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:

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.

British Nationality Assessment

The EU Citizen can apply for British citizenship in due course, on the basis of continuous residency and work in the UK. If the time spent in the UK exceeds 5 years, then the candidate can apply for British Nationality (UK Citizenship), with the right to hold a British Passport. Application can only be made AFTER the 5 year residency qualification period.

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.

Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.