I am an Indian Passport holder. I stayed in the UK from 1996-2007 and had ILR stamp in my passport. Both my husband and son are British citizens. We went back to India in Dec 2007 and stayed there from Dec 2007-Oct 2011. During that time i did not visit or came back to the UK for long stay. The family relocated back to the UK in Oct 2011 and I came back on a returning resident stamp. I would like to go for naturalisation now and obtain British citizenship. What is my status? Can I apply for birtish citizenship or do I have to wait for another 5yrs before i can apply for naturalisation.
System of Law: England-and-Wales
Hi thank you for your question.
You will need to wait for 3 years after obtaining your returning residence stamp before applying for ILR. After obtaining ILR you will need to wait a further year before applying for British Citizenship.
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I already had a ILR stamp does this mean that i have to go for another ILR in three yrs time and then wait further 1 yr before i can apply for naturalisation?
Yes, you will need to meet the residential requirements again as you have been outside of the UK for 4 years.
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