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A passport holder of any EU country is entitled to enter the UK and to exercise the Treaty Rights - that is, to work freely. Time spent in the UK counts towards nationality as long as such time was spent "lawfully" in the UK.

For Irish citizens, there is no requirement to hold a Permanent Residence Card. After 5 years of continuous residence, and subject to meeting the usual criteria, an Irish citizen can naturalise as a British citizen. For all other EU nationals, they must first hold a Permanent Residents Card before they can naturalise. After 5 years of continuous residence, and subject to meeting the usual criteria, they can naturalise as British citizens.

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.


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.

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:

WhatPassport.com 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.