Mr C has been in the UK for over 10 years, acquiring residency through various immigration visa categories. He first approached A Y & J Solicitors when he required assistance in making an entry clearance application as a Tier 5 migrant and we successfully assisted him in obtaining entry clearance. Again, he instructed us to prepare and to represent him in his application for Long Residence based on ten-year lawful continuous residency in the UK. We helped him address the issue of excessive absences on one occasion due to compelling reasons. This application was approved on the same day and he was granted settlement in the UK.
After continuing to live in the UK for almost twelve months since he obtained a settlement, Mr C again came to us for our assistance in his naturalisation application. He was concerned about the period of his excessive absences which fell within the last five-year residency period as one of the requirements for naturalisation application.
After assessing his matter, we confirmed that despite having excessive absences in the last five years of his residency period, he would still satisfy the residency requirement for naturalisation application. Mr C instructed us to prepare and to represent him in his naturalisation application.
Mr C gathered the supporting documents as per the document checklist we provided, and then he provided us with the original documents for us to finalise the application. Whilst finalising the application, we noticed that Mr C was not physically present in the UK five years before the date the application would be received by UKVI if we submitted the application in the coming two weeks. We advised Mr C to put the application on hold and apply after two weeks when he was physically present in the UK five years before the date that the application would be received by Home Office.
We represented Mr C’s naturalisation application with Home Office. This application was approved by in about three months.
We have recently been informed by Mr C that he attended the citizenship ceremony and he is now a British citizen.