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IMPORTANT UPDATE

There are provisions for late applications for those who missed the June 30th deadline. New Covid provisions for EU Settlement applications have been published. They include Provisions allowing an absence of over 12 months for people with pre-settled status, a provision for a second absence of up to 12 months and for choosing to spend time out of the UK over Covid related issues.

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Absences and Residence

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Allowed absences, proof of residence and the residence requirement.

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  • Allowed absences and discretion

    The usual absence allowances are:
    • Up to 90 days in the last 12 months; and either
    • Up to 270 days in the last 3 years if you are married to a British citizen at the time of your application; or
    • Up to 450 days in the last 5 years if you are not married to a British citizen.
    The Home Office has discretion to waive excess absences in individual cases, for example, as a result of your work.

    The individual circumstances of each case will be looked at, includin...
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  • Evidence of residence

    Evidence of residence

    Settled status, is not enough evidence of residence for the last 3 or 5 years, as the criteria to obtain it is different, and it can be based on an earlier period of residence and not necessariy the last 5 years.

    For that reason, the Home Office requires additional evidence of residence sent with your application.

    The online AN form produces a checklist at the end of the form, where you are asked to send certain documents, including evidence...
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  • Absences and citizenship applications

    To count how many days you have been absent, only whole days of absence are counted, not the day when you leave the country nor when you return.

    If you download the form in pdf format, it will show the calculation, for each stay and the total.

    See: Downloading a PDF of the AN form.



    Please double-check that the dates you have entered are correct, before submitting the form, it is very easy to make a mistake when...
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  • Absences and residence requirements for naturalisation

    Please note the following requirements:

    You need to have been physically present in the UK:
    • 3 years ago on the date you submit your citizenship application if you are married to a British citizen at the time of your application; or
    • 5 years ago if not married to a British citizen.
    The relevant date is defined on page 14 of the Nationality Policy:



    A similar principle would apply to applications on the basis of marriage, where...
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