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Processing Spanish Nationality & Citizenship by residency

If you are a permanent resident in Spain, you may be able to gain full Spanish Nationality by Residence. Benefit from all of the advantages of full Spanish and European citizenship.

Let’s open doors for you and your family!

Wondering how to get the Spanish nationality by residence? We can help you get it in record time.

What are the benefits of claiming Spanish Nationality by Residency?

  • Permanent citizenship, with all of the living and working rights of a Spanish and European citizen, including the right to vote.
  • A Spanish passport, known as one of the most powerful in the world, giving visa free access to more than 130 countries worldwide, as well as complete freedom of movement within the Schengen area.
  • Open the path for your family to enjoy the same benefits.

When can you apply?

In most cases, you can apply for Spanish Citizenship by Residency after living in Spain continuously for 10 years. There are some exceptions where the requirement is shorter:

  • After 5 years’ residence in Spain – if you obtained residence through refugee status.
  • After 2 years’ residence in Spain – if your current nationality is a Latin American country, Andorra, the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea, Portugal or you can prove Sephardic origin.
  • After 1 year’s residence in Spain – if you were born in Spain, have Spanish parents, have married a Spanish citizen, or fulfil any of the criteria of Spanish Nationality by descent but hadn’t previously applied for nationality.

Choose Carbray! We have helped hundreds of clients in the same situation as you!

At Carbray we know that your nationality  process is not just about the paperwork. It means open doors and exciting opportunities. It means a new future.

If you’ve spent hours online studying the legal requirements for your situation, comparing outdated information on faceless websites, and getting lost in bureaucratic jargon, you can stop your search here.

Our team of nationality lawyers in Spain have been creating a smooth, speedy and stress free path for our clients for more than a decade. We’ll guide you through the whole process, so you can take this important step in your life confident that every detail has been taken care of by an expert.

Our next success story is yours.

Process with CARBRAY

Having guided hundreds of applicants to successfully obtain Spanish citizenship, our lawyers have all the contacts and know-how to make the process completely stress free for you. The Carbray team will be with you every step of the way, so that you can relax knowing the whole process is in expert hands.

How we work:

  • Initial review to confirm that you are eligible and advise you on the best procedure for for obtaining your Spanish Citizenship by Residency. 
  • Full instructions and breakdown of every document necessary necessary in your exact case, information on format and translation requirements, as well as detailed guidance on completing the application form. Our team meticulously checks everything is correct before submitting. 
  • Progress tracking – we are constantly in touch with the appropriate embassies and authorities to make sure you never miss a notification or a deadline. Our knowledge and contacts both in Spain and with Spanish embassies abroad mean you get the right appointment at the right office with less waiting time. 
  • Dedicated member of our team available throughout the process of opting for Spanish Nationality. We’re here to help with any questions or problems you may have. 
  • Service that goes beyond the application confirmation – once your application has been accepted, we’ll also oversee the process of getting your Spanish passport so you can access all the benefits as soon as possible

What are the requirements?

Although the documentation is quite simple, the criteria are slightly different in each circumstance. Our team will guide you on exactly which documents, formats and specifications you need to submit according to your exact case, for example:

  • Documentation demonstrating the criteria, if you have a reduced residence requirement (5, 2 or 1 year). 
  • Exam certificates – some applicants will need to take a Spanish language and Spanish history & culture exam. We will give you all of the information on whether you need to take these and how to apply for them.
  • Completed application form & receipt of paid fee.
  • Necessary personal documentation – current identification and residence permit for Spain, demonstration of sufficient funds etc. 

Find out more about how we will help you every step of the way. 

You’re in good hands!

Meet some of our team members

Sezen Turkkanlar

Immigration | Nationality

Iris Galván

Immigration | Nationality | Global Mobility

Daniela Jerez

Immigration | Nationality

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Don't take our word for it! Check out what our former clients have to say about us!

Sara NiegoSara Niego
17:18 31 Jul 22
We have received an exceptional help and advise on purchasing a property in southern Spain from Sandra and Julia. The entire process can be quite complicated however the Carbray personnel made it easy and smooth. We would recommend their services to our friends and family.
S. ParkS. Park
12:56 25 May 22
I have over 20+ years of experience working with various kinds of lawyers in New York, Boston, Zurich, Barcelona and Tokyo. Evelyn Romero was hands down the best immigration attorney! Evelyn is extremely knowledgeable and proactive with impeccable attention to detail, responsive and personable communication, and a kind and professional approach. I’m very happy I found her and I highly recommend Evelyn Romero to anyone looking for a highly skilled, no hassle immigration attorney.
Nick AmadoNick Amado
09:41 17 May 22
I have been working with Carbray for several years, since they assisted with the initial visa application for my life in Spain. All of the attorneys that have worked with me for the last four years have been professional, forthright and prompt in their replies. If you are looking for knowledgeable and professional people to help guide you through the daunting process of dealing with a new government to process your immigration, I can recommend Carbray International with the highest degree of confidence!
Kim BingleyKim Bingley
09:57 13 May 22
We cannot thank Carbray enough for all their help and support throughout our NLV process. Magdalena and her team have been so amazing and so helpful and we couldn't have done this without them. They reply to every phone call and email instantly and are always there to help through what can be quite a stressful process at times. I would recommend Carbray to anyone thinking about starting to apply for their Spanish visa!!
Anne-Laure GoryAnne-Laure Gory
11:57 02 May 22
Laia Fernandez has done an outstanding job with my divorce case and I can not thank you enough for that. She was able to explain to me all the steps very clearly and was very proactive. She really made it simple & transparent. The fact that she is bilingual (English/Spanish) also helped a lot !Thank you once again Laia for everything !
helen mayallhelen mayall
11:41 02 May 22
We used Carbray International Law Firm to obtain NLV Visas for Spain. I’m so glad we did! We were allocated our own Lawyer Magdalena Barrueto, and she was always at hand to guide us through the process and answer any of our questions or concerns.I would recommend this Law firm without hesitation.Excellent service, no messing and timely. I would definitely use again.
08:41 14 Feb 22
We applied for a 1 year non-lucrative visa, the visa team led by Magdalena Barrueto provided a first-class exceptional service to us. The process of applying for the visa is long and complex, however with the professionalism, expertise, guidance and support of the team we successfully received our visas. The team led us through the process in a clear and concise way, providing important support with the translation of documents. We cannot recommend Carbray highly enough.
Gregory RodriguezGregory Rodriguez
19:05 23 Jan 22
Dealing with the bureaucracy in Spain can be intimidating for newcomers. It’s also confusing! This is particularly true when applying for residency. Carbray International did an excellent job shepherding my wife and me through the process. We’re very pleased with their work and recommend their services in the highest possible terms.
Dan SDan S
12:53 05 Jan 22
They held our hands through out the whole process of becoming a citizen of Spain. Amazing service. Thank you so much for all your help
Sachin ShahSachin Shah
13:39 05 Nov 21
Carbray International Law Firm was an absolute god send. I am so delighted with the outcome of my case. My lawyer, Magdalena was very efficient, was able to communicate and be very knowledgeable about the subject matter at hand. Furthermore, Michelle who assisted me on the day was very charismatic and friend to calm my nerves. Both of them made my application process extremely easy. I would not hesitate to recommend Carbray.

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