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Old 16th May 2019, 08:21 AM
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Hi my husband was just approved for his renewal of his spouse visa, originally granted in 2016 and just renewed for another 30 months. However, as of July 2021, he will have 5 years of residence in the UK. Can he apply for citizenship then or does he need to apply for settlement before citizenship? I also was informed by a friend that he may be able to apply for citizenship sooner as the rules have changed. But I can't find any information on this.
I would appreciate any insight possible on what to do next in order to get his citizenship ASAP.
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I looked into this quite a bit as I've nearly been here 5 years (and was hopeful I could just go straight to citizenship) and I was told to do settlement - Set (M) after speaking to several people in different departments and the advice of this forum. Then onto citizenship

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He needs settlement (ILR) as a prerequisite to naturalise as British. Furthermore, he can only get ILR on one settlement route, so he needs 5 years specifically on a spouse visa in order to qualify for ILR. Any time you switch to another visa route, the qualifying 5 year period gets reset. So if he was on another visa type, that time doesn't count toward his 5 year qualifying period toward ILR, it starts from his first visa in 2016. As soon as he is granted ILR, he can apply to naturalise as British (there is no "12-month waiting period" for spouses of British citizens)

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I'm going to hope it changes before 2021 in our favour. Until then, I will bear in mind that ILR is the next step. Thank you. Appreciate the information.

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