is your INITIAL address until you find your PERMANENT residence address. It's a play on words but in my experience they just want to / need to tick the box of their forms.
Good luck with the move.

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