Absences from the UK

Absences from the UK during the Residential Qualifying Period (British Citizenship- Naturalisation)

There are various requirements for obtaining British naturalisation. Applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age, of sound mind, able to communicate adequately in English, Welsh or in Scottish Gaelic and possess good character. The residential requirements (absences from the UK) are:

Be a resident of the UK for a minimum of three years before the date of filing an application
Must not have remained outside the UK for more than 270 days during those three years
Must not have spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the last year before applying
Not have breached any immigration rules during the three years

All conditions must be fulfilled in order to obtain Naturalization.
Non-fulfillment of any condition often leads to rejection of the application.
However, in some circumstances, some exceptions may be made with regards to the absence time period.

Re: Absences from the UK

  1. The day of departure and the day of return do not count towards the 180 days, so leaving on a Friday and returning on a Sunday is 1 day of absence, not 3.
  2. The 6 months is per any 12 month period, not per calendar year; so the clock does not re-set on 1 Jan giving the person a new allowance of 180 days.

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