As of 12 November 2015, any EEA nationals applying for British citizenship will need to meet a new requirement which will affect the planning and progression of their immigration status in the UK.
Any EEA citizen who wishes to apply for British nationality must be able to produce a document that confirms their permanent resident status in the UK. This means that applying for a document certifying permanent residence will become a necessary requirement for any EEA national wishing to apply for British nationality.
It is important that anyone planning to apply for British nationality takes this into account, as these applications can take up to six months to complete. Those wishing to apply for British nationality will not be able to begin their application until their permanent residency is confirmed and they are in possession of a document certifying permanent residence.