Law 36/2002 went into effect on January 9, 2003, and amends the Civil Code with respect to nationality. It contains numerous changes to the immigration laws in Spain, including the following:
Persons born abroad whose parents were also born abroad, lose their Spanish citizenship unless they declare their desire to retain it before a Consular Civil Registry within a period of three years following their attaining legal age. Otherwise, they lose their Spanish citizenship, even if their nationality is that of one of the countries mentioned above. This rule applies to those who attain legal age after January 9, 2003.
For more information regarding obtaining Spanish citizenship for people with Spanish parents or grandparents, please contact us.