Believe it or not, a number of British citizens are considering leaving the country thanks to the country’s decision to leave the EU. A large portion of this crowd includes those who voted against Brexit, but lost by a small margin.

British citizen have the option to get a second passport without having to give up their current nationality since England accepts dual nationality. However, many argue that the UK passport will lose its worth once Brexit comes fully into effect, since Brits may be required to hand red tape to travel to other European countries.

This is why a number of Brits are already considering moving to other countries. The closest option would be Scotland if it ends up being a separate nation, which is a possibility in the near future.

Scottish citizenship

Scotland had earlier decided to stay with England, but now with the latter’s decision to exit the European Union, things might change soon. The SNP has already raised the question of a second referendum. While nothing is confirmed, Brits are already questioning about how this will affect their lives, considering that both countries are one right now.

So, in case Scotland becomes an independent country, will you be eligible for citizenship? Given below are hypothetical requirements.

  • Anybody born in Scotland will automatically qualify for a passport, even if they have not lived in Scotland. This is a birth rite and any child born after independence to Scottish parents will also be a Scottish citizen.
  • British citizens residing in Scotland will also get the nationality if they are residing in Scotland at the time of independence. However, certain time limits may apply in this situation.

But what about individuals who were not born in Scotland and are not a resident? They will also have multiple options to pick from.

  • You can apply for nationality if both or one of your parents qualify for a Scottish passport.
  • Naturalization is also an option available to migrants who have lived in Scotland for at least 10 years. If you meet the requirements under Scottish immigration law, you will qualify for Scottish citizenship.

But Scotland is not independent yet, so this is not an option you can avail right now. Nonetheless, you have other options including Ireland and even America, which offers second citizenship. Speak to an expert regarding your case and get your questions answered. Give us a call at 1-888-428-3341 today.

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