Translation from the original in Spanish found here
Countries and amounts of Sephardi CCSE exam regiterd
The Spanish Ministry of Justice has waived Sephardic applicants over the age of 70 from the two Spanish citizenship tests. The first examines Spanish language knowledge, and second (CCSE) examines cultural knowledge of modern Spain.
The law from last October 2015 is trying to address the issue of the Jewish expulsion of 1492. 387 applicants received Spanish citizenship under this new law. 4522 received citizenship in 2015 under a previous version of the law.
The coordinator of the Sephardic Center of Istanbul (Turkey), Karen Gerson Sharon, is “very happy” about the waiving of the tests for the Sephardic people over 70, even though, she points that it’d be “much better” if the age limit was lowered to 65. “Our community is not very young”, she admits, adding that older people frequently have eyesight and hearing problems that make it difficult for them to pass tests.
The Turkish Sephardic community is estimated at 15.000 people, of whom 3.000 have obtained Spanish citizenship under a previous version of the law. Only 200 people registered in Turkey for the Spanish citizenship tests. These tests constitute the biggest obstacle for Sephardic Jews wishing to apply for citizenship.
Karen tells how the children of a friend of hers, who has Spanish nationality, have applied for the Portuguese citizenship, where no test is demanded to the Sephardic community, she also says that another friend’s 84 years old father, will not be able to accomplish his dream of obtaining a Spanish ID card due to his age, since he is “not in a very good health to travel to Spain” and do the paperwork at a public notary.
The Spanish Ministry of Justice says that the amount of applicants will increase in the next months since 1,897 people have recently taken the DELE Spanish language exam (which is not a requirement for applicants from Spanish-speaking countries) and 6,127 have sat the cultural test CCSE test. Both at the Cervantes Institute.
The geographical distribution of whom have enrolled to sit the CSSE shows the diaspora of the Sephardic community: applicants come from over a hundred countries. Among the countries with more than a hundred requests, are include 12 Ibero-American nations, besides Morocco, Israel, Turkey, the United States and Pakistan (?).