The Spanish Immigration Law Reform has modified the process by which individuals who are not of Spanish origin may obtain Spanish nationality. Applicants must pass a state examination which will assess the immigrant´s basic knowledge of the Spanish language and his integration into Spanish society.
The result of the exam along with all other required documentation will be included in a notarial act. This in turn will prove who passed and who didnt.
However, this new exam should not scare you away from applying for Spanish nationality, as long as you have some knowledge of our language.
Although this exam presents us with a barrier when requesting Spanish nationality, there are numerous companies and websites that offer test prep. They prepare applicants by reviewing a series of questions very similar to the ones that may appear on the actual exam. If applicants seek out such guidance, they will better their chances of passing.
To give you an idea about the exam that you will face, we can tell you that the exam is made up of a series of short answer questions covering various topics. These qustions may refer to Spanish current events, such as asking who the current president of the government of Spain is. The exam may also test your knowledge about Spain´s geographical situation by asking you to name all of the autonomous communities. Some questions may cover Spain´s history by asking you details about the Spanish Civil War. Finally, you could be asked more art/culture related questions such as; ¨What is Miguel de Cervantes most famous piece of work?¨
This exam, which has existed for years in other countries such as the United States, has been very controversial. People have spoken out against it, critizing how it now deprives people of Spanish nationality if they cannot answer the questions correctly.
Translated by: Katherine Pascal