Giambrone & Partners' immigration team advises and assists a range of individuals who require assistance with immigration matters in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and those who wish to adopt British citizenship in a wide range of applications leading to dual nationality.
Immigration law is complex and changes continuously and now, more than ever, impacts significantly on the lives of European Union citizens living in the UK. Our lawyers’ well-deserved reputation and breadth of specialist knowledge combine to make Giambrone & Partners is one of the leading immigration service providers. Giambrone & Partners immigration teams also assist with Italian immigration and Spanish Immigration
The UK is often the country of choice for many young Europeans hoping to expand their experience and forge a career, countless Italian and Spanish citizens have made Britain their home. Since Brexit and the loss of freedom of movement and residence in Britain for EU citizens, the possibility of dual citizenship has become a serious option.
Giambrone & Partners can help guide you as to the best route for you and your particular circumstances, helping you with the challenges and taking you step by step through the process ensuring that your application is sound and will not fail due to an avoidable error or breach.
If you have had an application rejected due to incorrect documentation, we may be able to assist with a re-application.
The lawyers in our immigration teams have years of experience in advising and assisting EU citizens with all aspects of the steps to dual British citizenship. Our lawyers offer pragmatic solution-based advice based on your individual circumstances, including assisting with navigating complex applications.
Where necessary, our immigration team can draw on the expertise of our lawyers in associate practice areas and also those in our European offices. Giambrone & Partners' lawyers are multi-lingual and can discuss your situation in your own language to ensure complete clarity and avoid misunderstandings. We ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of all the requirements that need to be met to achieve British citizenship, including the supporting documentation necessary.
Our lawyers take a realistic approach and have a track record of satisfactorily resolving complicated issues for our clients, including managing discretionary waivers. We fully recognise that the situation has changed between the EU and Britain and our clients need to be certain of their position to enable them to remain in the UK.
If you have a valid UK Permanent Residence Document in the form of a certificate inside your blue ‘residence documentation’ booklet (or pink if you’re a Swiss national) or a certificate inside your passport, your application to the EU Settlement Scheme will not require proof of five years continuous residence in the UK.
There are a number of conditions attached to ILR. Giambrone & Partners' immigration team will be able to establish whether any of the qualifying criteria apply to you, The following are examples:
If you have ILR you can remain living in the UK. The advantage of applying to the EU Settlement Scheme is you can spend up to five years living outside the UK as opposed to two years under ILR. The deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme for most people was 30 June 2021. However, EU citizens and those of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein can still apply if with they or a family member were resident in the UK by 31 December 2020. Your application can proceed is you meet the criteria for permitting application for a later deadline or you have reasonable grounds for not applying by the 30 June deadline. Additionally, you can also apply if you already have pre-settled status, and you’re applying for settled status.
You are eligible to apply for British citizenship following five years legal continuous residence in the UK and also have, in the past 12 months, had one of the following:
From 1 January 2021 if you had permanent residence prior to obtaining Settled Status the time under permanent residence can count towards the 12-month requirement following five years permanent residence.
There are a number of criteria for application for British Citizenship, as follows:
Other routes to British citizenship are:
Giambrone & Partners' immigration teams can discuss your individual situation with you and advise you on the best route to British citizenship. If your application is not straightforward our lawyers will be able to assess your circumstances and provide a realistic assessment of your situation and likelihood of success.
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