Brexit left many EU and European Economic Area (the EEA includes all EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) nationals confused about how to apply for British citizenship. So what changed in terms of eligibility criteria? The process is lengthy and involved and can leave people confused about what’s required. At A Y & J Solicitors, we understand the insecurity felt by EU and EEA nationals looking to make the move to the UK. Our Personal Immigration team can take all the anxiety away and present you with a straightforward, understandable path toward British citizenship.
At A Y & J Solicitors in London, we’ve helped thousands of business owners and career professionals from across the EU and the EEA gain British citizenship. Because of our experience, we’ve learned how to spot issues and resolve them before they become a problem. We’ve seen the same objections arise regularly and can effortlessly steer you away from them, saving you time, money and the potential heartache of application rejection. Our expert immigration lawyers do the heavy lifting and give your British citizenship application the best possible chance of success.
If you’re wondering how to get a British passport for EU citizens, our specialist team has expertise in all aspects of UK immigration. This includes individual UK visa applications under the new points-based immigration system such as – but not limited to – Skilled Worker Visa, Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), Spouse Visa, Visit Visa and British Citizenship. We also handle complex cases of appeal, administrative reviews, judicial reviews and the many immigration challenges involving European Union law and human rights legislation. We have supported more than 4,000 business owners and professionals to successfully navigate the system. And we work quickly, always aiming to respond to queries within 24 hours.
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You will need to complete an online form and answer all questions relevant to your application. You can edit and download the application before it is submitted. Those who are living in the UK can use the Form AN for the application of British Citizenship by naturalisation. Our team can provide you with advice on the best options available to you and your family.
You will need to provide the following documents with your application (this is not an exhaustive list):
Our team can assist you with collating the required documentation and ensure nothing is missed.
There are lots! One of the most important is the emotional peace of mind in knowing you have as much right to remain in the UK as a person who was born here, regardless of future government policies.
Other advantages include:
Applications for British citizenship can be refused for many reasons. One of the most common is that the application form has been filled in incorrectly and/or the right documentation has not been supplied.
If your application has been refused, our immigration lawyers will examine the reason why and provide expert advice on the best plan of action. The following options are available to you should your citizenship application be refused:
In most circumstances you will be invited to a citizenship ceremony if your application is successful and you are over 18. The £80 is included in the Naturalisation application fee and you are permitted to bring two guests. Ceremonies take place at designated places.
The UK permits dual citizenship. Some EU/EEA countries do not allow a person to be a dual national. However, international policies are constantly changing, so it is advisable to check with your embassy or consulate on whether you will be permitted to retain the citizenship of your country of origin.
You must obtain EU Settled Status before being eligible for British citizenship.
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