One of the most well-known European countries, Spain is located along the Iberian Peninsula in southern Europe. With vibrant sporting atmospheres, a remarkable 47 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, rich history in fine art, vibrant fiestas, and elaborate architecture, it is not surprising that it is one of the most frequently visited countries in the world.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can reclaim your Spanish citizenship through your family lineage.
Number of Ways to Apply
The Spanish government has just recently created a new law which allows prospective citizens to claim citizenship by descent up to 3 generations back. This means that if you meet the requirements to receive a Spanish passport, you would be able to live, work, and study in any of the 28 countries throughout the European Union with no restrictions.
Now that Spain’s laws surrounding citizenship by descent have changed, many people whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents were born in Spain qualify for Spanish citizenship through descent. Below are the personal requirements you must meet, as well as the documentation you must be able to present.
To meet the requirements for Spanish citizenship, you must:
Be the grandchild of a Spanish ancestor who was born in Spain and married to a foreigner before the implementation of the 1978 Constitution.
Be the child of a parent who received nationality by origin in 2017, but were at the time too young to apply (under 18 in 2017).
Be the grandchild of a Spanish ancestor who obtained citizenship in another country.
Have been eligible and of age to reclaim citizenship in 2017, but originally decided against it.
To apply for Spanish citizenship, you must have the appropriate documents in order, and of which must be translated into Spanish. You must be able to provide translated copies of:
Your own birth certificate
The birth certificate(s) and other relevant documents of your direct Spanish ancestor