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Spaniards will lose their nationality when:
Spaniards who are not of origin (for example, those who have acquired Spanish nationality by residence) will lose Spanish nationality if:
Place where to make the declaration of conservation
The Spanish Consulates abroad perform Civil Registry functions.
Important note* After a meeting with CAB legal adviser, lawyer and professor of International law assures us that if your had made your will of choice before taking Spanish nationality, that choice should be respected on death. This is due to the EU regulations on successions which came into force in August 2015. CAB Spain cannot guarantee this so please seek the advice of a lawyer with expertise in inheritance law.
Once acquired, can I lose my Spanish nationality?
Spaniards who are not of origin (for example, those who have acquired Spanish nationality by residence) lose their nationality if:
After acquiring the Spanish nationality the citizen continues to use during a period of three years the nationality to which they had renounced when acquiring Spanish.
When they voluntarily enter the service or exercise political office in a foreign State against the express prohibition of the government.
When it is considered that the party has committed fraud or concealment of data when making the application for acquisition of Spanish nationality.
In the case of Spaniards who were born abroad of a Spanish parent also born abroad, will lose the Spanish nationality if within three years from the emancipation or coming of age do not declare His/her will to preserve Spanish nationality.
Once acquired Spanish nationality, do I need to do something else?
From the Ministry’s website: The procedures subsequent to the acquisition of Spanish nationality must be carried out in the Civil Registry.
In the event that you have acquired Spanish nationality by residence, by nature letter or by option, you must:
The 14-year-old and capable of providing a statement for himself, shall swear or promise fidelity to the King and obedience to the Constitution and laws.
Declare that he renounces his previous nationality. Unless the interested party is one of the cases of dual citizenship.
Spanish law states that a name and two surnames must be taken.
Foreigners who acquire Spanish nationality:
The name that appears in the foreign certification must be entered in the birth registration, unless the usual use of a different name is proven. If the name that appears in the foreign or commonly used certification is included in any of the established limitations, it must be replaced, in accordance with Spanish regulations, by the one chosen by the interested party or his legal representative and, ultimately, by a tax ex officio.
In the case of proper names that appear in a writing system other than ours (Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, etc.), they will be recorded by transcription or transliteration, so that a graphic adaptation and phonetic equivalence are achieved. Also in proper names written with Latin characters, orthographic adaptations could be made at the request of the interested party to facilitate their writing and phonetics.
Application of Spanish law to the determination of the surnames of Spanish nationalized foreigners. In general, for foreigners with a determined affiliation that acquire Spanish nationality, they must be recorded, in principle, in their birth registration in the Spanish Civil Registry, the surnames set by such affiliation, according to Spanish laws, which overlap with those used in fact (cf. art. 213, rule 1, RRC). For this reason, these last names must be reflected in the birth registration, the first one of the father and the first one of the mother, even if it is a foreigner (cf. art. 194 R.R.C.), as they result from the accompanied foreign birth certification. In the event that the affiliation does not determine other surnames, or when it is impossible to prove the identity of the parents of the interested party, the last names used will be maintained. In both cases, if the interested party only held or used one surname, it will be doubled in order to comply with the legal requirement of duplication of surnames (cf. art. 55-V L.R.C.).
For its part, art 199 RRC establishes that “He who acquires Spanish nationality will keep the surnames differently from the legal ones, provided that he declares it in the act of acquiring it, or within the two months following the date he comes of age”.
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