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In order to get your spanish nationality you have to lose the US nationality because there is not an international treatment between US and Spain to keep the double nationality
So you have to lose th US nationality first once they give you the chance to get the spanish nationality
I know that the US does not recognize dual citizenship, but I thought I could still claim to be a US citizen in US and a spanish citizen in Spain. Is that not the case?
It is not, you will have to refuse to the US nationality if you get the spanish nationality
there is not the chance to get the two of them
hmm. that complicates things.
will i have to renounce my us citizenship as part of the application?
Well, they do not ask you to renounce, the problem its that your own country, in your case US, will tell that you will lose it if you take another one, as spanish law says
So, its your own country which says what will happen if you take another nationality