About 69,000 people received Spanish nationality around the world, especially in Latin America, as a result of the Democratic Memory Law in the first ten months since its inception.according to diplomatic sources consulted by Europa Press.
As of August 31, the sources determined, the Spanish consular offices approved almost 69,000 applications for the acquisition of nationality in accordance with the provisions of the law, which came into effect a year ago.
Until now, The consulate general in Havana is the one that approves the most nationalities, with almost 15,000 applications endorsed, followed by Mexico City, with more than 8,500. Next is the consulate general in the Argentine city of Córdoba, with almost 5,700 approved applications, followed by those in Santiago de Chile and those in the Argentine cities of Rosario and Mendoza, the three with more than 4,100 nationalities given.
The rhythm of granting nationality in accordance with the Democratic Memory Law seems to be maintained, based on the data known at this time. Three months after the regulation was implemented, on January 31, there were 12,800, while after five months, on March 31, the number stood at about 26,500.
The time to benefit from the provisions of the Democratic Memory Law, which went into effect on October 21, 2022, is two years.although an extension of another year is possible, under the prior agreement of the Council of Ministers of the Government of Spain.
In January of this year, when less than three months had passed since the regulations came into force, must be recognized by the state company Correos de Cuba in a statement that The severe shortage of stamps experienced in the Island is due to the high demand due to Spanish law.
Lawyers who spoke to DIARIO DE CUBA pointed out that while the Historical Memory Law of 2007 only allows minors to choose for nationality, now the sons or daughters—not grandchildren—of those who became Spanish naturalized under the protection of the law can also get it. .mentioned a provision, and who was not there because they were not minors.
but Also the children, regardless of age, of those naturalized by this Democratic Memory Law can acquire Spanish nationality.pointed out the Cuban-Spanish lawyer Estela Marina Pérez, general director of the Aristeo Group.
According to the lawyer, the basic documents of the procedure are the birth certificates of the interested party, his father or mother and his grandfather or grandmother; the grandmother’s marriage certificate, as well as the death certificate, if she died. Finding them is the basic thing people need to do today.
For his part, Guillermo Morales Catá, general director of Legal Team, a law firm based in Barcelona, Cubans can submit their application directly to the Spanish Consulate in Havana or hire a professional in Spanish territory so that it can be presented in digital format directly to the Ministry of Justice. The lawyer recommends the second, because it is faster.
Many Cubans resort to this route to escape the crisis the Island is going through by emigrating.although there are many who, despite having Spanish nationality, remain in Cuba.