If you wish to acquire Spanish nationality but have doubts regarding the process to follow, do not miss our next article.


In Spain there are common requirements to be fulfilled for acquiring Spanish nationality with full legal validity, requirements without which such acquisition will not take place. Welex, lawyers and accountants in Marbella provide you with information on the common requirements for such acquisition.


How to acquire Spanish nationality


The Spanish nationality can be acquired by different means, as stated in the Spanish law. In this regard, Spanish nationality can be acquired by birth, adoption, option, naturalisation and exceptional circumstances, always according to the discretionary criteria of the government by means of a Royal Decree. It is also acquired by legal residence in Spain under the terms established by law.


Once the events that originate the right have occurred and, prior to acquisition, the interested party must appear at the public administration to carry out a series of actions for the acquisition of this nationality, without which it will not be acquired.


Requirements for acquiring Spanish nationality by option, naturalisation or residence:


The following cases are common requirements for the validity of the acquisition of Spanish nationality by option, naturalisation or residence:


acquiring Spanish nationality

  1.  That the individual older than fourteen years of age and capable of providing a declaration on his or her own behalf, swears or promises loyalty to the King and obedience to the Constitution and the laws.
  2. That the same person declares to renounce his or her former nationality. This requirement does not apply to nationals of the countries mentioned in Article 24(1) and to Sephardim originating in Spain.
  3. That the acquisition is registered in the Spanish Civil Registry.

Failure to appear before the Civil Registrar or the lack of statements to this effect will result in the closing of the administrative file for the acquisition of Spanish nationality, leading the interested party, in the best of cases, back to starting point.


Therefore, if you have initiated or wish to initiate a procedure for acquiring Spanish nationality, do not hesitate to contact our law firm. At Welex, lawyers and accountants in Spain, a lawyer expert in nationalities will assist you.