British Citizenship by Naturalisation - EEA National
A passport holder of any EU or EEA country is entitled to enter the UK and to live and work freely in the UK, and to eventually become eligible for British Citizenship and the right to get a British Passport. Time spent in the UK counts towards qualifying for British Citizenship if such time was spent "lawfully" in the UK.
As a result, the most common British Citizenship claims that arise are:
- NATURALISATION in the UK through a period of qualifying residency. Read more about British Citizenship by Naturalisation.
- A CHILD IS BORN IN THE UK to a EU parent. Read more about British Citizenship by Birth for children of EEA Nationals.
The European citizens to whom this applies are: Austrians, Belgians, Bulgarians, Cypriots, Czechs, Danes, Estonians, Finns, French, Germans, Greeks, Hungarians, Italians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Luxembourg Citizens, Maltese, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanians, Slovakians, Slovenians, Spanish and Swedes.
For more information on how British Nationality could be acquired through residency in the UK, then watch this short video by Philip Gamble:
The countries to whom this applies are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands (Holland), Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.