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Spanish Citizenship Application : Complications for Expats

Mon 1st Apr 2013
Spanish Citizenship Application : Complications for Expats

On Thursday of last week it was reported how the Partido Popular Government of Spain had been seeking legal advice with regards to the possibility of introducing compulsory language tests for those wishing to apply for Spanish Citizenship.

However, over the course of the weekend further information has come to light which suggests that the compulsory tests proposed may go much further than initially thought.

Aside from ensuring that each applicant is able to speak, read and write to an approved standard of Spanish, there is also rumoured to be a number of "Social" elements to the application process. These include each applicant being required to provide medical evidence that they were capable of taking a siesta most afternoons in the summer months, and dining no earlier than Nine O'clock most evenings.

Furthermore, a number of the Autonomous Communities have been given special dispensation to add certain conditions to the application criteria : For example, the Region of Valencia is believed to require that all applicants are able to correctly pronounce the word "Paella". Things become slightly more confusing for applicants in Catalonia, as the regional authorities may ask them to demonstrate their belief that, once awarded Spanish Citizenship, they are first and foremost Catalan anyway.

Chairman of the UK's Foreign Office Overseas Lifeline, P.I.Staker, told Tumbit "It would be foolish and ill-advised for the Spanish Government to allow these proposals to be passed into law".

Comment on this Story

I share your pain! Even if manufacturers were to put indicators back, the Spanish would still find the use of them a Black Art.
David - Mon, 1st Apr 2013
I fully understand what you are saying about roundabouts, but personally I wish that Spanish car manufacturers would start to put left and right indicators back into the cars.
Mick Cb - Mon, 1st Apr 2013
Perhaps in return, the Spanish could learn 'How To Use A Roundabout Correctly' plus the ability to correctly pronounce the name of my home town - Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch. Seems jolly fair to me, Boyo.!
David - Mon, 1st Apr 2013

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