People with dual nationality are, at the same time, nationals of two countries, enjoying the full legal status of being a national of both States.

However, this does not mean that these people may be subject simultaneously to the laws of both countries, but, on the contrary, measures are taken to "give preference to one of the nationalities" of the person with dual nationality, so, in this way, he/she has a reference point regarding State-Citizen relations.

To achieve this, most of the dual nationality agreements take, as a point of reference, the domicile of the person and thus prevent citizens with dual nationality from being constantly subject to both laws , but only to the country in which they have their domicile established.

The granting of a passport, diplomatic protection, the exercise of civil and political rights, right to work, social security and military obligations, are some of the cases where it is applicable.

How to obtain dual citizenship?

Dual nationality is obtained by achieving Spanish status using the different modes of acquisition of nationality or without renouncing your previous nationality However, this only applies if your previous nationality is from a country that has an agreement on this regard with Spain.

Which nationalities is possible to share with Spanish?

According to the Spanish Civil Code, it is not necessary to renounce nationality for those who are natives of Latin American countries, of Andorra, the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea or Portugal. Ibero-American countries are considered, for this purpose, those in which Spanish or Portuguese is one of the official languages.

For the purpose of acquiring dual citizenship, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana are not considered Latin American while Puerto Rico is considered Latin American.

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