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How to apply for a Non-Lucrative visa (NLV)

AlexPosted by Alex on Thu Jul 1, 2021 1:12pm in Padron, residencia and passport advice
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Kimmy (one of our members) asked Steve1686 to write a guide about his experience of applying for an NLV, as he's the first member to have achieved it:

"My wife and I applied for a NLV; we started the process in late February time.  I set a time limit out of what I needed etc.  I was very new to this but decided I would give it a go and do it myself rather than paying stupid fees to agencies.

So here goes:

Price - the fee is £516 per person this is paid at the consulate when you have your initial appointment 

Private medical insurance - this has to be taken out prior to your appointment.  Ours was 8th April, our policy started 1st April, cost approx 1400 euros for both of us - you need a copy when you attend your appointment and it must be a Spanish company. 

Documents - 2 x application forms with 2 x passport forms; these don’t need translation. 

EX01 form and 1 copy - if you go on line and google the form, there's a cheat sheet explaining how to complete it.

790 form as above 

Other documents required:

Medical certificate with apostille stamp and a sworn translation.  The sworn translation doesn’t need the stamp, it needs to be within 3 months of application.  There is a template which you can give your GP; only thing they have to do is sign and stamp it.

Police Check as per above https://www.acro.police.uk/police_certificates.aspx

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There’s the link 

If married, marriage certificate, again as above apostille and translated.

Last 3 months bank statements. These DO NOT need translating; however, what I did I can a notary just to put his stamp on them.  I felt this just added a little extra to the document which I feel is the main focus of the NLV.

I have recently retired and so I had my pension statement apostilled and translated.

Finance minimum 32k pee couple this doesn’t have to be income it can be a combination of savings etc.

Copy of passport main page

So what did I do 

I googled a local notary in my area went to see him with the above documents that needed the apostille stamp left them with him he sent them away and they came back within 4 days 

I also gave him my bank statements he put his notary stamp on them.

He gave me the contact details of a local translation company I emailed them a copy of the documents that needed translating they did this then the translators visited the notary and did the swearing iof the documentation in front of the notary.

All done 

I emailed the consulate in Manchester my wife and I did individual ones as stated on the website however this is not necessary one email is ok however each applicant needs individual documents.

We had our appointment on the 8th April the appointment was very relaxed I had completed a few extra documents these weren’t required the staff extremely helpful.

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We paid the fee our passports were handed over and told we would hear something within 15 -20 days

I received an email on Monday to say we had the application accepted I received an email yesterday stating I could collect our passports I attended today and picked them up we had stated on our application form we wanted the visa to commence 25th May and this is the case on the stamp.

If you take a addressed envelope with you to your appointment the staff will post your passports back to you this is something I picked up today.

I have contacted my solicitor in Spain who is going to assist me with the 2nd stage of the application I feel they have the knowledge and contacts over there and so that’s where ii have decided to pay someone to help me.

The process over here for two of us with visa fee,medical insurance and notary and translating fees aporox £2700

My thoughts at the start I didn’t have a clue what to do I sat down thought about it did a little research and completed it alone in the end it was stress free and fairly simple I think if you give yourself a month for everything the main issue for me was getting my GP to sign the forms not though they wouldn’t it was just a little hassle getting them to do it Covid etc.

Yeah it’s fairly pricey but if you want yo live your dreams then it’s well worth it I must admit I did feel a sense of achievement this morning when we collected them.

Obviously this is based on Manchester consulate I am aware others may differ slightly.

Hope this helps everyone; I know there is a lot of posts on here what is needed etc., but that's it."


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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 1:40pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 1:40pm

Thank you Steve, this is great and will be invaluable to members looking to make the move to Spain. 👍🤪🥂

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 1:51pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 1:51pm

Thank you Alex...

After reading this post, it is all becoming VERY complicated, and really, I am unable to cope with it any further!

EVERYTHING that you need to do, is 'finance' based!

What was that...More then 500 euros, just for ONE transaction?

I wanted to buy another property, so the bank advised me, that it would be a minimum of 750 euros 'set up fee'! What the hell is that? Because of their sheer greed, I abandoned my plans!

The 'Spanish dream' is now turning into a NIGHTMARE! I wanna go home!😅🅱️.

elinspain

Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 2:37pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 2:37pm

Hello Steve

 You are a star! Only someone who has completed the process could provide all that information.

I've lived here for 18years  & you will be soon ,  but thank you on behalf of everyone who wants to join us, and will find your  detailed experience  & advice invaluable.

Cheers

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 3:19pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 3:19pm

Hello Steve

Thats really useful thank you. How long is the visa valid for and do you know if you have to repeat this whole process every time it expires?

Regards

P.

Kimmy11

Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 3:20pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 3:20pm

Many thanks, Steve, for writing this great guide and thank you also, Alex, for making sure it´s now located in the Tips & Guides section.  I´m sure this is going to be so helpful to other members going forward.

Kind regards,

Kim

steve1686

Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 3:29pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 3:29pm

petronius4 wrote on Thu Jul 1, 2021 3:19pm:

Hello Steve

Thats really useful thank you. How long is the visa valid for and do you know if you have to repeat this whole process every time it expires?

Regards

P.

Hi initial one year then the 2nd and 3rd are for 2 years each I don’t think it will be as complex and can be done from Spain 

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 5:50pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 5:50pm

steve1686 wrote on Thu Jul 1, 2021 3:29pm:

Hi initial one year then the 2nd and 3rd are for 2 years each I don’t think it will be as complex and can be done from Spain 

Well done Steve. 

I've been watching the Q&A's on this subject for some time and it's good to hear so accurately from someone who's done it.

My observations for what it's worth?

Very expensive and will deter many people from applying because they either can't cope with what is a heap of Admin or won't have the perseverance or the basic ability to do it. 

In terms of the overall cost, people should remember that Private Health Insurance was always required under the old Residencia application process so this is not a "new" cost. (Although it would be for people who winged it previously on an EHIC card!)

I was very surprised to hear about the Passports being held during the application. Not life ending but some people may travel regularly on business.

Again, well done and welcome to your new life in Spain!

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 6:49pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 6:49pm

dinnerout wrote on Thu Jul 1, 2021 5:50pm:

Well done Steve. 

I've been watching the Q&A's on this subject for some time and it's good to hear so accurately from someone who's done it.

My observations for what it's worth?

Very expensive and will deter many people from applying because they either can't cope with what is a heap of Admin or won't have the perseverance or the basic ability to do it. 

In terms of the overall cost, people should remember that Private Health Insurance was always required under the old Residencia application process so this is not a "new" cost. (Although it would be for people who winged it previously on an EHIC card!)

I was very surprised to hear about the Passports being held during the application. Not life ending but some people may travel regularly on business.

Again, well done and welcome to your new life in Spain!

Hi Steve

As you say, not without its difficulties.

I’ve nearly got my ducks in a row; just a couple of hiccups keeping us here in the U.K., then, hopefully, it’ll be España here we come 💃🤪🥂

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 9:09pm

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Posted: Thu Jul 1, 2021 9:09pm

Angebadge wrote on Thu Jul 1, 2021 6:49pm:

Hi Steve

As you say, not without its difficulties.

I’ve nearly got my ducks in a row; just a couple of hiccups keeping us here in the U.K., then, hopefully, it’ll be España here we come 💃🤪🥂

Hi Steve,

what form of payment do the consulate accept when paying the £516 fees?

Ta.

M.

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