I (Spanish citizen) is currently living abroad with my girlfriend. We want to make a relatively long trip to Spain and, if possible, it would be difficult to collect enough money to prove that she had visa means for such a long trip. My plan was to act as a sponsor, avoiding, hopefully, sending money to his bank account (as that would mean wasting money on an international transfer) .
This poses a seemingly simple question: Can I, as a Spanish citizen, declare that I will cover all his expenses during his stay in the country?
I assumed that the answer would be Yessince I guess sponsorship is a common thing. However, I did ask this question to my local consulate just in case that's where things got confused. On the one hand, I got this answer from them (translated from spanish):
(…) the invitations of Spanish residents can in no way replace the accreditation by the interested party of compliance with the obligation to declare their own economic resources. Anyone who invites a foreigner to Spain can take the responsibility, if they wish, of their accommodation, but never the expenses of stay that their stay can imply.
On the other hand, I checked the document on the consulate website detailing the documentation required for a Schengen tourist visa application. The section on economic means states the following:
Confirmation of employment (with salary information) or, failing that, any other economic means accreditation and intention to return (for example, an extract from a bank account (…) or proof of sponsorship).
So my question remains unanswered. I do not really know how to proceed since both answers come from the same supposedly reliable source (Spanish consulate). Which one should I trust?