How to obtain European citizenship and in which EU country to choose
What attracts people to Europe? First, the so-called "old world": countries that have become synonyms of fine art, the cradles of painting, museums of architecture. Secondly, it is the quality of life, because if you are not just a tourist, then you need to think for the future, and not just about aesthetic pleasure.
So, being a citizen of the European Union means:
-Freedom. A resident of any EU country can freely move and work in any country within the EU. In addition, it is much easier for Europeans to obtain visas to the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and a number of other countries.
-Stability. Almost everywhere in Europe there is a high standard of living and a stable economy.
-Future. If your family also lives in Europe, your children can receive higher education in the most prestigious universities in the world. The diplomas of European universities are recognized and appreciated everywhere around the globe.
- Social guarantees. Most European countries provide a decent pension, unemployment or disability benefits.
-Profit. Having become the owner of a EU passport, you can buy and sell real estate, make deposits in reliable European banks, establish a legal entity, and take out loans.
It should be dully noted that candidates need to confirm that they have had no problems with the law, bad credit history or debts. Another requirement is to know the language of the country, the passport of which you wish to obtain.
The rules for applying for citizenship in all EU countries are different, of course. However, there are similarities: before you are permitted to get citizenship, you must obtain a residence permit and permanent residence first, as a rule.
A temporary residence permit allows you to stay in the country for a long time. It is drawn up for a year and subsequently extended if the applicant so wishes. Having lived in Europe for a certain period of time (approximately 5-7 years), you can apply for permanent residence. How long you will need to live in the selected country for obtaining permanent residence depends on the local policy and other contributing factors — when marrying a European citizen, this term is always shorter. Permanent residence is issued on the condition that during the years of your life in Europe you have never violated the law and always had a legal income.
A few more years of permanent residence status - and you can apply for a European passport. At this stage, it is required to prove not only your consistency and law-abidingness, but also the knowledge of the language, culture, laws and polity of the chosen place of residence.
Some European countries have a simplified procedure for obtaining citizenship - when investing a certain amount in the country's economy (or when buying real estate for the same sum), a passport is issued automatically, without waiting and passing any exams. In this case, the simplest solution would be to purchase real estate on the island of Cyprus: at large costs (elite living space) - you will be issued a citizen's passport and soon, but even investing in some inexpensive housing, you will significantly speed up the process of obtaining a residence permit and permanent residence.
With regard to some countries, you should also not forget about repatriation. This path is open to those whose direct ancestors were citizens of the chosen state. If you have any solid proof of this fact, you can apply for return to your homeland.
And if you have already lived in the selected country for a long time and you have your personal or business interests here (study, work or a legal entity established in the EU, or maybe family reunification) - you can apply for citizenship by naturalization
Our experts will help you choose the right direction and the option of obtaining citizenship that suits you the best, to save you money and energy, to make your dream come true as soon as possible!