Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte - Gobierno de España

Embassy of Spain Education Office

No Objection Letters

Application Procedure

1. The waiver application must be initiated with the U.S. Department of State (Waiver Review Division) so to obtain a case number. More information

2. Once a case number has been obtained, the following documents should be sent to the Education Office by email to nol.usa@mecd.es  in a .pdf file:

  • Letter addressed to the Embassy of Spain in which you state your interest and reason for staying in the U.S. and that the Two-year Rule that accompanies J-1 visas should be waived
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of all J-1 visas
  • Copy of all DS-2019 forms
  • Third Party Barcode page with the case number (Sample )
  • Contact information: You must specify your full name, address and a telephone number in the United States (or in Spain if you are not currently residing in USA) as well as an email address. We also advise you to include a supplementary email address if applicable.
  • A sworn statement stating whether you are or not a civil servant of the government of Spain or of the governments of any of its provinces. In the affirmative, please specify the name of the autonomous community and your employee identification number (Personal Registry Number). It does not need to be notarized.

3. The original version of the following document must be sent by regular mail to:

Embassy of Spain - Education Office
2375 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20037

  • Formal employment offer, stating a specific starting date for a minimum of 1 year and immediately after your visa’s expiration date. In case of studies in the U.S., proof of enrollment or admission into college.
    • Please note: copies of this document will not be accepted.

In case of marriage with a U.S. citizen, provide a copy of the marriage certificate and a copy of the spouse’s U.S. passport.

Processing Time

The processing time to issue a No Objection Letter may be up to six weeks once all the required documents have been submitted.

Explanatory notes

• After reviewing each application and once it is complete, the Embassy issues the No Objection Statement and mails it to the Department of State. The applicant will be notified via email once it is sent, and will receive a copy of the letter.

• After the No Objection Statement is sent, it is the Department of State’s responsibility to decide whether or not to grant the waiver and notify the applicant concerning its decision. The Embassy does not have information concerning the amount of time the Department of State may take regarding this decision.

• The No Objection Statement itself only reflects that the Spanish government does not oppose the individual staying in the United States. Therefore, it is not comparable to the waiver, and does not replace it in any case.

• For additional information about the waiver process, please contact the Department of State.
 

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