Dual citizenship that includes a European Union passport comes with a long list of advantages.
Have a look below to learn about some of them:
Advantages of EU Citizenship
● No Visa for EU Nations: Travelling becomes easier and cheaper. For regular business travellers, this is a blessing. You don’t need a Visa to travel anywhere in the European Union, and you get to avail of all the benefits conferred on EU citizens such as compensation for flight delays.
● No Fee/Low Fee University: Attending university in an EU country becomes easier. Some universities require no fee; others charge low fees. Your degree will be recognized and valid in all EU nations.
● Health Benefits: A free Health Insurance Card for EU citizens entitles you to medical treatments in any EU nation.
● Tax Benefits: A second citizenship in a country with low corporate taxation such as Cyprus could save you a lot of money in business taxes. If the business is registered in two countries, it will not be taxed twice.
● Employment Benefits: You enjoy access to social security options that assure you valuable benefits such as claim for inability to work due to illness, disability or extended unemployment over a long period. You are entitled to minimum wage for your profession and can claim compensation for unlawful dismissal.
Interested to move forward and apply for a second citizenship? It need not be as long and laborious as you believe. Although the road can take several years, the experts at Taraz Immigration can help you make it easier. Here’s a bit more information about the process.
Steps to Apply for EU Citizenship
You need to first apply for citizenship in an EU country. The process varies from country to country. Generally speaking, you need to live in the country for a specific number of years, collect proof of your citizenship eligibility and submit an application. This will be followed by a citizenship test, language ability test and application fee. The longer you live in an EU country, the stronger are your chances in earning citizenship.
Residency in an EU Country
If you are seriously considering immigration, the first step is to move to any of the 28 EU nations, if you are not already living in one. However, not all EU countries will accept you as a citizen. Moving to Norway, Macedonia or Switzerland will not help.
Once you decide on an eligible country, you need to apply for the right visa, find a job, learn a new language and live in the country for several years to qualify. Each country requires different criteria. Most countries, such as France, requires at least five years of residency. Germany requires eight years to grant you a passport.
Citizenship through an EU Citizen Spouse
It is easier to get EU citizenship if your spouse is an EU citizen. For instance, Sweden requires five years of residency to grant you citizenship but with a Swedish spouse, the period is reduced to three years. In some countries, owning a property or land can earn you citizenship, such as in Greece, Latvia, Portugal or Cyprus.
Some EU nations require you to learn a language such as Hungary, Germany, Latvia, Romania and Denmark. Others insist on a language test. A few nations grant citizenship to children or grandchildren of citizens even if they do not reside in the country. Ireland, Italy, Greece are some of them. Hungary confers citizenship to great-grandchildren too. Germany and UK grant citizenship to only those whose parents were citizens. Some countries such as Poland and Spain have requirements based on the year your ancestors left the country.
Submit copies of original documents, not the original themselves. Documents vary but generally include the birth certificate, copy of your passport, proof of residency, job records, bank statements, travel records, proof of employment, financial records, birth certificates of children and family photos.
The application is available on the website of the country’s immigration department. You will have to pay the application fee (varies with every country) and take the citizenship test in the official language of the country on your knowledge about the country’s customs, language, laws, history and culture. You may be required to be interviewed by a police or judge after you submit your application. Once you qualify, you will be sworn in as an EU citizen in a ceremony which is mandatory for you to attend.
Taraz Immigration, Vancouver
With years of immigration and accounting experience behind us, we understand the challenges faced by immigrants. We are ICCRC certified and bound by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council’s strict regulations to offer you the highest standards of customer service. Please call us for any assistance with EU immigration.