Have you lost your Spanish nationality and would like to know if you can recover it?

Do not worry, in Spain it is possible to recover your Spanish nationality. From Welex, lawyers and accountants in Marbella we inform you. As you can see in other posts in this blog, the Spanish legal system establishes the requirements for the acquisition of Spanish nationality. However, it also establishes a series of situations in which, in accordance with the law, this nationality can be lost. Consequently, a person who has acquired Spanish nationality, or those Spaniards by origin who have renounced to it, may apply to recover Spanish nationality by means of a governmental procedure for the recovery of nationality.


Recover your Spanish nationality

In order to do so, the interested party must meet a series of requirements contained in the Civil Code. In this way, Article 26 provides the necessary information.

It is possible to recover Spanish nationality by fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Be a legal resident in Spain. This requirement does not apply to emigrants or children of emigrants. In other cases, it may be waived by the Minister of Justice in exceptional circumstances.
  2. To declare before the Civil Registry official his or her wish to recover the nationality.
  3. Register the recovery in the Civil Register.


Recovering Spanish nationality after having lost it as a penalty.

Despite what is stated in this article, the recovery of Spanish nationality requires another requirement when it has been lost as a penalty. In this regard, we invite you to consult the specific entry on the loss of Spanish nationality as a penalty in our blog. This requirement is indicated in the second paragraph of the article, which states:


2. Those who are involved in any of the cases provided in the previous article may not recover or acquire, as the case may be, Spanish nationality without prior authorisation granted at the discretion of the Government.


For all this, an administrative procedure will be carried out in which, in order to guarantee the best protection of your interests, it is advisable to be assisted by an expert lawyer.


For this reason, if you have lost your Spanish nationality and wish to recover it, do not hesitate to contact our law firm. At Welex, lawyers and accountants in Spain, a lawyer expert in nationalities will be able to help you.