Guidelines for Sephardic Citizenship in SpainNote: This process for obtaining Spanish citizenship is no longer available


Background

Recently enacted legislation permitting the conferral of Spanish nationality on  Sephardic Jews came into force on October 15th, 2015. Law 12/2015 establishes a new process by which all  those who can prove that they are descendants of Sephardic Jews and who have a special connection with Spain may obtain Spanish nationality.  

The application can be made online via the website of the Ministry of Justice and, as well as the conditions just mentioned, must demonstrate an understanding of the Spanish language. to level A2 or higher, (being exempt those applicants who are nationals of Spanish-speaking countries) as well as Knowledge of the Spanish Constitution and Sociocultural Practices.

The legislation is considered to be an act of atonement for the expulsion of Jews from Spain at the end of the 15th century. These Jews were known as Sefardí in the Hebrew tongue, meaning ‘Spanish’. They were given the option of conversion to Christianity or expulsion from their country. The descendants of the Sephardic Jews that were originally expelled are now believed to be numbered in the millions.

Related Services

20 Lawyers Offering Immigration Services in Spain

Testimonials for our Immigration service
  • Carly Balmana
    Carly Balmana, Malaga

    Alvaro was super patient with me and understanding. He was also very thorough in his explanation and answered any question that I had. I would refer him to my friends and seek service again if I ever need the help.


    Sep 09, 2020
  • Rasha Bousaad
    Rasha Bousaad, Barcelona

    he is professional in all points mentioned above, I am so happy with dealing with Raffaele, he always gives me the required information.


    Apr 17, 2020
  • Gary Hamilton
    Gary Hamilton , Murcia

    Inma was extremely helpful in explaining the immigration process and guiding us throughout, including accompanying us to our appointment with the 'Police' for our residency cards. Everything worked out well, all thanks to Inma.


    She knows the local requirements very well and made sure we had everything prepared to ensure a successful application. Muchos Gracias Inma!


    Feb 07, 2020
  • Héctor Faya
    Héctor Faya, Mexico

    Viviana dealt with my issue in a very professional and caring manner. She did everything possible to help me.


    Jul 24, 2019
  • John Neder
    John Neder, Cadiz

    Francisco was very helpful with our enquiries. His level of English was excellent and we were very satisfied with the level of service we received.


    Mar 06, 2019
  • Mark Potgieter
    Mark Potgieter, Palma

    Rosa was a great help!


    Jan 23, 2019
  • Campbell Reynolds
    Campbell Reynolds, Spain

    We were very satisfied with the service provided by our lawyer Sabela.


    She was very accomodating, quick response to everything while thinking outside the box for solutions. Also, her English was more or less fluent.


    Oct 22, 2018
  • Michele Jansen van Vuuren
    Michele Jansen van Vuuren, Benajarafe

    Alvaro was extremely helpful, he couldn't have done more. Very quick to respond to my query.


    Only issue was that some of the documents I needed to provide were not mentioned. However, would definitely recommend his services to friends.


    Oct 13, 2018
  • Kashif
    Kashif, Eibar

    I found Viviana very committed and professional. She also replied back very quickly on all our queries.


    The service I received was really good. My lawyer explained the law to me and assisted me very well.


    Jan 21, 2017
  • Pamela Jakeway
    Pamela Jakeway, Carchel

    I am very satisfied with the service provided by Alvaro.


    He was very helpful with a good personality.


    Jul 14, 2016
  • Ted Purdom
    Ted Purdom, Mallorca

    Rosa demonstrated a strong understanding of my legal predicament and provided me with a service that has been unmatched in my attempt to find a solution.


    She was extremely prompt in her response to my emails. I must also note that I have yet to meet an individual so easily approachable, as well as professional.


    I say this with complete honesty, the services provided by Rosa were extremely helpful.


    Certainly worth every penny spent and I intend to enlist her services in the future.


    Jan 05, 2015
  • Mealem Yehouda
    Mealem Yehouda, Mallorca

    There really isn’t anything that I could think that would improve the service – it was perfect.


    Jun 28, 2014