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Easiest EU-country to acquire citizenship in? February 15, 2005 11:03 AM

Hello, I am wondering which country in the Eupropean Union is the easiest to acquire citizenship in? I wish to acquire citizenship from a Eu country so that I can live and work in other Eu countries without the need for a work visa. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Jen :)  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
have you checked this link? February 19, 2005 7:07 AM

Hi Jennifer, Susila again. Despite the overall cooperation on most regulations within the EU, there's still some variation in citizenship policy. Have you had a look at http://www.henleyglobal.com/m-citizenship3.htm for example? In almost all cases, there is a residence requirement (varying in length) that has to be met. Spain seems to be one possibility with relatively short residence - sometimes only two years - before you can apply for citizenship.The 'new members' in Eastern Europe may well be trying to attract Western immigrants/citizenship seekers ... check them out individually. S  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 February 19, 2005 7:20 AM

susila, thanks for that link. great information!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Great Link February 19, 2005 7:36 AM

Hello Susila, Thanks alot for the great link. :) I will check it out. Jen  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
 October 09, 2009 2:33 PM

I came across this discussion in a google search, and couldn't help but notice how the post about Spain. Spain is one of the hardest countries to get citizenship in. Unless you have some Spanish blood, it will take 10 years for you to become a citizen. 2yrs is for Latin Americans and Filipinos. If you are only a US citizen, it will take you 10 yrs to get citizenship, and even then, you can't just move there without a work permit. Spain went through a period of relaxed immigration, but that has now changed, and Spain has done a 180. Many other countries have done the same. The Netherlands, and Danmark both used to be quite liberal but are now the opposite. They have changed their immigration laws very dramatically. Ten years is double the amount of time that it would take you in many of the others such as Ireland, Sweden, Finland. Why hang around Spain in for 10yrs to get citizenship, when you can do it in 5 in Ireland? There aren't any countries that will allow you to work without a work permit. Europe is becoming increasingly difficult to migrate to. Britain just changed their immigration law this year. It used to be that you could get citizenship after working for 5 yrs, but now it can take up to 8 years and there are a lot of strings attached such as having a job, doing volunteer work, no criminal record, etc. Eastern Europeans are hard to, many of them requiring also close to 10yrs residency with proper work permits. Germany and Austria are even trying to keep out Eastern Europeans, so you can see that being non EEA will be even harder. This post was modified from its original form on 09 Oct, 14:38  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
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