Thanks for your question.
Did you make an application for indefinite leave to remain following your application for a spouses visa?
Thank you for answering, No I have not done anything as yet, I would like to know what I sould be doing next, I have asked many people and have had many many answers, I am now totally confused and certainly need your expert help step for step please.
When did you marry your husband and were you living together as man and wife for a significant time before coming to the UK. Please state how long?
We have been married for 35 years (yesterday was our anniversary) and have been living as man and wife for that long,
Thank you for your quick responce
Good, I think I can put your mind at rest then - it's more than the four years married so I think you qualified for indefinite leave to remain (stamped as 'unlimited' in your passport) automatically.
In order to get a British passport you will need to apply for naturalisation. You should do this immediately because the rules are changing next year and although it will not effect your eligibility to apply it is likely that the UKBA will be flooded and overworked by then so waiting times will increase.
You will have to apply using Form AN1, downloadable from the UKBA website. There are requirements you need to meet before you apply:
The UKBA aims to decide 95% of all such applications within 6 months and yours is not really one I would suspect them viewing as controversial. Once they have decided in your favour you will have to go through the citizenship ceremony by pledging allegiance to the Crown.
You will then be eligible to apply for a passport. You are permitted to hold dual nationality (ie. two passports) by British, but you may wish to check if you are permitted to do so under South African Law. I'm afraid I do not know.
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I am so sorry I have made a mistake, my passport states that I have unlimited leave to enter, sorry for this could you possibly advise accordingly.
Apologies it must be age catching up.
No problem, that is effectively the same and does not change your position. It's a remnant of the old immigration rules.
You could have applied to have it changed to ILR but as your are intending to make an application for naturalisation I would just proceed as above.
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