What is dual nationality?
The concept of dual nationality means that a person is a national of two countries at the same time, therefore legally bound to both countries. The person enjoys full legal status in both nation states.
How can dual nationality be obtained in Spain?
One may obtain Spanish nationality either by residency, certificate of naturalization, possession of real estate, nationality by choice, or by being of Spanish origin. People with Spanish nationality may accede another nationality provided that they are not obligated to renounce their current nationality.
People of which countries may request dual nationality in Spain?
People originally from Ibero-American countries, Andorra, the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea or Portugal may request dual nationality in Spain. Ibero-American countries are those in which either Spanish or Portuguese is considered to be one of the official languages. Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago and Guyana are not considered Ibero-American countries (when dealing with dual nationality requests), however Puerto Rico is.
Translated by: Katherine Pascal