There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
I was fortunate as I knew where our journey had to end and could work backward from that point. The requirements for citizenship were laid out, and all I had to do was collect the paperwork and pass the requisite tests. Once filed, the Spanish government has 1 year to approve applications for citizenship.
What became apparent as September approached was that we were not going to get our citizenship paperwork filed a year before the 2018-19 school year began. Thus, we added in applying for long-term visas to bridge the timing gap. That process has not been quite as clear, though much of the paperwork overlaps.
It cannot be stated enough that finding out exactly what is needed at the beginning of the process, whether for visas or citizenship, makes it much easier to prepare and manage the application process.
We've had some hiccups, most notably with out-of-state translations, that were frustrating. Fortunately, we didn't lose much time or money and only had to spend a little extra effort in getting that sorted out.