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Old Apr 8th 2021, 7:02 pm
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Default Easiest (cheap/fastest) way to get an EU passport

It seems a bit quiet on here.

One option to get over the end of free movement now the UK is out of the EU would be to move to an EU (or Schengen?) country and then satisfy residence requirements and become a citizen.
Does anyone know which EU country offers the fastest (affordable) way to migrate?

Noting that I can't afford a golden passport from Malta.
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Old Apr 8th 2021, 10:10 pm
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Citizenship in most countries can only be sought after being legally resident in them for 10 years so an EU passport would not be readily available.

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Old Apr 9th 2021, 5:36 am
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I believe some provide citizenship in less than 10 years, but are still likely to be 3-5 years. You also need to consider the visa requirements to live there for the qualifying period, and whether there are any other requirements for citizenship, e.g. language requirements.

It's worth checking your family tree, in case you qualify for a passport by descent.
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Old Apr 9th 2021, 7:40 am
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No visa issues going to Ireland, 5 years then passport probs be one of the best options?
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Ireland would be your best bet but it’s likely far more efficient simply to meet the visa requirements for whichever EU country you wish to move to rather than live in a country you don’t for five to six years first.
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Cyprus or Malta if you have €100k to waste. Thank me later.
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Old Apr 9th 2021, 10:38 am
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Ireland would be your best bet but it’s likely far more efficient simply to meet the visa requirements for whichever EU country you wish to move to rather than live in a country you don’t for five to six years first.
Then again most people are born in a place and nobody asked them if they want to spend 18 years of their life there The thing is that many don't meet the requirements (see Spain), so unfortunately Ireland is becoming a gateway. The worst would be if people come here and are not one bit interested in the country and want to make it another England, or just walk around miserable. If people integrate and accept that Barry's is not Tetley (can be bought) and do something for the community then fine.
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Interesting.
We had Ireland down as an option (like it over there) but were wondering what other options there might be.
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Originally Posted by LittleGreyCat View Post
Interesting.
We had Ireland down as an option (like it over there) but were wondering what other options there might be.
All other options would require a visa, so easiest would depend if you need to work or are retired. Only based on lanage you'd have Malta under KEI scheme if you are a key employee. And for retired Portugal offers the D7 visa with lower income requirements. Otherwise there are no easy options left unless you qualify through employment, investment, or meet income requirements for retirement.
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