In 2019, there have been some changes in the requirements for obtaining Spanish nationality. Below, we will summarise some of the most important novelties.

Period of legal residence

From now on, if an applicant has a residence card in Spain with a nationality for which 10 years of residence are required but also has another nationality for which only 2 years of legal residence are needed, they will be able to take advantage of this reduced term (2 years).

Computation of Spain’s absences 

The old system allowed for the applicants to spend no more than a total of 6 months outside of Spain during the required 10 years (for foreigners requiring 10 years of legal residence prior to application), and a total of 3 months in the computation of 1 or 2 years for all other cases.

From now on, it will only be required that the absence has not been for 6 continuous months or 3 continuous months depending on the case. In other words, there can be several departures in 10 years that, in total, exceed 6 months, but the requirement of continuity will be understood to be fulfilled as long as none of these departures exceeds 6 continuous months. Therefore, there will be more travel flexibility for foreigners. 

In case the applicant becomes illegal during the process

Another of the changes refers to the case where the applicant finds themselves without a residence permit during the process. While this was previously a cause for refusal, now it will not be anymore. 

If a foreigner fulfils the requirements at the time of the application for nationality but at a later moment loses their residence permit, for example, by not renewing it, the application for nationality may still be resolved in their favour.

Dispensation of Spanish nationality examinations

It is no longer necessary to apply for exemption from the examination if you have studied Compulsory Secondary Education, vocational training, bachelor or university studies in Spain. Along with the application for nationality, the titles that accredit the passing of these studies will be provided and the nationality will be resolved without the need to take the exams.

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