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  • How long before eligible to apply for British citizenship

    I’m hoping someone will know the answer to my question.

    My partner came to the UK with me in July 2010 after living in Thailand since May 2005

    She passed the life in the UK test on 9th March 2011

    She applied for ILR which was issued on 16th December 2011

    We are unmarried partners.

    How long must she have been in the UK before able to apply for British Citizenship?

    Thanks, Phil

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    Unmarried? I think it's 5 years after the date of first entry on a settlement visa. However, as concessions were made to allow unmarried partners of UK citizens to settle here, it could be possible that the same rules apply as they do for a married partner - i.e. 3 years (2010 entry) but I would get it from the horse's mouth in your case.

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    • #3
      Thanks for your reply Flip. I also thought it was 3 years as we have lived outside the UK for over 4 years but the Liverpool checking service asked the home office and they say 3 years if married and 5 in not married.

      However often they don’t know what they are talking about and if its 5 years for unmarried partners then to me that’s discrimination.
      Last edited by Tobias; 4 Jun 2013, 14:24. Reason: Removed bold font.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Phil ne uk View Post
        ... However often they don’t know what they are talking about and if its 5 years for unmarried partners then to me that’s discrimination.
        It is five years for all those who are not married to a British citizen.
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        • #5
          Phil she will also need the B2 english test when she applies
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          • #6
            Thanks for the replies guys.

            Like I said, discrimination for unmarried partners!

            She’s passed the life in the UK test, otherwise she would not have been issued with ILR
            Last edited by Tobias; 4 Jun 2013, 16:10. Reason: Removed bold font

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            • #7
              Phil from October she needs B2 english for citizenship as well as LIUK test
              Human beings are seventy percent water, and with some the rest is collagen

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              • #8
                thanks for the info about the B2 BS, I'll look into it.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ash View Post
                  Phil from October she needs B2 english for citizenship as well as LIUK test
                  The English pass is at level B1.
                  Tobias - โทเบียส
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                  • #10
                    And also not been out of the UK for over 450 days over the 5 year period and not more than 90 days in the last year

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Phil ne uk View Post
                      ... Like I said, discrimination for unmarried partners! ...
                      Not discrimination, you chose not to marry! Only those who are married to a British citizen can benefit from this shortened period. The 5 year rule now applies to everyone who applied to settle in the UK after the new rules came in to play in July 2012.
                      Tobias - โทเบียส
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                      • #12
                        Interesting that you say....

                        “The 5 year rule now applies to everyone who applied to settle in the UK after the new rules came in to play in July 2012”
                        Because does this mean the rules prior to July 2012 allow people to apply after just 3 years as my partner came to the UK with me in July 2012 on a settlement visa?
                        Last edited by Tobias; 4 Jun 2013, 20:06. Reason: Removed bold font

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                        • #13
                          Phil, would you please not bold all your posts, bold font is used primarily to highlight certain words or parts of a post. Many thanks.

                          What was the exact date your wife's application was submitted and what date was the visa was issued?
                          Tobias - โทเบียส
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                          • #14
                            The application was submitted around mid May 2010, I don’t have the exact date to hand.The initial visa to come to the UK was issued on 1stt July 2010

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                            • #15
                              As she already has ILR, the new 5 year rule for family settlement is irrelevant for her.

                              The 3 year rule for Naturalisation under 6(2) was only applicable for the spouse of a British citizen, since the beginning. It was amended to include the civil partner of a British citizen later. No amendments had ever been made to include unmarried partners.
                              Last edited by Vinny; 5 Jun 2013, 04:40.
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