Your answer can be found easily on the website of UK border agency. I need a professional advise and not just reading me the text on their website. For example, what are the exceptions and on what grounds the tough conditiones can be waved. When I obtaind my Indefinite leave to remain in U.K. I could apply for citizenshio only one year after. What about now? How long should I wait when I enter again? have you had experience with similar case?
O.K. Please let us review this once more. I have got my indefinite leave to remain after 10 years of stay in the U.K. I could stay for another year to get my citizenship. Well, I didn't. Now after 18 years maintaing my Indefinite leave to remain status as it was before making sure not to be out of the country for more than two years, I am faced with this question: If I enter UK this time and decide to stay for my citizenship how long should I wait for this to happen? Some people suggested 3 months, some said 6 months and some said one year. What do you recommend?
I think you did not read my comments precisely. After I got my infinite leave to remain, I have been in the U.K. one or two weeks at a time but maintained my status becouse I did not stay out of UK for more than one or two years. Please read my comments above accurately and let me know what my status will be if I enter UK this time and decide to stay permanently until I get my citizenship. How long should I wait?
I still think you have not read my comments properly. I have been "in the UK for one or two weeks at a time (every one or two years).Of course if I kept my status and left the UK only for a short period I was still eligible to apply.My problem is that I have been out of UK much more than I have been in the U.K.
Over the past 18 years since I have got my status I have not lived enugh in the UK. Now my question is how long should I wait when I enter UK this time to be eligible for applying for my citizenship?
Sorry for my delayed response - I see.
You are allowed 450 days so 15 months (1 year and 3 months outside in the last five years) so if you wait 3 years and 9 months since your last period having accumulated to this, then you will be fine but will need to remain in the UK during this time.
Alternatively, you may apply after 9 months (so you have only been out for 90 days in the last year) and may be able to apply on a discretionary basis if you owned a home or business in the UK so were clearly settled here but had to stay abroad during this time for work/family/illness or some crucial reason. You can explain your circumstances and I can see if I can help but I would advise you to enlist the help of a lawyer to apply for you to cover any such issues.
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