We are currently in the process of applying for citizenships of 2 different EU countries by descent. We planned to do this some time ago, but the current political uncertainty really propelled us to get out s**t together, gather documents and start working on the applications.
I think that the political uncertainty in US will continue regardless of who wins the November elections.
Some practical observations about applying for EU citizenship by descent:
- it is a very complicated and long process. It took a lot of effort to gather all the documents.
- EU countries insist on certifying all the marriage and birth certificates with "apostilles" (something that I did not know even existed before starting this process). To give you some idea of how involved this is, it takes 3 months and 3-step process to get an apostille on a NY birth certificate alone.
- EU consulates in NY are already overwhelmed by the number of people who are taking advantage of citizenship by descent. I think that regardless of whoever wins November elections, the number of people looking for EU citizenships will rise and so will the wait periods. If the political uncertainty in US continues to rise, you can fully expect the EU consulates in US to become even more overwhelmed and the wait times to rise dramatically.