Citizenship is most commonly acquired by birth, marriage, or naturalization. When immigrating to a different
country and taking up citizenship through e.g. naturalization, you become an individual with dual citizenship.
Multiple or dual citizenship is not something one can “apply for”.
Every country makes its own rules as to who its citizens will be.
When being a dual citizen, you are bound by the rules of the local country you actual reside in. For example,
an Indian citizen who moves to the United Kingdom and takes up U.K. citizenship must adhere to local rules
and regulations pending on what country he or she stays in. The Indian individual does now have Indian rules
to abide by when visiting India and U.K. rules to follow when residing in the U.K. Citizenship is a complex issue,
and it is important that foreign citizens that wish to immigrate to the European Union is aware of their own and
new rules and regulations for dual citizenship.
How can the European Union Benefit You ?
- Become a citizen of an EU country
- Become a resident of an EU country
- Marry an EU citizen/resident
- Obtain an “EU Passport“
- Work temporary in any of the member countries
Overview: The European Union (EU) consists of 27 individual countries, which entitles all citizens to live, travel
and work in the country of their choice. Citizens can freely travel, work, retire, or just vacate without any problems
in any EU country. The European Union provides individuals and families with choices that other individual countries
around the world cannot offer. The “Single Market” that was created in 1993 states that people, money, services, and
good can move freely within the European Union. Currently over 450 million EU citizens are provided with these options.
Opportunities: The 27 EU countries have different immigration programs in terms of foreign work programs,
ways to obtain citizenship, unemployment rates, inheritance of citizenship, and other official immigration programs
which allows individuals to live in one or several EU countries. Some immigration programs can end with
a citizenship while other programs are time limited and related to work or tourism. The advantage
of citizenship in an EU country is that the laws and regulations of the EU is applicable to any country
that you decide to live and work in.
EU Citizenship: The Treaty of Maastricht states that
Every person holding the nationality of a Member State of the European Union
is, as a result, a citizen of the Union. Citizenship of the Union supplements
national citizenship without replacing it. It is made up of a set of fundamental
rights and obligations enshrined in the EC Treaty among which it is worth
underlining the right not to be discriminated on the basis of the nationality.
This means that an individual who becomes a citizen of any EU country automatically is granted EU citizenship.
EU citizenship is not a separate “national” citizenship, but is related to the individual’s rights in any of the
27 EU countries. For example, a citizen of Poland has the right to move to Spain and work/retire legally.
Citizenship vs. Residency: There is a fundamental difference between becoming a citizen and a resident
of any EU country. Citizenship is normally obtained through birth, marriage, long-term residency and family
relations. Only citizens can obtain a passport. A resident with the legal right to live and work in an EU country
holds a foreign citizenship and passport. However, different countries have different rules and regulations for
how long an individual can be a resident before it is possible to apply for citizenship. A resident that gets married
to a citizen can apply for citizenship. Dealing with foreign governments in a different language is not always easy,
which is why we are here to help you.