I'm a British citizen in possession of a British passport currently living in Spain and have been living here for 19 years. I have residencia here, an A4 piece of paper with my NIE with no expiry date (which I think is an indefinite permanent residency?)

From what I understand, I'd lose my residency if I left Spain to work in the UK and spent a year living there, however if I were to return in the future, would I still be able to get my residency back? I read somewhere that you can apply to "recover" it, so you don't have to meet the same requirements as someone requesting it for the first time

  • I thought you can get Spanish citizenship after ten years of residency and both Spain and the UK allows for dual citizenship. – chx Mar 29 at 2:31
  • @chx I was under the impression that Spain only allows for dual citizenship if you're from a country that has a close relationship to Spain, like Latin American countries that used to be under Spanish Rule? I don't think that's an option for me here – Wazbat Apr 6 at 0:06
  • exteriores.gob.es/Portal/en/ServiciosAlCiudadano/… " Nationality by residence This method of acquisition of nationality requires continued legal residence in Spain for ten years immediately prior to the application." – chx Apr 6 at 3:07
  • @chx But doing so means I am forced to surrender my British nationality right? That isn't an option for me as I'm about to move to the UK. I want to know about when I come back – Wazbat Apr 7 at 23:58
  • I see nothing that would indicate that. – chx Apr 8 at 5:09

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