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    Just thinking ahead of Pat's ILR Application in about 16 months time. Does it matter how many times/how many days she is out of the UK during her first 2 year Spouse Settlement Visa? We have already taken several short holidays to France & Spain & we will be off to LOS for a month next March..... & so on...... The days start to add up - as do the stamps in her Passport. Probably worrying about nothing but thought it best to check in case we need to curtail our travel arrangements in future. Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

    ......and Seasons Greetings to all !!

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    Just thinking ahead of Pat's ILR Application in about 16 months time. Does it matter how many times/how many days she is out of the UK during her first 2 year Spouse Settlement Visa? We have already taken several short holidays to France & Spain & we will be off to LOS for a month next March..... & so on...... The days start to add up - as do the stamps in her Passport. Probably worrying about nothing but thought it best to check in case we need to curtail our travel arrangements in future. Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

    ......and Seasons Greetings to all !!

    Martyn & Pat

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    As far as ILR is concerned there is no set limit on how often or how long an applicant is allowed to be outside the UK. However, she will need to show that the UK is her main residence and so should have spent the majority of the two years in the UK.

    However, when/if she applies for British citizenship then there is a limit. She must have been in the UK on the exact date three years prior to submitting the application and also during that three years have spent no more than a total of 270 days outside the UK with no more than 90 days in the final year.

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    To add to Nick's post, if the intention is to apply for Citizenship at a later date, then START A LOG of dates out of the country, start and end dates. There is a question on the application form that means that you must list all the trips, their purpose, date you left the UK and date you returned and then the number of days between these dates that you were out of the country. It can cause a real headache to "remember" all of these and if numerous short trips abroad are made the list could be long, needless to say these will be checked so best to record now and ensure they are correct.

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    However, when/if she applies for British citizenship then there is a limit. She must have been in the UK on the exact date three years prior to submitting the application and also during that three years have spent no more than a total of 270 days outside the UK with no more than 90 days in the final year.
    Just a thought on this what does the exact date 3 yrs prior to submitting the application mean,is it simply that an applicant has to have been in the uk for 3 years before applying or if they have been here longer do they have to go through a different procedure to get citizenship.

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    See also BN7 - Naturalisation as a British citizen (7a)

    When the citizenship application is received, she must have been physically present in the UK three years previously, on the exact same day and month. For example, if they receive her application on 17 December 2007, then she must have been present in the UK on 17 December 2004. But then I wonder what day and month would be used if the application is received on 29 Feb?

    All spouse visa holders should see also Knowledge of life in the UK and Application forms ( form SET(M) and SET(M) guidance ) for the ILR's requirements and documents that have to be collected over the qualifying period. Please note that the Application forms may be updated when you are ready to make an application.
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    Thanks for the help & advice. Travel Log started & backdated to June 2007. I'm sure we won't have any probs with the time out of the UK - very reassuring.

    THANKS AGAIN

    Martyn & Pat

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