Work and live in the UK as an EU national
As a European Union (EU) national (or the family member of an EU national), you can move to the UK to live and work. It is important that you are in the UK exercising EU treaty rights, through employment, study or being self-sufficient.
On 27 October 2015, a new law was passed in the UK to prevent European Union nationals (and their family members) applying for British nationality if they do not first hold a residence card.
If you have held a residence card for 12 months (exceptions can apply), have lived in the UK for at least five years and if you meet the other set criteria (including the “good character” requirement), you can naturalise as a British citizen.
The good character requirement goes beyond the scope of simply being free from criminal convictions and includes (but is not limited to):
- Traffic offences
- Not being up-to-date with tax returns and tax payments
- County Court Judgements (CCJ) or an overseas equivalent
- Overstaying your visa (even by a single day)
- Working when your visa did not permit it
Any person affected by the above should seek professional advice before attempting an application.
Find out more about children under 18 resident in the UK.