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Can EEA nationals become British citizens?

Yes. Once they have held permanent residence or settled status for at least 12 months, they can apply to naturalise as a British citizen.  Depending on their nationality, they may or may not be required to renounce their European citizenship and there may also be tax implications that they should consider before making such an application.

Read more about this and other questions in our

EU Settlement Scheme section.


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