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All EU-Countries have a basic citizenship principle of "ius sanguinis"
(law of blood), which means that if you are born to parents with this
citizenship, or sometimes also parents of that heritage, you are
entitled to gain citizenship. Germany, for example, would accept in
the past legally anyone who proves to have been of a Russian-German
heritage, even if this person's grandparents (or great-grandparents)
were the German ones. However, the German law, similarly to other "ius
sanguinis" in other EU-countries, usually refers to first generation
(parents), and would consider grandparents only in extreme cases, such
as people who lost their citizenship during or in consequence of the
two German dictatorships.
However, some also have a principle of "ius soli" (law of the soil),
meaning that they'll grant citizenship to anyone born there,
regardless of their origin.
These are the two main ways to gain citizenship. I am pretty sure, by
your description, that you're neither of European origin, nor born in
Europe. There are, however, other ways.
- Citizenship by marriage (I don't think it is relevant here);
- Citizenship by by Naturalization - this is probably the clause that
would fit you. Several countries in Europe have relatively convinient
citinzeship laws, although none of the European countries is an
immigration country per se.
Many of them - and the new members are actualy more strict here -
would not accept a new citizen who doesn't prove identitifcation with
the republic, as a community: knows the language, lives there for a
certain uninterrupted period, and give away any other citizenship they
These countries do not recognise dual citizenship (at least officially):
* Belgium - under certain condition, extreme cases.
* Denmark - unless there is a treaty with your country saying otherwise.
* Germany - officially, only extreme cases would be considered;
unofficially "German beaurocracy accepts dual citizenship in every
third case". (SOURCE: S.Beitz ? "Foreign immigrants living in
* Czech Republic
Countries that accept dual citizenship:
* Austria - under certain constraints
* The Netherlands - only under certain conditions and constraints.
* United Kingdom
* Slovakia - under contraints
Links to the citizenship requierments of each of the above:
* Finland - Directorate of Immigration
<http://www.uvi.fi/englanti/kansalaisuus.html> : basically, you must
live legally for 6-8 years in Finland (as a permanent resident), show
proficiency of the Finish or the Swedish language (or the Finish sign
language); See specifically
* France - Consulate in NY
(The French assume that if you want to become French, you must know
French). Basically, you have to live legally in France and show
linkage to the French culture. It is one of the most convinient
countries to immigrate to, in fact. Once you get a resident status (as
an engineer, for example), you can start applying for citizenship. You
haven't said anything about your original citizenship, but if you come
from a former French colony or from a country that has close cultural
ties with France, the period would be shorter, and it would be much
easier to receive French citizenship.
* Germany - is added despite the fact that it officially does not
recognise in dual citizenship, because of the de-facto acceptance of
dual citizenship. GermanInfo (Consulate)
gives some information on becoming a German citizen.
* Greece - <http://www.greekembassy.org/Embassy/content/en/Article.aspx?office=1&folder=28&article=95>
- no known schemes of immigration for people of non-Greek heritage.
* Ireland - residential requirements
<http://www.irelandemb.org/citizen.html> - only 4 years in an 8 years
period (relatively lax).
* Italy - After living in Italy legally for 10 years.
* The Netherlands - only under certain conditions and constraints.
You must live legally in the Netherlands and pass a naturaliastion
test (the Dutch language, knowledge about the country and its laws).
* Portugal - Potruguese Citizenship Act
- 6-10 years of legal residency, "have a sufficient knowledge of the
Portuguese language" and "show the existence of an effective link with
the national community".
* Sweden - Swedish Citizenship Act
document - requires Acrobat Reader). - you need to reside legally for
a certain period, and be "integrated" in the society.
* United Kingdom - one of the most convenient countries to
immigrate to, especially in comparison to the hurdles put by other
EU-members on citizenship. Maybe that's why they also have the best
economy in the EU (my opinion...). Immigration & Nationality
lists several ways to become a British citizen:
; see also this chart
More about immigrating to the UK and about obtaining a visa to live
and work there, could be found in a previous answer I gave : UK
immigration back doors?
* Cyprus - You must reside legally in Cyprus for 7 years; See A
United Cyprus <http://www.aunitedcyprus.com/>
* Malta - MALTESE CITIZENSHIP
<http://w2.vu.edu.au/malta/Maltese%20Citizenship.htm> - difficult to
obtain to people not of Maltese heritage.
* Slovakia - under contraints . Five years of legal residence and
knowledge of the Slovak langauge.
Given the regulations in all EU countries, it would be impossible for
you to grant this citizenship to your children - they'll have to apply
themselves, either as adults living legally in the country (the same
way that you would have had), or as adult children of a citizen. None
fo the countries, thus, completely fills your requirements. In all of
them, you'll have to have a legal residency period, which is longer
than the time that it will take your children to reach adulthood.
It is not easy to immigrate anywhere these days. Your profession as an
engineer might help: try to apply to various schemes of "skilled
migrants". UK, France and maybe Germany (despite their official
refusal to acknowledge dual citizenship) might be good places to look
into; Sweden, Finland, Cuprus and Ireland are also worth a try. After
you'll receive a "skilled migrant" visa for you and for your family,
and would reside there legally for a certain period, demonstrating
other requirements (lanaguage, knowledge of the history/system for a
citizenship test), you can apply for citizenship.
Some of the sites I gave you also refer to that option, of bcoming a
skilled migrant. However, I stongly suggest, because laws and
regulations change all the time, that you'll apply in the consulate in
your country of residence, where they have the most actual information
for immigrants with your nationality. n any case, the question of
obtaining a residency or a work-permit in one of those countries is a
different question and would require a different research on my
I hope this answered your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarification on this answer.