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Just want to know what are the goods and bad of giving up my British citizenship?
I’m a Portuguese citizen who has been in uk for last 15 years I also hold British passport. But now I want to give it up. as i hold portuguese passport
So do you think it’s a good idea?
 

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I don't recall there being any incentive (or mechanism?) to do this - unlike dual nationality citizens who renounce their U.S. Citizenship for tax purposes - to avoid being taxed on worldwide income.
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If UK leaves EU, you may then need a visa to stay in UK, unless you have obtained permanent residence after 5 years as Portuguese citizen.
 

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If UK leaves EU, you may then need a visa to stay in UK, unless you have obtained permanent residence after 5 years as Portuguese citizen.
That what i was worried about. but i have been here 15 years now and i only had my british passport for 5 yares. and how can i apply for residence after giving up my brit passport?
 

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Just apply for confirmation of permanent residence on form EEA(PR). Costs £65.
 

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Hi all
Just want to know what are the goods and bad of giving up my British citizenship?
I’m a Portuguese citizen who has been in uk for last 15 years I also hold British passport. But now I want to give it up. as i hold portuguese passport
So do you think it’s a good idea?
Does Portugal recognize dual nationality?

There are countries that don't I am just wondering.

I know it is none of my business, but I'm curious about why would you want to renounce British citizenship which opens different doors as those open by a Portuguese passport, unless you want to run for Portuguese PM or something like that I don't see the harm on keeping both nationalities.
 

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Other than the cost of renewing your British passport every 10 or so years, I don't really see the point of giving up your British nationality. In fact, 20 years ago or so I heard several really funny stories of folks who "turned in their passports" on taking, say German nationality, and six months later the Consulate sent them back their passports saying, "this turned up and we thought you might be missing it."

The rules may have changed since then, but the UK has always been kind of laid back about the once-a-Brit-forever-a-Brit policy.

I'm told it's really difficult to surrender your UK nationality. And hey, if you don't want to pay all that money to renew your passport every 10 years, I don't think you actually need to do that, either. (Check the rules, but generally you can renew a passport up to several years after the old one has expired.)
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Does Portugal recognize dual nationality?

There are countries that don't I am just wondering.

I know it is none of my business, but I'm curious about why would you want to renounce British citizenship which opens different doors as those open by a Portuguese passport, unless you want to run for Portuguese PM or something like that I don't see the harm on keeping both nationalities.
Most EU countries accept dual nationality with other EU/EEA nationalities even if they don't allow dual nationality with non-EEA nationalities.

I think the OP might be considering using the Surinder Singh route which would be closed to him as a UK national unless he moves to yet another EU country and exercises his treaty rights there.
 

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I think the OP might be considering using the Surinder Singh route which would be closed to him as a UK national unless he moves to yet another EU country and exercises his treaty rights there.
I'd have thought meeting the financial requirement of being in a job that pays £18,600/year for 6 months is a lot simpler and has no long-term implication unlike renouncing one's nationality.
 

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I'd have thought meeting the financial requirement of being in a job that pays £18,600/year for 6 months is a lot simpler and has no long-term implication unlike renouncing one's nationality.
I'd think so, too.

Nevertheless, I've seen a few people do it or at least talk about considering renouncing British nationality for this purpose.
 

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I think it's a precipitous move. True, you are allowed to regain British nationality after renouncing, once only. But with all the uncertainties surrounding Britain's future in EU, even if you manage to bring someone to UK under Surinder Singh, their continuing presence may not be guaranteed and can be fraught with danger.
 

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With all the time and expense I'm willing to invest to obtain UK citizenship so I can have dual options, I can't understand why someone would want to give it up either!! UK citizens are fortunate in that they aren't obligated for taxes forever no matter where they live, like US citizens are. Once I have both, I will give serious consideration to giving up US citizenship (or slavery, depending on your political views :p ).
 

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The only reason I got the British passport as I wanted to go to Australia on a working holiday visa which I could not get on Portuguese passport.
Now I no longer need the British passport so want to give it up.
Can someone please tell me the process?
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The only reason I got the British passport as I wanted to go to Australia on a working holiday visa which I could not get on Portuguese passport.
Now I no longer need the British passport so want to give it up.
Can someone please tell me the process?
Thank you
Google "Giving up British citizenship" - that should come up with the process
 

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