(Spain) Spanish Lawmakers Approved Law Giving Descendants of Inquisition Rights of Dual Citizenship #sephardic

Jan Meisels Allen

On June 11, the Spanish Parliament passed legislation granting dual
citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews who fled during the
Inquisition. Potentially, 3.5 million Sephardic Jews who settled in across
the world may apply for dual citizenship although it is estimated that only
90,000 people will apply. The law becomes effective in October 1, 2015. The
previous law >from 1924 permitted Sephardic Jews to become citizens but they
had to give up their previous citizenship. The new law permits dual
citizenship. Having a Spanish passport permits the holder the right to work
and live anywhere in the 28-Member European Union.

Applicants will have to have their Jewish heritage vetted by the Spanish
Federation of Jewish Communities or by rabbis where they live-they do not
have to be practicing Jews. In addition, applicants will have to pass tests
on Spanish or Ladino languages, Spanish culture and prove they have a
connection to modern day Spain (i.e. donating to a Spanish charity or buying
Spanish property). To apply, interested parties will have to go to Spain at
their own expense. The requirements for application are similar to those of
anyone applying for Spanish citizenship, unlike Portuguese law, which became
effective this Spring, which only requires vetting of applicants ancestry
by Jewish organizations

The law will expire after three years. The website of the Federation of
Jewish Communities in Spain has a detailed explanation on how to file the
application see: http://www.fcje.org/nacionalidad-3/ (scroll down the
page for the English translation). At this time there are no instructions on
how to file the application.

To read more see: http://tinyurl.com/oqj5mq4
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and http://tinyurl.com/ng7p9we
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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