The main documents you will need are:
- Birth certificate. It needs to be with Apostille and translated by a legally certified Spanish translator. I used Ibidem Group (they were fast, but a bit expensive)
- Marriage certificate: if you were married outside of Spain, the best thing to do is to register the marriage at the Spanish consulate that corresponds to where you were married. That way, you get the same Spanish marriage certificate that a normal Spaniard would have and save yourself on legalization, and translation.
- Certificate of good conduct from your country of origin: this needs to be a certificate (also with Apostille) from the police from the country you were born, listing any crimes you may have commit. This also needs to be legally translated.
- Proof of being able to support yourself: social security statement, employment contract, that kind of thing.
- The usual other stuff that you probably already have (Spanish birth certificates for your kids, NIE card, passport, empadronamiento showing you living with your spouse)
Walking into the place I realized perhaps I had been a bit optimistic in paying for a full hour of parking. There were no tickets in the turn dispenser, and they don’t offer a “cita previa”, instead, I was told, you are expect to hang around the door at 8:45am and hope to get a spot for that day. Perhaps they want to make sure that only unemployed people are able to apply for citizenship.
I was told that once I secured a spot, they would tell me which documents I was missing, and then make an appointment for some day in the far future to see me. A couple sitting next to the turn dispenser piped up: “that was two years ago!” Shit.
Perhaps I should see if I can find a lawyer with enchufe…
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