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Old Jul 6th 2021, 10:08 pm
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I'm a British citizen hoping to move to Spain next year on a Non Lucrative Visa. After I have been granted the visa (I realise I will need to renew it again), how long will it be before I can apply for Spanish citizenship?

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Old Jul 6th 2021, 10:51 pm
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Citizenship, 10 years after you become resident. Residency, I think you mean, as soon as you arrive and have all the necessary ducks lined up.
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Old Jul 6th 2021, 11:04 pm
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Also remember that Spain doesn't allow dual citizenship to someone holding British citizenship, so you will have to agree to give up British passport.
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Old Jul 7th 2021, 12:37 pm
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Also remember that Spain doesn't allow dual citizenship to someone holding British citizenship, so you will have to agree to give up British passport.
I have Spanish Citizenship, I did not have to surrender my British passport, I had to sign a document renouncing my U.K. nationality.

In the eyes of the Spanish authorities, I am now Spanish,

In the eyes fo the U.K. I have dual nationality.

However I have not renewed my U.K. passport, the Spanish one was far cheaper, 26 €uros.
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Old Jul 7th 2021, 2:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Boseley View Post
However I have not renewed my U.K. passport, the Spanish one was far cheaper, 26 €uros.
But is it blue?
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Old Jul 7th 2021, 2:39 pm
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But is it blue?
Dammit!! I'd forgotten about that, it's that horrible red colour, yuk.
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Old Jul 7th 2021, 3:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Boseley View Post
I have Spanish Citizenship, I did not have to surrender my British passport, I had to sign a document renouncing my U.K. nationality.

In the eyes of the Spanish authorities, I am now Spanish,

In the eyes fo the U.K. I have dual nationality.

However I have not renewed my U.K. passport, the Spanish one was far cheaper, 26 €uros.
Just keep your UK Pasport safe you can renew anytime if you have the need to.
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While many people simply hold on to their UK passport upon naturalising as Spanish citizen, your UK passport is completely disregarded in Spain and you are simply regarded as Spanish and nothing else. There is no problem about it, except in the unlikely event of Spain and UK starting a war, and as Spanish citizen you will be expected to follow whatever legitimate command of the government, including serving in Spanish armed forces. There is a new law going through Cortes strengthening this aspect of Spanish law.
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