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A friend of mine holding ILR since 2006 but currently Living overseas and wanting to move to UK if if gets the citizenship - how is this possible ?
JA: What steps has your friend taken? Have they filed any paperwork with the UK government? What country does your friend live in? If different, what is their citizenship?
Customer: No, Singapore, Indian
JA: Has your friend talked to a lawyer about the green card?
Customer: not yet
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I beleive, He has a green card for several years before the ILR.

Hi, Welcome to JA

When did you friend start living overseas?

How long has he lived there?

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
around10 years
Customer: replied 17 days ago.
I would like to discuss by chat first

Does he continue to have any ties in the UK. If he has spent over 10 years in the UK, he has therefore lost his ILR status for staying out of the UK for 2 years

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
With the ILR since 2006, what can he do to take a UK passport?

He cannot obtain a UK passport

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
he has an appartment in UK and visits ofter, with exception of the covid
Customer: replied 17 days ago.
visits often

He would need to apply for a Returning visit visa to the UK

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
what would he need to do to obtain UK passport?

He cannot obtain a UK passport. He must first acquire his ILR status and then be residence for 5 years before applying for naturalisation as a British citizen

Customer: replied 17 days ago.
he still has the ILR, does this mean he would need residence for 5 years? With residence, how long must you be in UK

If you are not married to a British citizen (or do not wish to rely on your marriage to a British citizen) the Home Office must be satisfied that:

  • You were in the UK on the day five years before the date of your application;
  • You have not been absent from the UK for more than 450 days during the intervening five year period;
  • You have not been in the UK in breach of the immigration laws at any time during that five year period;
  • You have not been absent from the UK for more than 90 days during the 12 month period immediately preceding the date of your application;
  • You are not subject to any limit on the period for which you may remain in the UK and have not been subject to any such time limit at any time during the 12 month period immediately preceding the date of your application;
  • You are of good character;
  • You have sufficient knowledge of the English, Welsh or Scottish Gaelic language;
  • Your intentions are that if your application is successful your home (or principal home) will be in the UK.
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Customer: replied 17 days ago.
Thank you

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