Citizenship by Descent

Close to a hundred million Americans are eligible for Spanish citizenship by ancestry.

The program extends to those with a Spanish parent or grandparents and nationals from countries with a Spanish colonial past.

Spain also admits descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain during the inquisition to have their citizenship restored.

Capital City


Visa free countries

Schengen Area

Total area

505,990 km2


Spanish, Catalan, Basque, Galician





Time Zone

UTC⁠±0 to +1


Freedom of movement within the Schengen zone

Ranked #1 globally for ease of doing business

Ibero-American nationals gain citizenship after two years

Considered one of the best places for retirees given its affordable cost of living

Application Process


Submit Your Application


Visit Spain


Get Approved


Receive your residency permit

Spain Citizenship by Descent
Application Process

To be eligible for fast-track naturalization, you need to have spent eight months a year in Spain. To be able to legally reside in Spain, you need to first apply for residency. You can obtain a Wealth Visa or a Golden Visa for that purpose. Sephardic Jews are not required to be physically present in Spain during those two years.


Other requirements:

Week 1
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Verify eligibility
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Week 2
Start client onboarding process with Global RCG
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Global RCG helps you gather the required documents with the help of our genealogist.
Week 3
Week 4
Week 4
Application for residency or citizenship is filed. Depending on your case, you might need to apply for residency first. The process to gain residency can take 1 or 2 months. After the one or two years of residency are met, you can apply for naturalization. The naturalization process can take 2 years.
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Do you need more information about the Spain Wealth Visa program? Download the complete factsheet below:

Required & Non-Required Visa Countries


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