With an expected rush of post Brexit enquiries concerning naturalisation and permanent residency in the UK, it’s important to remember the guidelines surrounding eligibility.

Since November 2015 those wanting to apply for British citizenship cannot do so without a permanent residence certificate or card. You are eligible to apply for the card after you’ve lived in the UK for five years.

According to amended regulations you can then submit a naturalisation application provided you have had permanent residency for at least 12 months and you have your permanent residence card.

Prior to 2015 such a card was not required to apply for British citizenship; now it is mandatory.

In a recent discussion between a solicitor and European Casework it was conveyed that caseworkers deciding on citizenship applications were able to see when the applicant became eligible for a permanent residence card instead of the date it was actually received.

In the case of those who have been living in the UK for 5 years but don’t necessarily apply for a PRR card as soon as the five years is completed European Casework said: “Your clients will receive their permanent residence dated on the day it is decided, (this cannot be amended due to the system cards and vignettes are produced from), but nationality caseworkers have access to notes which explain the earliest ‘deemed’ date based on the evidence supplied.”

Disclaimer: The material contained in this article is for general information only, and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. Readers should seek an appropriate professional for advice regarding their particular circumstances.
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