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    Respected Member Rory's Avatar
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    Finally got ILR

    These 5 years did go past quite quickly, but on Monday we got the letter saying that we were approved for ILR and Tuesday the wife got her new biometrics card. Great to know that it is all over now.

    Two questions for all those guys that are in the know:

    Firstly, the new biometrics card has an expiry date on it saying 2024, 6 years from when the wife was granted ILR. Would we just have to reapply for a new card if she was not a British Citizen by then?

    Secondly - and most importantly - can we apply for British Citizeship straight way or is the 12 months of ILR still in force? I have read on here that is has been waived now, but on the Government website it is still saying that one of the conditions is that you have had at least 12 months settlement under ILR before applying for Citizenship.

    I would like to get everything totally finished off before prices go up again in April if that is possible. We have booked to fly out to the Philippines for a month in late June. If I started the citizenship process now, we would have to give up her passport and biometrics card, but could we get her new British Passport all done and dusted by June if we can apply now? I am not so sure on that front.

    Lastly, I must add that this site has over the years made my life a lot easier going through the visa process. I thank everyone that has helped me on the road.

    I am still around and will not be leaving this site.



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    Congratulations to you both.

    (Sorry can't help with the other stuff).


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    Thanks Graham.


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    Many congratulations Rory
    Seems like only yesterday you were preparing to bring her to UK
    Time goes so fast


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    Hi Rory,

    You must read this with regards to the citizenship. I believe your wife can apply right away. In the past, you have to wait for another year to get the requirement of living in the UK for 3 straight years (the Spouse visa or FLR at that time was only valid for 2 years, hence waiting for another year when you get the ILR).

    https://www.gov.uk/becoming-a-britis...ritish-citizen
    https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...on-v2.0EXT.pdf

    For the BRP card, yes you just have to renew it if she hasn't got the citizenship yet by then.
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    Thats great news I look forward to the day when my wife will receive hers. The 10 year route is a long wait.
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    ...GREAT news, indeed, Rory; CONGRATULATIONS BOTH of you on Siony obtaining her ILR.


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    Thanks everyone for all the congrats.

    Will have to apply for citizenship as soon as we get back, late July.


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