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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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Good Character


The Good Character requirement: convictions, cautions, fines, etc.

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  • The good character guidance, treaty rights and CSI

    Nine months after this upldate was published, we've not seen any cases where the applicants have been asked for anything going back further than the last 5 years.

    The Good Character Guidance was updated at the end of September to include a reference to lawful residence of EEA nationals and their family members under the compliance with immigration requirements section. This ties in with the treaty rights criteria under lawful residence.

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  • The good character requirement

    The form asks you to declare any of the following:

    For criminal convictions:

    If you have been arrested and charged with an offence, the following is required

    Civil judgments

    Civil judgments are County Court Judgments (CCJs) and Liability orders for non payment of council tax and other civil penalties.

    For motoring offences and penalties, see:...
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  • Speeding fines and awareness courses

    You must declare speeding fines. They are a punishment for the criminal offence of speeding.

    If you don't know the date, make a rough guess of the year. Use your cover letter to set out any explanation you want to give such as you can't remember the precise date etc.

    Generally, speeding fines will not lead to a refusal of naturalisation.

    The guidance states that fixed penalty notices (such as speeding or parking tickets) must be disclosed,...
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  • Parking tickets, FPNs and motoring convictions

    A parking ticket given by a traffic warden or council officer does not need to be declared unless you think that you have so many that it will affect your 'good character'.

    Penalties issued by police officers are different, as are tickets which result in a court appearance.

    Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) are declared under the heading of “A caution, warning, reprimand or other penalty”.

    Points on your license will stay visible...
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  • Breaches of immigration requirements

    Breaches of immigration requirements

    The Guidance regarding breaches of immigration requirements is found on pages 46-50 of this publication: Good Character Guidance

    We then have the section about overstaying:

    And finally:

    If an application is refused, the fee is non refundable.

    If you think any of these issues may apply to you, you may want to seek legal advice before deciding to apply.

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