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.