I don't see any duplicates in the suggestions, but some of my previous questions (listed below) are somewhat related.
Consulate website says I can have a “duly accredited representative” do my visa application—but only under certain circumstances. Otherwise, I have to personally go to Houston both to apply, and to pick up the visa. And that they keep my passport, preventing me from taking advantage of the ninety-day no-visa option (citizen of USA) while I wait.
Furthermore, as part of the application, I have to include a lease or purchase agreement proving that I already have a place to live in Spain. (Spain has no hotels?) So I am supposed to go to Spain, buy or lease a home, then return to USA for two or more months to get permission to live in it! (And pay for it for those two months that I am not using it!)
They say that all documents must have “certified” translations into Spanish. Does that mean I’m not allowed to translate them myself even though my Spanish is good enough to survive in remote parts of Mexico, Spain, and Peru for periods of time? (BTDT)
And I'm puzzled to see on another forum someone claiming that the consulate’s website is wrong, that English is good enough and you don’t need an appointment.
I already have a ticket to Barcelona for 8 Jan 2017. Is there any way i can avoid coming back for two months after finding an apartment? Even going into France, England, Italy, etc. would be preferable to going all the way to Houston. (I say Houston because I have a mailing address in Oklahoma, even though I don’t currently have a home anywhere.)
I guess I should have also mentioned that my income exceeds the €25K requirement, that I have insurance to return me to USA if some urgent need arises, that my medical coverage covers emergencies anywhere, and that I plan to purchase insurance in Spain for routine care (even though I can afford to be self-pay).
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