Spanish Citizenship: Psychic Paul Tells Us How to Become a Citizen
The most talked about star of the FIFA World Cup 2010, Psychic Paul, has received Spanish citizenship. The octopus had become a household name throughout FIFA 2010 for his accurate predictions. Octopus Paul had gained a huge fan following in Spain, after predicting Spain’s victory in the semi-finals and finals of the FIFA World cup, 2010.
Psychic Paul was awarded the honorary citizenship, personally by Carlos Montes, the mayor of Spain's town Caballero. Montes presented him a silver plaque and a statue of its best known cephalopod. Further, octopus Paul has also received an invitation to Carballino’s annual octopus festival. However, it is said that octopus Paul is not likely to leave his home town.
Spanish Citizenship: How To Obtain Spanish Nationality
In case you are eager to know how to obtain Spanish citizenship, here are some tips. You may obtain Spanish nationality by birth, by choice or residence, such as:
Spanish Citizenship by Origin
Children, who are born in Spain, to Spaniards, automatically acquire Spanish citizenship. Further, children born in Spain, to non-Spanish parents, are also entitled to Spanish nationality. However, this does not extend to children of Diplomats and Consuls accredited in Spain. Further, minor foreign nationals who are adopted by Spaniards gain Spanish citizenship, with effect from the adoption date.
Spanish Nationality by Residence
As per the laws of Spain, any foreign national with legal residence in Spain, may apply for Spanish Nationality. However, the required period of time varies according to the nationality. Also, it is subjected to other conditions.
Spanish Nationality by Choice
People, whose relationship with the country is confirmed after attainment of 18 years, can choose for Spanish nationality. The option is open for two years. Adults who are adopted by a Spaniard can choose for Spanish nationality, within a period of two years. Also, people who are or were kept in the custody of a Spaniard may opt for Spanish nationality.