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    Default Leaving Spain before Citizenship is approved

    Hi, I am a student in Spain married to a Spanish citizen for 5 months. I will get my graduate degree in 7 months and both I and my husband are planning to look for a job in another country (Netherlands or UK). We are currently living together and I am planning to apply for citizenship once it has been 12 months since our marriage. Can we move out of Spain while my citizenship is in the process? I heard it can take over a year to get approval. Thanks a lot!

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    Hello Woof 8

    You can move to another country as long as you completed one year residence status in Spain as the spouse of a Spanish citizen when you file the application, but I recommend you to keep and renew your Empadronamiento and keep a Spanish address for notifications, as you are totally right: Spanish Nationality applications are still taking a long time to be approved.

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    Patricia Martin
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    Patricia, thank you for taking the time to reply, this is very helpful!

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    Patricia, are you sure this is correct? I've heard of people who've been denied nationality for "falta de integracion" for having left for more than 6 months after submitting their application.

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    Yes, that is absolutely possible. The officers take a decision after checking documentation and based on the interview. They can interpret you are not fully integrated and reject an application. Each circumstance is different.

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    Patricia Martin
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