The Brexit referendum has been and gone, with the 51% of UK voters choosing to leave the European Union, and edging out the 49% who had wished to remain part of the EU. The fallout of what CNN called Britain’s biggest step-backward since WW2 has left millions fearing for their freedom, and looking at their possibilities for dual citizenship.
While little will change initially, once the British government activates Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, the changes in day-to-day British life will become more dramatic, as the deadline to the UK’s complete separation from the EU comes nearer.
However, even at its quickest, the UK’s split from the EU will still take at least two years, so there’s no need to star panicking just yet. That said, forewarned is forearmed!
What Will Happen To The UK Passport?
This very much depends on the wrath of German chancellor Angela Merkel and the influence she has on her fellow EU members. Currently, the UK passport is one of the best performing in the world. A passport’s performance is determined by how many countries it can access visa-free. Right now, the UK passport rank’s joint-third, with access to 175 countries.
Norway are not EU members, and yet their passport has plenty of heft, with access to 172 countries. However, Norway were never in the EU so there is no sense of them abandoning it, and with the greatest respect, Norway are not quite the European Union heavy-hitter that the UK are. Britain is the fifth largest economy in the world, and the biggest in Europe, so by leaving they are providing the EU with the mother of all headaches and no-one likes headaches.
If the EU wish to seriously penalize the people of the UK who after-all voted for Brexit, they can end their unlimited access to the 26-nation Schengen Area. Basically this would mean that the tens of millions of UK citizens wishing to take their holidays in Spain, France, Italy, Greece or wherever in the EU, could no longer simply rely on their passports to enter these countries, and would instead have to apply for visas.
Am I Eligible For An Irish Passport?
As 2ndPassports.com reported the week before the EU referendum, there had been an unprecedented surge in the demand for Irish passports by UK citizens. The Irish Passport Office had taken on an extra 200 members of office staff to cope with the demand, which has escalated even further after the UK’s June 23rd decision to leave the EU.
The benefits of ownership of an Irish passport are multiple:
- Full EU Membership – The Republic of Ireland (or Eire) have been a proud member of the EU since 1973, and they took the euro as their currency and became full Eurozone members in 1999. Unlike the UK, Ireland is proud to be part of the EU, and will remain so for the foreseeable future
- 6th Most Powerful Passport In The World – An Irish passport has visa-free access to 172 countries globally, and guarantees its holder unlimited access to Europe’s Schengen Zone, North and South America, Australasia, Southern Africa, and South East Asi
- Dual Citizenship Accepted The Irish government imposes no restrictions on dual citizenship, allowing successful applicants from the UK the right to retain their British citizenship
- The Right To Claim To Be Irish Let’s face it, for various reasons when Brits travel abroad they are not everyone’s cup of tea, but with an Irish passport in your pocket you can legitimately claim to be Irish. No matter whether you travel to the US, Europe, China or Russia with your new Eire passport, you’ll soon discover one thing – everyone loves the Irish!
The Republic of Ireland (or Eire) have been a proud member of the EU since 1973, and they took the euro as their currency and became full Eurozone members in 1999.
An Irish passport has access to 172 countries globally, and guarantees its holder unlimited access to Europe’s Schengen Zone, North and South America, Australasia, Southern Africa, and South East Asia.
Currently, the only way for a UK citizen to claim an Irish passport is by bloodline. If either of your parents are Irish, you are automatically Irish also. If either of your grandparents are Irish, you can claim Irish citizenship, but it’s slightly more longwinded. You can even claim Irish citizenship if your great-grandparents were Irish. These laws apply if your heritage hails from Northern Ireland also. The other option is to marry someone from the Emerald Isle, and you will become an Irish citizen in a year.
For further information on Irish passports contact 2ndPassports.com.
What Other Options Do I Have?
If you have scanned the record books and discovered that you are not in the least bit Irish, don’t despair. If you have a parent or grandparent who was born in an EU country like Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Greece etc., you will be eligible to claim dual nationality based on bloodline. For more information contact 2ndPassports.com, and we can analyze your case, find out exactly where you stand and speed up the second-citizenship process for you.
It’s not just EU citizens who have access to Schengen. The above graphic displays the relationship the countries of the world have with the Schengen Area. The citizens of North America, most of South America, much of Central America and the Caribbean as well as Australasia and much of South East Asia can travel throughout the Schengen Area visa free. If one has a parent or grandparent from a country from one of these areas, it could lead to dual citizenship and solve any potential future Schengen travel problems.
Once again, 2ndPassports.com are here to help if you are unsure as to whether your particular heritage is applicable.
Citizenship By Investment
Of course, the easiest way to guarantee unlimited access to the Schengen Area for the purposes of both living and working is to own citizenship and a passport to an EU member state, such as Cyprus (pictured). Without the benefit of heritage or marriage, the only way of achieving this status relatively quickly is Citizenship by Investment (CBI), the practice of becoming a legal citizen and passport holder to a country by virtue of making a specific and substantial investment into that county’s infrastructure.
The cost of CBI can range from less than 100,000 to several million, and the commitment in terms of physical residency during the application process can vary from days or weeks, to a specific demand by a country’s government for an applicant to spend not only time in the country but to learn its language and history also. While some EU nations require a lengthy period of residency before granting citizenship, others like Malta, Austria, Greece and Hungary deliver their citizenship and a passport in a year or even less.
EU countries who offer CBI programs include Spain, Germany, Portugal, Malta, Cyprus, Belgium, Austria, Greece and Hungary.
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