On 1 January 2021, British citizens lost their right of free movement in the EU. Regrettably the days of unfettered travel around Europe are over.
Even if a British was residing in an EU country by 31 December 2020, they only retain residence in that country without any right to onward free movement in other Member States – they are effectively “landlocked” and only allowed to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period when travelling in other EU countries.
As a result, thousands of British citizens have been trying to preserve their right of free movement by taking up citizenship in the country where they live.
British citizens seeking to retain their EU citizenship rights have been advised to look into options for the acquisition of Italian nationality, which allows dual nationality. For example, aside from marriage to an Italian citizen, it is possible to acquire Italian citizenship in Italy after having resided in Italy for only four years as an EU citizen.
Although the relevant Ministry considers this option was closed off on 31 December 2020, this view contrasts with the Withdrawal Agreement reached between the European Union and the United Kingdom.
In the event you are a British citizen wishing to apply for Italian nationality or you have already been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please feel free to contact us for further advice or assistance.
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