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.

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Please double-check that the dates you have entered are correct, before submitting the form, it is very easy to make a mistake when entering numbers, and a single digit wrongly entered would result in a very large number of days absent, when this hasn't been the case.

Avoid copying and pasting dates from a spreadsheet, in some cases, they have come up in US format, which is month/day rather than day/month, for example, 05/03 is the 5th of March in UK format but would be the 3rd of May in US format.

Download a PDF of the form after entering the list of absences and double check that the dates are correct and the totals what you had expected them to be, before submitting the form.

Only whole days of absence are counted, not the day when you leave the country or when you return. For example, if you take the Eurostar to Paris on Saturday and come back on Sunday, you’d have 0 days absent from the UK. If you leave on Friday, you’d have just a one day absence.

The updated version of the AN form says: “You do not need to tell us about trips of 2 days or less.” That would be because they would be counted as a zero days absence as above.

The Nationality Act includes the Isle of Man and Channel Islands as part of the UK for the purposes of residence when applying for nationality. Trips to these islands do not need to be listed, nor do they count as absences.

The criteria used for PR is different, as residence on the Islands does not count towards PR, however, it does count towards settled status.

You can only list up to 30 trips on the form itself, if you have more than 30, you need to do it separately.

If you need to attach a list or spreadsheet to the online form because you have more than the 30 trips the form allows, you can use the cover letter and/or additional information section on the form to refer to this attachment. There is a character limit for the additional info box, making it impractical to list lots of extra trips.

If you can't recall or obtain your exact dates away from the UK, you can list them to the best of your recollection. You can explain this in your cover letter and/or additional information section of the form.

Make sure any trips that generated a stamp on your passport are listed. Applications have been refused for failing to list trips when they had passport stamps for them. Although EEA nationals do not get passports stamped in Europe, they do get stamped when you travel outside the EEA area.

This only applies to any trips during the relevant period, i.e. the last 3 or 5 years, there's no need to list anything earlier than that.

Useful tips to find out the dates you were away from the UK
  • Check your emails for travel bookings: package holidays, flights, hotels, boarding passes, etc.;
  • Ask family and friends you visited or traveled with;
  • Digital photos usually contain information (known as metadata) including the date when the photo was taken;
  • If you are a social media user, check your Facebook, Instagram, etc. posts for dates when you posted photos or updates of your trips abroad;
  • Some people have managed to obtain information from airlines or travel agents they regularly book with;
  • If you were employed or traveled on business, your employer should have records of all your annual leave and/or business travel;
  • If you were self-employed and traveled for work, your accounting records should show the dates when you were away;
Although some people have been successful in obtaining data from the Home Office regarding their trips abroad, others have simply been told that, as EEA nationals are not subject to immigration control, they have no records.

Non-EEA nationals get their passports stamped in and out of the UK every time, so it should be easy for them to provide this information.

There is no need to supply evidence of your trips outside the UK, just list the dates.

If you visited more than one country during your trips away from the UK

The form only allows you to enter ONE country per trip, and the "reason" field only allows 30 characters.

If you visited several countries, you can just say something like: "European tour", "Caribbean cruise", etc. that fits within 30 characters.

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You may use your cover letter and/or additional info field to provide more details of the countries visited. If you spent a few hours at an airport, you can write something like: "layover at [city/airport], [country], or "in transit at [city/airport], [country].

This is particularly important if you visited several countries outside the EU, where your passport got stamped, for example, during a round the world trip or a cruise.

If your passport didn't get stamped outside the EEA, this isn't an issue and you don't need to explain anything.

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