Could you pass the Spanish Citizenship exam?
Many British residents of Spain are looking into what it takes to gain Spanish Citizenship, including us. For us, Spain is very much home and we don’t see that changing in the future. By attaining Spanish Citizenship we will be able to vote in General elections and will hold a Spanish passport.
Of course you will need to have lived here for a decade (and have been registered as doing so), have embraced Spanish life, be integrated into your community, and speak Spanish to a decent level. Is that you?
Obviously only you can answer most of those questions. But what of the CCSE knowledge test that needs to be taken? We have got a sample set of questions for you to see how well you would do.
Are you eligible?
Anyone applying for Spanish citizenship needs to have been registered as residing in Spain continuously for a minimum of ten years, prove a healthy grasp of the language (having achieved level DELE A2) and must have integrated into their community.
But there are exceptions:
- A refugee needs only 5 years residency
- Citizens of Latin American countries need onnly two years residency
- If you marry a Spaniard you need only one year
- If you are the widow or widower of a Spaniard you need only one year
- If you were born outside of Spain but you have Spanish parents or grandparents you need only one year.
- There is also a special arrangement for Sephardic Jews.
If in doubt – speak to a lawyer local to where you live in Spain, or to your Embassy. They will be able to advise you through the entire process.
To register for the CCSE test – visit https://ccse.cervantes.es and follow the steps – in Spanish of course.
The Cervantes website tells you everything you need to know, as well as enabling you to book your exams online and download a sample CCSE test in Spanish.
by Elle Draper
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Gandy-Draper. Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.