Citizenship Application in Spain

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Alvaro was very personal and courteous. He was also forthright about what the scope of assistance is and for other inquiries such as on taxes, he offered to refer to other specialists. Alvaro is a top professional and we grateful for all of his helpfulness.
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Vicky Tan
15 Mar 2022

Service Details

Citizenship Application

This service is available across Spain

Who Is This Service For?

  1. Anyone lacking the right to reside in Spain, including non-EU citizens, or even those who are legally resident - such as EU citizens - might find it beneficial to initiate a Spanish nationality application.
  2. Obtaining citizenship bestows the right to reside and work not only in Spain but also across the European Union. Additionally, citizens gain voting rights, along with a numerous rights and privileges universally provided to citizens of a nation.
  3. Eligibility for applying includes instances where:
    • Your ancestors or descendants are Spanish
    • You have sustained lawful residence in the nation for a decade or more
    • Spanish citizenship by marriage (often where one or both spouses have been living abroad)
  4. We consider it prudent to consult with a knowledgeable English-speaking immigration lawyer in Spain regarding the application for Spanish citizenship due to potential special regulations and restrictions, ensuring your eligibility.
Who Is This Service For?



  • Citizenship requirements in Spain via residency, applicants typically need to verify legal residence in Spain for ten years, though exceptions apply, reducing the requirement to just two years for nationals of certain countries, especially in South America. 
  • Other avenues, like citizenship by marriage or descent, come with distinct prerequisites. 
  • Successful completion of both the DELE A2 Spanish language exam and the CCSE cultural knowledge test is typically required.


The process required to obtain a Spanish passport and nationality varies depending on the pathway:

  • Through Marriage: A marriage needs to be registered in the civil registry office, followed by the acquisition of legal residency and the application process, which includes multiple required document submissions.
  • Through Residence: Proven lawful residence, successful test completion, and submission of required documents.
  • Through Descent: Ascertain lineage and submit an application with relevant documents proving Spanish ancestry.


  • Engaging experienced, English-speaking legal advisors helps with complex bureaucracy and to avoid common pitfalls. 
  • Our familiarity with Spanish legal requirements, the culture, and the language streamlines the process. 
  • By translating and structuring documentation correctly and promptly addressing any procedural changes or issues, we greatly enhance the likelihood of successful acquisition of Spanish citizenship.

What Does This Service Consist Of?

  • Guidance and support to ensure the applicant has the required documentation and information (according to the basis upon which the application is made - see options above)
  • Advice and assistance completing any citizenship application forms
  • Accompany the applicant before the relevant government offices to process the application
  • Arrange for payment of administrative fee
  • Coordinate with relevant government entities until such time as the application is approved, and you may pick up your new passport and DNI.
What Does This Service Consist Of?

Free Support Services Included

When combined with the free and innovative Advocate Abroad support services you can be sure that you are obtaining completely transparent legal services from registered and regulated English-speaking lawyers abroad.These support services include:

  • Verification of the regulatory status of your professional.
  • Fees as recommended by the Local Professional Body
  • Fees specified in advance and legally guaranteed.
  • Service levels agreed in advance and guaranteed.
  • All professionals must hold professional indemnity insurance.
  • Professionals' proficiency in English monitored.
  • Continuous quality controls and reviews.
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