It’s happened. No longer will we sail through the “EU” channel at immigration counters on the continent for our summer holidays, no – now we cue…with everyone else! Except that now…we too are… “else”. Young Brits can’t just go waltzing into European Universities anymore either.
We’re now all subject to the same rules that all other third-country nationals are.
But if you’re feeling that the “Post-Brexit” gloom has put a damper on your global citizen ambitions, fear not. There are still tons of options for upwardly mobile citizens to take advantage of.
THE EUROPEAN GOLDEN VISA SCHEME
For those Brits who haven’t lived in EU member states for long enough to qualify for residency there (this would entail at least a 5-year residence in some states, longer in others. Click here to find out more).
However, if you haven’t lived in a member state for long enough to qualify for residence, you may yet qualify for a work or residence permit under the new EU “Blue Card” scheme.
If all of that means way too much paperwork, and you can afford to cough up upwards of
EUR 250 000 for property investing, you could qualify for one Europes’ “Golden Visas”. This allows you to invest in property or make an investment into government-backed bonds, funds or projects and will entitle you to residency in that country. With many leading to EU Citizenship after 5 – 7 years, this is proving to be a big winner for countries like Greece (which offers the most affordable program), Spain and Portugal.
If you have some serious cash to burn, then you can buy European citizenship. This scheme also extends to other countries outside of the EU including countries in the South Pacific and the Caribbean.
COUNTRIES WHERE US BRITS ARE STILL WELCOME
Now if you don’t fancy living on the continent, but still want to flex your global citizenry, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see who will still welcome us with open arms, and minimal paperwork.
If you’re aged between 18 – 30, then your British Passport will get you a “Working Holiday Visa”, to ten different countries. The process is pretty straight forward and this visa will entitle you to live, work and study (for a limited period) in a range of countries.
So if you’re over 30 and wondering what options exist for you, here is a list of countries that have seen a boom in British expatriates in the “Post-Brexit” era.
Now, while many Brits are feeling frustrated at having their wings clipped and can’t wait to get away to sunnier climes, you might be surprised at how many foreigners are working against all odds to get British citizenship. When all is said and done, the UK. Foreigners moving to Britain cite reasons such as our awesome natural beauty, an abundance of cultural activities, history, the abundance of work opportunities and a safe, tolerant and diverse society that values individual input.
So even if you don’t find yourself able to take advantage of any of these opportunities, right here at home in Great Britain, you’re still doing rather well, but if all else fails…there is always Ireland.