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English citizenship My sisters daughter born in the UK 3

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My sisters daughter born in the UK 3 years ago. They are from an EU country.
They still living here and want to stay. What is the first time they can claim english citizenship for her daughter and for herself? Both parents outside from UK but from EU country.

Which EU country are they from please?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
They are from Hungary
Thanks. And can you tell me how long have your sister and her partner lived in the UK?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
They arrived at sept 2007
The best way to proceed is for both parents to apply to be naturalised as British citizens. They can do that in approximately one year (once they have been resident in the UK for 5 years) provided that they have:

  • been present in the UK five years before the date of their application; and
  • not spent more than 450 days outside the UK during the five-year period; and
  • not spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months of the five-year period.
In terms of their daughter, she can be registered as a British citizen once her parents have been granted British citizenship. There are other ways for the child to become a British citizen but they are unlikely to be successful until the parents become citizens.
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