UK citizenship applications from EU nationals up by 108% in Q3 2017

According to latest UK immigration statistics published on Nov 30, 2017, total applications for British citizenship fell by 3% to 137,286 in the year to September 2017.

  • UK Citizenship applications made by non-EU nationals fell by 17%
  • UK citizenship applications by EU nationals more than doubled +108%
  • UK Permanent residence cards issued to EEA nationals increased by 480%

EEA nationals and their family members can apply for documents certifying permanent residence and permanent residence cards, as confirmation of a right of permanent residence in the UK. EEA nationals only need to apply for a permanent residence document if they want to apply for British citizenship

After 12 November 2015, a person applying for citizenship who is claiming to have permanent residence as an EEA national or the family member of an EEA national has been required to provide a permanent residence card or a document certifying permanent residence as evidence

To apply for British citizenship by naturalisation, the conditions are:

  • lived in the UK for at least the 5 years before the date of your application
  • spent no more than 450 days outside the UK during those 5 years
  • spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
  • had settlement in the UK for the last 12 months if you are from outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • had permanent residence status for the last 12 months if you are a citizen of an EEA country
  • not broken any immigration laws while in the UK

Applications for citizenship, EU and non-EU nationals

 Year ending Total applications Non-EU EU nationals
September 2012 185,991 176,094 9,897
 September 2013 206,340 190,006 16,334
 September 2014 163,468 146,940 16,528
September 2015 142,360 127,218 15,142
September 2016 142,179 126,413 15,766
September 2017 137,286 104,430 32,856
Change: latest year -4,893 -21,983 17,090
Percentage change -3% -17% +108%

Source: Home Office, Immigration Statistics July to September 2017

Permanent residence cards for EEA nationals and their family members

 Year ending Total Non-EU EU nationals
September 2015 18,713 9,252 9,461
September 2016 37,555 11,377 26,178
September 2017 168,198 16,223 151,975
Change: latest year +130,643 +4,846 +125,797
Percentage change +348% +43% +481%

Source: Home Office, Immigration Statistics July to September 2017

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