Experienced consultants assist you with obtaining a British passport
Immigration law dating back to the 1970s and pre-dating the current European Union (EU) legislation means that Irish citizens are treated differently in the UK. Upon entry into the UK, you are considered settled for immigration and nationality purposes.
After a period of five years in the UK, and if you meet the other set criteria (including the good character requirement), you can naturalise as a British citizen.
Unlike other EU nationals, as an Irish citizen, you:
- Don’t have to be exercising EU treaty rights to reside legally in the UK
- Don’t have to obtain a permanent residence card in order to naturalise
Given the recent Brexit vote and the likelihood that the UK will exit the EU over the coming years, the status of Irish citizens living in the UK is unclear.
While we think that Irish citizens will continue to have a special status in the UK, it is important to secure your rights to live and work in the UK sooner rather than later.