The Jewish Federation of New Mexico
is Your Link to Spain
Do you have Sephardic (Spanish Jewish) heritage? Are you interested in acquiring Spanish citizenship? If so, the Jewish Federation of New Mexico is here to help.
You do not need to be currently Jewish. Members of any religion from anywhere on earth are welcome to apply. But, please note that the program has been extended one more year to October 1, 2019, but still it’s best to get started right away, as it is a long and detailed process.
Here is a summary of the steps:
- Be sure to obtain a passport from your home country which does not expire before 2019. Most steps cannot proceed without a valid passport.
- Obtain at least one certificate of Sephardic heritage, but two is significantly better. Be able to clearly prove Sephardic ancestry or familial connection to an established Sephardic community. As a general rule, individuals of any religion with a Converso Jewish heritage will need to provide genealogical evidence, while Jewish individuals can provide genealogical evidence and/or show their connection to a Sephardic community. Applicants can apply here for our certificate, but should also apply to the Federacion Comunidades Judias de Espana FCJE.org
- For applicants between ages 18-70, pass an intermediate Spanish language exam (called the DELE A-2) and a Spanish civics and culture exam (called CCES) at an Instituto Cervantes, located in Albuquerque, Boston, Chicago, New York, Miami, or Seattle. You MUST register for the February 8 or 9, 2019 DELE A2 at an Instituto Cervantes. This is the LAST possible date. We strongly recommend registering immediately, as spaces are filling very quickly. (Albuquerque and El Paso have many places remaining, see our Exams page for more detail.) It takes four months to receive DELE results, and lawyers in Spain will stop accepting clients in July 2019. All applicants ages 18-70 from anywhere on earth must take the CCSE at an Instituto Cervantes as well.
- Pass an FBI and a state-level criminal background check
- Show a special connection to Spain
- Travel to Spain
The entire process should cost approximately $6,000, and can take up to a year. It should cost approximately $2,000 to gather all necessary documents, including the fees for the Spanish tests, official translations, background checks and apostilles. Lawyer fees with the attorney we recommend, Luis Portero, charges $1,900 for adults.
Lastly, it should cost approximately $2,000 for a short trip to Spain, dependent upon city of origin.
If you have proof of connection to a clearly Sephardic relative or ancestor and would like a certificate certifying your Sephardic heritage from the Jewish Federation of New Mexico, let’s get started!