Do you qualify to settle in the UK permanently? Contact us.
The two most common routes to British citizenship when it comes to EU nationals are the following:
- Naturalisation in the UK as an EEA citizen
- A child is born in the UK to a parent who is an EU citizen with permanent residence
The European citizens to whom this applies are: Austrians, Belgians, Bulgarians, Croatia, Cypriots, Czechs, Danes, Estonians, Finns, French, Germans, Greeks, Hungarians, Italians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Luxembourg Citizens, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanians, Slovakians, Slovenians, Spanish and Swedes.
Exercising treaty rights in the UK
In the first five years of your stay in the UK, you need to be exercising treaty rights in terms of EU law. This would require, amongst other things, that you are working in the UK.
On 27 October 2015, a new law was passed in the UK to prevent European citizens applying for British passports if they do not first hold the permanent residence card from the Home Office.
What about Brexit?
Given the recent Brexit vote and the likelihood that the UK will exit the European Union over the coming years, the status of those EU nationals living in the UK is unclear.
In order to secure your rights to live and work in the UK, we would urge you to regularise your residency status in the UK and obtain your permanent residency card as soon as possible.