Legal disclaimer

Important: This note is provided for information only and should not be taken as legal advice or relied upon as such. The information and commentary does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice to any person on a specific case or matter. You should seek specific legal advice on your personal circumstances if required and please note that the University is unable to provide personal immigration advice.

British citizenship for EU/EEA staff

If you are interested in applying for British citizenship you will currently need to have been in the Uk for over 6 years and have confirmation of permanent residency, more details are below.

The new settled status immigration route is indefinite leave to remain in the UK. You will after receiving settled status be able to apply for British citizenship after 12 months with settled status.

You must obtain confirmation of Permanent Residence before you can apply for British Citizenship. You will need to quote the reference number you are issued with as confirmation of Permanent Residence in the application form for British Citizenship.

If you are an EEA national and have been living in the UK for 6 or more years you could be eligible to make an application to be naturalised and acquire British Citizenship.

In summary, you must have been in the UK for 6 or more years, including at least one year where you had Permanent Residence. You must also meet the residence requirements which include an assessment of your absences from the UK and where you intend to live after making the application.

You will need to pass the Life in the UK Test before you apply for British Citizenship. You must book your test at least three days in advance. It currently costs £50. The nearest test centres are Plymouth or Torquay. When you log in to book your test the system will give you the five nearest test centres to pick from.

You may also need to pass an approved English Language Test unless you have an approved degree taught or researched in English or you are a citizen of a majority English speaking country. Check the Government website for details.

The current cost of an application for British Citizenship is £1,236. The £50 for the Life in the UK is additional to this and, if your application is successful, you must also provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) at a cost of £19.20. (These costs will not be reimbursed by the University.)

If you need any documents from the University to support your application, please contact humanresources@exeter.ac.uk

Additional information

You can find more information and check your eligibility to apply on the Government webpages.

 

Dual citizenship

While dual citizenship is allowed in the UK, some EU countries do not accept dual nationality.

In all cases, you should check the specific rules that apply in your own country before applying for dual nationality.

 

You’ll usually be able to apply for citizenship if you’re over 18 and have had one of the following for 12 months:

  • indefinite leave to remain in the UK
  • ‘settled status’ (also known as ‘indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme’)
  • indefinite leave to enter the UK (permission to move to the UK permanently from abroad)

You will not need to wait 12 months to apply if you’re married to a British citizen.

For more information please read the government web pages on applying for British citizenship.

Please note that settled status is not backdated unlike permanent residency. 

Dual citizenship

While dual citizenship is allowed in the UK, some EU countries do not accept dual nationality.

In all cases, you should check the specific rules that apply in your own country before applying for dual nationality.