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Living in Spain podcast 14 – Spain and dual citizenship

In this week’s Living in Spain podcast we chat about why we don’t have dual citizenship 01:27, Jon talks about his time living in Mallorca 13:57, our favourite places to visit in Spain 22:08, if Spain has a problems with squatters 26:46, and why so many Spaniards want to join the public service 37:28.

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  1. I would love to live in Spain for 2 months out of the year. August and September. I love walking and hiking. Weather changes to much after October, so towards the end of summer might still be great.

  2. I was born in Puerto Rico which meant I could get Spanish citizenship after two years of residence and I didn’t have to give up my US citizenship because my “Puerto Rican citizenship” is tied to my US nationality.

  3. Spain allows dual citizenship for sephardic jews, Portugal, Andorra and former Spanish colonies including the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea and LATAM countries. Citizens of these countries are not required to renounce their citizenship. It officially takes 2 years for them to acquire Spanish citizenship instead of 10. US citizens cannot lose their US citizenship by simply renouncing their citizenship and signing papers in Spain. The US will still recognize you as a US citizen which means you still owe US taxes. The US is one of the few countries that requires you to file tax returns for income earned abroad from which you may own US taxes.

  4. Stuart how did you get residency in Spain since you’re not from the EU? I’m from the UK and I’m planning on doing a similar thing to California and I’d like to know how I could live and work there. Thanks for your help.

  5. How do the youth in Spain feel about their prospects of finding a career and making a good life in Spain? Are there any concerns, or do they feel they need to look outside the country? Do the two of you have any legitimate concerns about your own children growing up and finding a good career there, given your concerns about the job market and the economy in general? Excellent podcast, as always!

  6. I was born in Australia and i have the dual citizenship cause both my parents were Spanish.I had to go to the Spanish consulate from time to time to renovar or just plainly let it be known where your current residency is and other associated stuff(like getting a Spanish passport,certificados de alto y baja if i come to Spain for some time etc).It can be handy if i was married to a Spanish woman and possibly working in Spain(good luck with that one),working in Europe(which is not easy as well.Let's say if i were offered a job in Germany from Australia.Then i could use the Spanish passport to work in Germany(if i were lucky enough to get a job in the first place.And then,there's the language barrier.)
    Yeah,a lot of the working age Spaniards dream about having a Government job because of the security,decent wages etc.And many study for years and miss out.Spain is very lucky to be geographically situated where it is and benefits from the handouts it receives from the European Commission.God knows how long it will remain a country with the Catalan region seeking independence.It will probably fracture before Venezuela does!!
    I find it amusing how the Spanish press and right wing politicians have got the knickers in a knot over "The Relator"……..no,it's not the Spanish version of Arnold Schwarzenegger!
    Personally,i find it disgraceful the 'show' trial that's commenced with the Catalan separatists politicians and the long sentences the Spanish Govt are looking to impose on them.While the leader in exile,Carles Puigdemont is somewhere in Belgium or Germany.It looks like Junqueras has been left to hand out to dry.
    Anyway,keep up the good work!

  7. Can you give some detailed advice on becoming autonomo, as an Eu citizen in Spain. What about the tax, social security, etc? How difficult is it, especially when you don’t speak Spanish.

  8. As a Spaniard I was able to get the Australian citizenship and not losing the Spanish. I believe your son should be able to keep both, as long as he confirms he wants to keep the Spanish one. He could always recover it if he was born here. Not sure if it works the other way round.

  9. Hello there. My name is Sam, I came 2 months ago to live in Spain in Malaga. But the bureaucratic procedures is killing me because everything is should be in paper documents and driver license takes for ever to get it in hand and I can't have insurance on my American driver license unless I get spanish one . all this and I still can't work until I get all documents, but to apply for something you have to wait at least 35 day to finish it. Its very very slow life. Sorry for that but people are living very slow and boring life. I think I made a mistake when I came here. But wish me a good luck please.thanks

  10. Thanks for answering questions put forward, some interesting points made.
    Good to know that if staying in Mallorca, might have to learn the local language.
    I think over here in the UK, squatters will have problems moving into residential properties, due to recent changes in the law over the last few years, although I think that commercial buildings are easier for them to stay in.

  11. Dual citizenship is not allowed only when you take Spanish citizenship and you’re not a citizen from a Spanish speaking country (LatAm, Equatorial Guinea, the Philippines + Andorra or Portugal).
    Otherwise, when you’re born Spanish and with any other citizenship you do not have to choose. And if you take another citizenship being a Spaniard, you just need to sign a paper saying that you want to keep your Spanish citizenship. That’s all.

    It’s 10 years for everyone, except for Latin Americans, Andorrans, Portuguese, Equatorial Guineans, Filipinos and Sefardíes (Spanish jews), for them it’s 2 years, and if you’re married to a Spaniard or if you’re born in Spain (or a refugee I think), it’s only 1 year of residence.

    Most countries allow you to relinquish your citizenship. If you get caught using your previous citizenship, you can be stripped off your Spanish one…

  12. No no no, they can have dual citizenship (your daughters) forever. If they are born in Spain and they have already British and Spanish citizenship, there is no need to renounce or choose when they turn 18. I think this is an old rule that was abolished long ago. I’m both French and Spanish, born with the 2 citizenships, and the only thing I had to do, as I was born in France, is when I turned 18 (up until 21) go to the consulate and declare my will to keep my Spanish citizenship. You just sign a document and that’s all. But if they are born in Spain there is no need for that.

  13. Regarding squatters holy cow I know someone in Madrid and one day his mother was looking for some painters and decorators to do up a flat in central Madrid belonging to her father who had vacated the apartment and was living in a residency. The painters and decorators were bogus, they moved in and they changed the lock and squatted in the flat. They were from venezuela and I'm not 100% sure where she found them but I believe that it was in a shop and I'm not sure if they owned the business or were recommended. The mothers son who I know and was a fireman got his entire crew to try and get in through a window or the main door and deal with the problem but the police were called and apparently it was a right mess but eventually they got them out through negotiation and a small payment by the mother (dunno how much). The son who was a fireman recommended to me to get a burglar alarm that notifies the police if there was a break in, otherwise there is no timestamped evidence that you have not allowed people to be resident in your property. In this case it wasn't even a break in by squatters, they had been given the key for entry into the property and there were major problems.


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