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The position for those who don’t hold British citizenship was clearly a focal point of the EU Referendum campaign. Politicians from most, if not quite all, persuasions have taken steps in the immediate aftermath to reassure workers that they continue to be protected by existing EU rules and are welcome in the UK.
For EEA citizens who work in the UK, their current position remains unchanged. The longer-term impact on EEA nationals’ status in the UK is as yet unknown. This will of course be heavily influenced by the exit arrangements which are implemented, and the timing of those. In the meantime, some EEA nationals may want to consider the option of becoming a British citizen.
EEA nationals and their direct family members will acquire the right to reside in the UK permanent once they have lived in the UK for a continuous period for a prescribed number of years. This right derives from EU law, which is implemented in the UK. The right does not rely on applying to the UK Government for the right to reside here. EEA nationals can apply for a document to certify permanent residency in the UK. This is not mandatory but can be useful evidence of their right to reside here, for example in response to checks by an employer.
However, if an EEA national wants to apply for citizenship he/she will need to hold a UK Government document certifying their residence rights.
When it comes to applying for permanent residency and British citizenship there are different rules which apply depending on individual personal circumstances. This includes where an EEA national’s spouse/partner is a British citizen or where you are the spouse/family member of an EEA national. Please contact our team below for further information. Our guidance in this note relates to EEA nationals.
For an EEA national who is over 18 the first step in the process is an application to confirm permanent residence (PR). PR is acquired after 'residing legally' in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years as a “qualified person”.
A qualified person is defined as an EEA national who is living in the UK as a:
An EEA national can change the basis of their stay in the UK. For example, if they enter the UK as a jobseeker and then take employment and become a worker. In such cases, the EEA national can count both periods towards the five year qualifying period for permanent residence.
You must also meet the requirements around absence from the UK. This means you must have spent no more than 450 days out the UK during those 5 years and no more than 90 days in the last 12 months. You must submit documentary evidence that demonstrates residence for the 5 year period. Documents should be spread evenly throughout the 5 years and come from a variety of sources. The UKVI recommends that at least two documents should be submitted for each year.
Applying for PR is more complicated for EEA nationals from countries that have acceded to the EU in the last 10-15 years.
Since 1 January 2015, applications to confirm PR can be submitted on form EEA(PR). Unusually, completion/submission of the form is not mandatory but it is sensible to use it.
We recommend you seek advice when applying for your permanent residence document if you have already lived in the UK for more than 5 years. You want to be able to apply for citizenship quickly after receipt of your PR document and you could be held up by 12 months if you get this part wrong.
After receipt of your permanent residence document you can apply for British Citizenship, which is referred to as naturalisation, provided the requirements are met. In broad terms you must be able to demonstrate you are of “good character”, plan to continue to live in the UK and have met the knowledge of English and life in the UK requirements. You will also be required to give your Biometric Information. You are required to complete Form AN, being an Application for Naturalisation as a British Citizen.
If you wish further advice on how to take forward this application please contact our team.
Before commencing the citizenship application process, you should check if obtaining British citizenship would have any implications on:
Some countries permit their nationals to obtain citizenship of one or more other countries, others do not. Indeed you could automatically lose your current citizenship if they are granted British citizenship. You should check with their respective embassies to see whether or not issues will arise. This position should continue to be monitored as the terms of our exit from Europe develop. Similarly you should check with your tax advisers as to whether your tax position would be affected by taking British citizenship.