Sometimes it has felt like a lone furrow being ploughed, as most friends and acquaintances have preferred to either wait and see, or prefer not to give up their citizenship. From the outset, I have believed that Austrian citizenship is the appropriate step for me and my family, especially as we intend to continue living in Austria permanently. Having asked a few friends in recent months, about how they feel about naturalising, there are mixed thoughts, some of which are captured below.
Male A is close to retirement age and has decided not to take citizenship, due to the fact that pension from the UK will be paid out over here, and he will stay here into retirement, and has an Austrian wife.
Male B has a long-term partner and a young child, and has recently gained German citizenship in addition to his British citizenship.
Female C is waiting and seeing. Her children have Austrian citizenship through their father, C’s husband.
Male D is currently trying to get over the hurdle of incomplete insurance periods (Versicherungszeiten), from having had a number of short-term jobs with gaps, to get permanent residence.
Male E has been in Austria 20+ years and is actively pursuing citizenship.
Female F is applying for Irish citizenship.
Female G has recently married her partner from another EU Member State and will qualify for EU citizenship in three years.
Male H is looking into citizenship by award and might be lucky enough to be able to hold dual citizenship.
Male I does not hold out any chance of getting citizenship and is considering returning to the UK.
Male J is currently applying for citizenship, having been in Austria for many years and with an Austrian wife, and needs citizenship to be able to continue to work in his profession.
Female K wants to apply, but is unsure about how her divorce might affect which route she goes down.
Male M is retired and is currently deterred from applying due to the prohibitive cost, in particularly once all paperwork that needs to be translated is taken into account.
Female N is not going to apply, as she is not willing to give up her British citizenship.
Female O has realised she won’t qualify in time, so has decided to move to another EU27 country for a fresh start and intends to naturalise there.
Couple P have been seconded to Austria from France for a short-term secondment and have already applied for additional French citizenship.
Female Q has permanent residence and thinks that will be enough.