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To enable me to answer your question could you please respond to the following:-
Was your Spanish residency card granted to you giving you permanent residence because you spent an extended period of time in Spain (or were possibly married to a Spanish nationali)?
Did you enter the UK on your own or with your wife/partner?
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I'm afraid that each EEA member state remains sovereign in this respect, so though you may have been able to enter the UK on your PR card you would have to apply for Permanent Residence//Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK after spending a new period of 5 years in the UK with legal leave to remain/work here.. Even EEA member state nationals do not have the right of residency in the UK - it's a right to exercise their treaty rights by working here, not a right to remain here indefinitely. If they want to stay indefinitely they would have to apply for PR/ILR in the same way you will.
Once you have obtained ILR/PR and held this for twelve months then you would be eligible to apply to be naturalised as a UK citizen.
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You can only apply for PR/ILR once you have been in the UK continuously for a period of 5 years with legal leave to remain/work. You can't apply from outisde the UK, nor can you do so on a visitor's visa because these are only granted for short periods of time (6 months).
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They would just give you the same advice I'm afraid...Tom