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How long has your girlfriend been in the UK?
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In order to be eligible for British citizenship and therefore a British Passport first obtain Permanent Residence. She can apply for permanent residence once she has been in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years by being either employed, self-employed, studying or self-sufficient.
During this period she cannot be absent from the UK for more than 6 months in any one year. Once she has obtained the requisite time here she can apply for PR by form EEA3.
Once she has been grated PR she can then apply for naturalistion as a British citizen and then a UK passport.
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It would have a bearing if she were a visa national (as opposed to an EEA national) because you would need to be married for three years before apply for leave to remain and then naturalisation. As she already has a right to remain here under her EEA status this is not applicable I'm afraid.
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