Spanish nationality for sephardic jews

According to the current Spanish Civil Code, the descendants of Spanish Jews who were exiled in 1492 (“Sephardi”) have the right to apply for Spanish nationality.

The 2015 reform

Recently the Courts of Spain have published the long-awaited reform of the regulations of the Nature Charter, through which those who can prove they have Sephardic ancestry can obtain Spanish nationality 

See the new Law regarding granting Spanish nationality for Sephardi published on the page of the Boletín oficial del Estado:

2291/5000 The “Nature Charter” procedure is based on article 21.1 of the Spanish Civil Code. Said article states that “Spanish nationality is acquired by nature charter, granted discretionally by Royal Decree, when circumstances arise in the interested party exceptional “.


How does the process work?

The request will be addressed to the General Directorate of Registries and Notaries, together with proof of the special circumstances that justify its granting. A test is also conducted, which in general consists in demonstrating Sephardic Jewish identity. As well as showing close historical ties with Spain, its language and its culture.

Obtaining Spanish nationality by nature letter used to last several years, but with the imminent reform, waiting times will be substantially reduced. An important change is that if a Sephardic application receives Spanish nationality, they will not have to renounce their previous nationality.

Our services

Here at Piñera del Olmo, we can take charge of the entire process of the file.  We can also offer a genealogical report prepared by a historian specialized in Sephardic history. As well as this we can translate documentation into Spanish or request on your behalf the Certificate of the Federation of Jewish Communities from Spain (FCJE).

A firm with experience

As a result of the attention received by the approval of said Law, several international radio stations have interviewed the legal team of Piñera del Olmo SLP, given the prestige and recognition that our firm has globally. In our blog, you can find the interviews that our specialist lawyers gave to radios around the world during 2014: German radio interview “Deutschlandfunk”, French radio interview “Radio France International”, interview on Israeli radio “Radio Tempo Israel”; as well as written media such as “ Haaretz ” of Israel.

If you wish to start the process of acquiring Spanish nationality for Sephardic jews with our lawyers, or need more information, contact our office. 

Disclaimer: This information in this article is not definitive, for up to date legal advice which is relevant to your case, please contact our lawyers directly.

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