Can I apply for Spanish passport?

Spain does not recognizes dual passport with most of the countries, being one of them, the UK. Can I apply for Spanish passport?

However, If you are British citizen and your father is Spanish, you should be considered Spanish by origin. However, if you have never had Spanish passport you might have lost your Spanish nationality and you can apply for its recovery.

If it is your mother who is Spanish and you were born after the Spanish Constitution, the situation is exactly the same.

However, if you are the son or the daughter of a Spanish mother and you were born before the Spanish Constitution, you are not considered Spanish by origin, because at that time only men transferred the nationality to the children. In that case, you can opt for Spanish nationality.

These are two different routes to obtain Spanish nationality i.e. the recovery and the option, which proceeding is very similar, but is not the same.

Claudia Font


Spanish Desk

gunnercooke llp

Claudia is a dual-qualified Spanish lawyer and English solicitor duly registered with the Law Society of Barcelona, Spain as well as the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales. She has practised for over 15 years and she focuses on advising English clients with Spanish interests and also Spanish companies with interests in the UK. Prior to joining gunnercooke, Claudia worked in a number of leading Spanish firms in her native Barcelona, before founding her own firm.

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