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How to lead to British Citizenship if you are an EEA citizen living in UK ?

September 11, 2017 1,663

EEA nationals who have lived in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years are eligible to apply for an EEA Document Certifying Permanent Residence. This document will confirm that the holder is entitled to stay in the UK permanently, and it will also enable them to apply for British citizenship after they have completed six years of continuous residence in the UK.

The impact of Brexit is unknown therefore it is advisable that EEA national and their dependants seek advice on their positions.

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What are the main requirements?

To apply for an EEA Residence Permit, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that:

  • They have lived in the UK for any continuous period of 5 years and during this period, they have not been absent from the UK for more than six months in each year
  • They have been a “qualified person” for the entire duration of the 5 year period

“Qualified person” means a person who is an EEA national and in the UK as a:

(a) jobseeker;

(b) worker;

(c) self-employed person;

(d) self-sufficient person;

(e) student

Please note that EEA nationals wishing to make their application on the grounds of being a self-sufficient person or a student must demonstrate that they have had Comprehensive Sickness Insurance for entire period.

How long does it take?

It usually takes the Home Office up to six months to process applications, however sometimes it can be processed within two/ three months.

What can Get UK Visa offer?

  • A free initial consultation
  • Ensuring your application meets all the legal requirements
  • A tailored list of required documents/ evidence
  • Completion and submission of all relevant forms
  • Draft a covering letter explaining all the details of your case

*Please note that all European citizens can use the European passport return service which is provided by local councils. This allows European nationals to keep their passports whilst their application is being processed by the Home Office.

 

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