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Hi, Ive got bulgarian passport but Ive been living in Spain

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I've got bulgarian passport but I've been living in Spain for the last 15 years. I don't have perminent residence but I've got a document for indefinite leave to remain and work in Spain.
At the moment I'm trying to find work and settle in UK therefore I would need to apply for National Insurance Number. Can I use my document from Spain and apply as a spanish citizen?
thank you


Thanks for your patience.

I’m afraid not, the fact that you have obtained permanent residence in Spain does not change your citizenship. You remain a Bulgarian citizen, just one that has the right to remain permanently in Spain.

It does not change the fact that you are still regarded as a Bulgarian citizen for UK purposes and you should apply on this basis. If you apply on the basis of being Spanish citizen and you do not have a Spanish passport then this could be regarded as a form od deception by the UK authorities here, which is quite a serious charge.

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