The Grandchildren’s Law, also known as the Law of Democratic Memory, which grants Spanish citizenship to descendants of those affected by Franco’s dictatorship, is set to conclude in 2024. The law has been a means of historical redress for Spanish descendants born outside Spain during Franco’s rule, with around 60,000 individuals benefiting from this provision and obtaining European passports.
Eligible groups include grandchildren with Spanish heritage, children born abroad to Spanish women who lost their nationality due to marrying foreigners before the 1978 Constitution, and adult children of Spaniards whose original nationality was recognized through the right of option.
The deadline for Grandchildren Law citizenship applications is October 31, 2024, as per the rule established in October 2022. Currently, there is no indication of an extension beyond this date. Given the time required for the application process and the potential impact of the political situation, it is advisable to initiate the application process promptly.
Individuals interested in acquiring Spanish citizenship through the Grandchildren’s Law must establish their kinship by providing relevant documents such as birth, marriage, and death certificates of their ancestors and themselves.
Benefits of Citizenship under the Grandchildren Law
Several benefits come with obtaining Spanish citizenship, which we have covered on our blog before. These benefits make it a sought-after process for descendants within Spain and the broader European Union. Some of these advantages include:
Employment Opportunities: Gain the right to work not only in Spain but across the entire European Union.
Voting Rights: Qualify to participate in elections and have a say in the democratic processes.
Freedom of Movement: Enjoy unrestricted travel throughout the European Union.
Residency Privileges: Acquire the option to reside in Spain.
Educational Opportunities: Access educational institutions in Spain and other EU countries.
The significance of these benefits makes the application process highly appealing for those seeking opportunities and experiences within Spain and the EU.
If you’re thinking of applying for Spanish citizenship under the grandather law it can be easier with the help of a legal professional.
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