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    Default How long before eligible to apply for British citizenship

    I’m hoping someone will know the answer to my question.

    My partner came to the UK with me in July 2010 after living in Thailand since May 2005

    She passed the life in the UK test on 9th March 2011

    She applied for ILR which was issued on 16th December 2011

    We are unmarried partners.

    How long must she have been in the UK before able to apply for British Citizenship?

    Thanks, Phil

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    Unmarried? I think it's 5 years after the date of first entry on a settlement visa. However, as concessions were made to allow unmarried partners of UK citizens to settle here, it could be possible that the same rules apply as they do for a married partner - i.e. 3 years (2010 entry) but I would get it from the horse's mouth in your case.

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    Thanks for your reply Flip. I also thought it was 3 years as we have lived outside the UK for over 4 years but the Liverpool checking service asked the home office and they say 3 years if married and 5 in not married.

    However often they don’t know what they are talking about and if its 5 years for unmarried partners then to me that’s discrimination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil ne uk View Post
    ... However often they don’t know what they are talking about and if its 5 years for unmarried partners then to me that’s discrimination.
    It is five years for all those who are not married to a British citizen.
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    Phil she will also need the B2 english test when she applies
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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Like I said, discrimination for unmarried partners!

    She’s passed the life in the UK test, otherwise she would not have been issued with ILR
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    Phil from October she needs B2 english for citizenship as well as LIUK test
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    thanks for the info about the B2 BS, I'll look into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ash View Post
    Phil from October she needs B2 english for citizenship as well as LIUK test
    The English pass is at level B1.
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    And also not been out of the UK for over 450 days over the 5 year period and not more than 90 days in the last year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil ne uk View Post
    ... Like I said, discrimination for unmarried partners! ...
    Not discrimination, you chose not to marry! Only those who are married to a British citizen can benefit from this shortened period. The 5 year rule now applies to everyone who applied to settle in the UK after the new rules came in to play in July 2012.
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    Interesting that you say....

    “The 5 year rule now applies to everyone who applied to settle in the UK after the new rules came in to play in July 2012”
    Because does this mean the rules prior to July 2012 allow people to apply after just 3 years as my partner came to the UK with me in July 2012 on a settlement visa?
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    Phil, would you please not bold all your posts, bold font is used primarily to highlight certain words or parts of a post. Many thanks.

    What was the exact date your wife's application was submitted and what date was the visa was issued?
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    The application was submitted around mid May 2010, I don’t have the exact date to hand.The initial visa to come to the UK was issued on 1stt July 2010

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    As she already has ILR, the new 5 year rule for family settlement is irrelevant for her.

    The 3 year rule for Naturalisation under 6(2) was only applicable for the spouse of a British citizen, since the beginning. It was amended to include the civil partner of a British citizen later. No amendments had ever been made to include unmarried partners.
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    I apologise for saying B2 not B1 was having a busy day.

    If someone already has ILR/ILE has it gone into law that from October they will have to pass both th LIUK test and B1 ?? Given that they claim the LIUK test books are already at B1 level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil ne uk View Post
    The application was submitted around mid May 2010, I don’t have the exact date to hand.The initial visa to come to the UK was issued on 1stt July 2010
    Then no problem, it was your reference to July 2012 that rang an alarm bell.
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    Yes Ash from 28th October (I think) all those already with ILR wanting to apply for citizenship will need a pass in the LIUK Test and a pass in a B1 qualification. Totally ridiculous in my opinion needing both LIUK and B1 but i've already ranted about that in other threads...

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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    Tobias, you say “then no problem” I’m confused, do you mean it’s 3 or 5 years?

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    In post 12, Phil, you said your wife came with you on a settlement visa in July 2012. Had your wife applied for her visa on or after 9 July different rules would apply.

    As it is, the old rules are the ones to follow and the 5 year rule applies in your partner's case.
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