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Spain: 1) How does someone granted refugee status in Spain receive permanent residence status and/or citizenship? 2) Would a letter from the embassy of Cuba be needed for a Cuban citizen with refugee status in Spain to obtain residency or citizenship?

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 September 1991
Citation / Document Symbol ESP9408
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The following information was received from an official with

the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa on 19 September 1991.

 1) Status refugees must have official papers renewed every

six months. Generally, after the first six month period, they

receive permanent residence status. The process by which status

refugees obtain residency is outlined in Article 18 of the 26

March 1984 Law on the Rights and Conditions of Asylum.

 Those with permanent residency must present their papers for

renewal every two years. At that time, they are considered for

citizenship if they so desire. Citizenship is granted dependent

on a number of factors such as whether the person has a job,

knows the Spanish language, and has integrated into Spanish

society.

 2) A letter from the embassy of Cuba would not be needed in

order for a Cuban national to obtain Spanish permanent residency

or citizenship.

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