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I am ukrainian. I was studying english and networking until I married my first wife in 2006. I was also working partime all that time. After I married my first wife I was studying Quantity Surveying for 3 years at the Uni and was working as a delivery driver part time. I divorced my first wife in 2009 for I met my current wife and married her the same year. I have been working as QS full time from 2010 ( 3 years) and doing my MSc in contruction discipline. I have been always working and never claimed benefits. I have always lived legally in this Country and have never been away for more than 2 -3weeks a year.
Yes, I did. It's valid until 2015. However, technically I have been exercising EEA right for about 7 years now, working etc. Hence, the question about Permanent residence card..
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My second wife has been working in this country for 6 years and can prove it. So have I. The only problem is that I have only been married to her for 4 years, lived together for 5 years (can prove). So you are saying that my previous marriage and working period of 3 years does not count. Is it right?
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What about the conviction? You reckon I can still apply since it is considered to be spent, don't you? What about 10 years of continiuos residing in the UK. I was sentenced on 23 May 2003. So, it will have been spent by 23 May 2013. However, it was a 15 month sentence meaning that continuous residing started on 23rd May 2003 + 11 months ( I'd spent 4 months in prison until 23/05/03). Does it mean that I have to wait another year before applying.
I followed your link and unfortunately it states that there was a change in law in 2012 and if your sentence was between 12 months and 4 years you have to wait for 15 years before applying for naturalisation otherwise your application should be refused. Does it mean that my case is doomed? Am I right? Could you also explain the difference between "should" and "must" in this case, please?
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Sorry, when i said naturalisation i really meant ILR. From what you said earlier, I understand that I can apply for ILR now providing i passed life in the UK test because criminal aspect is scrutinized a little less then you apply for citizenship plus it happened 10 years ago and I haven't done anything wrong since then as well as been constantly working. Another option is to apply in a year time for a permanent residence card on the basis of having lived with my wife for 5 years. Am I right in both cases? I'm a bit concerned with this 'good character' condition. you are saying it won't affect me in both cases since it is spent under 1974 Act(10 years wait) even though 2012 change in law(page 3 of that doc. you sent me) states differently (15 years before i'm considered a good character).