How to marry a Spaniard


How to marry a Spaniard?

We are going to talk about how a marriage is processed between Spanish and a person outside the European Union so that the marriage is legal and this person can get all the benefits of being a relative of a citizen of the European Union. 



Essential requirements to marry a Spaniard


1 / marriage request must be done before marriage; It begins where the Spanish citizen is residing or in the civil registry where he or she is registered

The couple has to apply together with different documents like:  

1/the certificate of singleness, divorce or widowhood, both of the Spanish national and of the future spouse who is outside the EU. 

2 / the criminal record  

3 / the registration certificate also where each of them reside, because with that certificate, you have to process some documentation at the Spanish consulate that corresponds to your territorial demarcation. 

The Spanish citizen has to initiate this procedure in the civil registry that also corresponds to him / her by registration. 

What the civil registry does is, at the moment of delivery, give an appointment to the Spanish citizen or it keeps the documentation and gives them an appointment later to interview them. 

The interview is carried out by the public prosecutor or in small towns many times by the civil registry judge. The purpose of this interview is to try to determine that the marriage is real and not a cohabitation marriage. 

Some of the most common questions they usually ask are regarding their partner, such as: if you know his/ her mother, his/her father, how many brothers or sisters he/she has, the first time they met, where, what does the other couple like, etc.

Through this interview, they try to determine the validity of the relationship so that there is no cohabitation marriage.


Once the interview is over, the Spanish administration sends the documentation to the consulate of Spain that corresponds to it by territorial demarcation, to the other couple, who will be your spouse. 

The consulate also calls the other couple to do a very similar interview. The goal is to try to determine the validity of the relationship. If the two interviews are correctly determined, the marriage application is considered valid. 

From that moment the marriage can be carried out and is registered directly in the central registry in Spain or through the corresponding Spanish consulate, this is a process that takes a period of time, but it is essential for those who are outside of the European Union, and who have married the Spanish national, have all the rights, equal to any European citizen. 

Among them of course, a five-year residence that becomes a permanent residence.  

A residence that after three years, due to a separation or divorce, can be maintained or can be changed at any time for a residence of its own. 

But I repeat it again, marriage request/permit  is mandatory, even when they have been married out of ignorance, it is advised that there is a divorce and remarriage after marriage request/permit, doing it in another way is complex. 

How to marry a Spaniard

What happens in some cases, such as in a marriage where the citizen is not a Spanish of origin, but acquires Spanish nationality, and was already married in his country of origin to a citizen of his own nationality? This is a very common case.


For example, a Moroccan or an Algerian who is married and has children and eventually acquires Spanish nationality.  


What happens to his spouse?


There is a solution which is, the following: 

The relationship can be carried out as a couple because it is understood that the person who has become a Spanish citizen was previously married to another person of another nationality. 

This formula is valid, as is the one for marriage. 

Another option is that if you have minor children, they can be automatically getting the Spanish nationality, the mother of the children will also have the right to obtain a community residence for being the mother of Spanish citizens. 

It is all much more, entering Spain with a tourist visa and processing the marriage directly in Spain, the process is much simpler and less complex. We will talk about that in another video. 

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