Families of Brigaders can apply for Spanish nationality

Post date: 26/04/2023

Descendants of International Brigaders can now seek Spanish nationality under the terms of a new law that was enacted by the Cortes (Spanish parliament) last year.

Article 33 of the Democratic Memory Law offers citizenship to those family members who can prove that they have ‘worked continuously to spread the memory of their ancestors and defend democracy in Spain’. There is no need to renounce current citizenship of any other country.

The Spanish consulate in London has advised the IBMT that all applications under Article 33 must be submitted online directly to the Ministry of Justice in Spain.

According to the consulate, the following documents will be needed with each application:

  • A completed application form, which can be downloaded here.
  • Supporting documents to prove that the applicant’s antecedent was a member of the International Brigades.
  • A legalised copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, translated into Spanish (plus, for grandchildren, the legalised and translated birth certificate of the applicant’s parent descended from an International Brigader).
  • If the applicant is married, a legalised copy of their marriage certificate, translated into Spanish. If the applicant’s spouse is a Spanish citizen, the Spanish birth certificate must also be provided.

If necessary, the IBMT will also provide members with a covering letter stating that the applicant’s IBMT membership has helped ‘spread the memory of their ancestors and defend democracy in Spain’.

Applications must be submitted online through the link here, where additional information about the application process is also available.

Guidance note

To help with the Spanish-only application form, the IBMT has produced a rough guide to indicate how the fields should be completed. It is available here.

Certified translators should be searchable online. If you have difficulties finding one, contact the IBMT here.

Posted on 26 April 2023.

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