Thank you for your reply. I’m not sure I fully understand the Home Office requirements for somebody with an ILR for longer than 8 years. Quoting the HO naturalisation booklet (table in page 7): “…For absences exceeding 730 days we would expect you to have been resident in the UK for the last 8 years unless the absences were a result of one of the reasons detailed in section 5A1 below…”.
Section 5A1 stipulates:
“For absences exceeding 730 days we would expect you to have been resident in the UK for the last 8 years unless the absences were a result of either:
•a posting abroad in Crown or designated service etc;
•an unavoidable consequence of the nature of your work etc or
•exceptional or compelling reasons of an occupational or compassionate nature etc.
Obviously I do not fulfil these three points; however (which is my initial question really), such points refer to an applicant who has been living in the UK for less than 8 years and has been away for more than 730 days!They are not applicable in my case.
My understanding here is that I have been in the UK for longer than 8 years and has spent more than 730 days (perhaps less than 900 days) abroad. And referring gain to the table in page 7, I may have to show that I meet all other requirements (good conduct included; and that I have established my family, home and estate in the UK; in such case, buying a house here may be of some help? What do you think?