How to successfully obtain Spanish nationality


How to understand and avoid rejection of your Spanish citizenship application and how to successfully obtain Spanish nationality

If you are dreaming of Spanish citizenship but fear your application might get rejected, here you can learn the most common mistakes that lead to denials and ensure a smooth process.

  • Failure to Meet Residency Requirements
    the foundation of citizenship application lies in meeting residency timeframes (1, 2, 5, or 10 years). A day’s difference can result in denial. Be diligent and submit at the right moment.
  • Stay Periods of Residency
    Remember, periods spent on tourist or student visas don’t count towards the required residency duration. Only time with a valid residence card matters.
  • Continuous Residency is a Must
    for a seamless process, avoid staying outside Spain for more than the permitted period. Its three months for shorter residencies and six months for the 10-year requirement.
  • A Clean Record
    a criminal or police record can halt your application. Stay on the right side of the law, and if you have any previous record in Spain, clear it before applying.
  • Register Together
    if applying for citizenship through marriage, ensure both you and your spouse have been jointly registered at the same address for at least a year.
  • Error-Free Documents
    Submission of incorrect or outdated documents leads to delays or even rejection. Seek professional assistance to ensure all paperwork is precise and well-processed.
  • Respond to Requests Promptly
    Should the Ministry ask for additional documents, respond quickly and correctly. Ignoring or delaying the response can lead to rejection.

What If Your Application Gets Rejected?

In case of a denied application, don’t lose hope. You can either file an appeal or resubmit the application. We recommend that you seek guidance from a law firm to determine the best course of action.

To secure your Spanish citizenship, avoid these 7 mistakes and consult an expert to navigate the process effectively. We’re here to assist you on your journey to becoming a Spanish national.

Please see-here our video-blog with options and legal-advice to obtain residency in Spain.

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Permanent residency is obtained after 5 years of Spanish Residency through Self-Employed Residency, Digital-Nomad, Non-Lucrative Residency or Golden-Visa. This followed by 5 years as a permanent resident in Spain and means you can then obtain Spanish Citizenship with a Spanish Passport.

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