I am an Indian citizen studying in the US on an f-1 visa. My program end date is 14th of December 2018, and I am going back to India on the 19th of December. My travel plans - India to Spain 24th of December Spain to India 4th of January This means I don't have enough time to apply for a Spain visa from the consulate in India. So I have to apply from the Spanish consulate in DC. However, while talking to the DC consulate, the person on the phone said since my i20/f-1 expires on the 14th of December, I can't apply for a visa from within the US. But I don't understand why this is a problem since I am returning to India - my home country, not the US, from Spain. From what I read online, someone successfully got a visa in a similar situation (they showed a ticket back to their home country). Is there anything I can do here?