THE government approved a bill which makes it possible for Sephardic Jews to receive Spanish citizenship and retain their existing citizenship.
The bill was proposed by the ruling Popular Party. The bill has yet to be voted upon by lawmakers in Spain’s Congress of Deputies.
Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said the measure smooths the bureaucracy involved in obtaining Spanish citizenship. Applicants must be vetted by the government and Spain’s Federation of Jewish Communities, or FCJE.
Gallardon announced his intention to introduce new legislation in November 2012. His party, the Popular Party, introduced the bill in December 2013, after Portugal passed its own law of Jewish return in July.
Those who are interested in acquiring Spanish citizenship based on prior Jewish ancestors who had lived in Spain need to contact the consulates and embassies of Spain for accurate details on how to proceed.
Many Sephardic Israelis appear to be interested in obtaining Spanish citizenship because it would confer various privileges on its owner, by virtue of Spain’s membership in the EU.