The Spanish passport is, according to the VisaGuide.World index, the most powerful in the world. “Power” measures the number of countries that can be accessed without requiring a visa. Spanish nationality continues to be one of the most sought-after by immigrants.
According to the latest data provided by the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security, and Migration, as of 2022, a total of 181,581 foreigners living in Spain have acquired Spanish nationality. Morocco, Colombia, and Ecuador are the countries of origin of immigrants who lead the requests for nationality, which may not be granted in various cases contemplated by the law.
Of all of them, the first is the fact that there is a criminal and/or police record. This is the first reason for the direct denial of nationality. The applicant must have no alleged background in Spain or his country of origin. If you have them, the nationality can be rejected when you start a new application.
Providing incorrect or expired documentation is another reason why the Spanish authorities can withdraw the grant of Spanish nationality. To submit the application, you must have all the necessary documents in order and ensure that they are correct, without the renewal deadline expiring. Staying in our country is another reason why the application for Spanish nationality can be rejected.
Stay and register
In the case of Spain, a minimum period of legal and continuous stay is required, which varies from person to person. It is one year for spouses of Spanish citizens, two for citizens of Ibero-American countries, five years for refugees, and 10 for other foreigners. In addition, the confusion of staying in the study (more than 90 days to be considered legal) with legal residence can also be a reason for rejection.
Like native Spaniards, foreign citizens who wish to obtain Spanish nationality must register in the municipality where they live. Otherwise, the request may be denied. In the case of nationality by marriage to a Spanish citizen, both spouses must be registered.
Incorporate good civic behavior
In 2022, Chamber III of the Supreme Court established a decision that the sufficient “degree of integration with Spanish society required by the Civil Code” was a requirement to obtain Spanish nationality, as well as good civic behavior.
This integration, since 2015, has been accredited through the CCSE exam, prepared by the Cervantes Institute. This body, through various tasks, evaluates the knowledge of the Constitution and the Spanish social and cultural reality of the applicant for nationality. Regarding good civic behavior, it is necessary to prove that neither in Spain nor in the country of origin have any acts been committed that could constitute a crime.