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Old 14th August 2019, 06:12 PM
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I am in the UK with ILR and am now eligible to apply for citizenship at any time.

I have multiple short trips out of the country in the next few months and am worried I may fall afoul of some of the rules that come into play after citizenship is granted. I can wait until after these trips (February 2020) to apply but would prefer to get my application in sooner if possible.

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You must send your biometric residence permit (BRP) back to the Home Office within 5 working days of getting your certificate of British citizenship.
You’ll be fined up to £1,000 if you do not return your permit within 5 working days.
If I am out of the country when I am approved for citizenship, what happens here?
As the certificate is given at a ceremony (for which I choose the date) is this not an issue?
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Once you have a British passport you must use this to enter the UK.
If you do not want a British passport you can apply for a certificate of entitlement instead.
You cannot enter the UK using your BRP or certificate of British citizenship.
I seem to recall that at one point you could apply for a UK passport as an optional part of the citizen application. Is this not the case currently?
Regardless, if I am approved for citizenship while out of the country is there any issue entering on my Canadian passport until I get my UK passport?
Thanks in advance.

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Naturalisation and passport applications are now entirely separate, you can't apply for them together (really unfortunate)

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If I am out of the country when I am approved for citizenship, what happens here?
You get to decide when to attend your citizenship ceremony so it's not really an issue

Something to note - If you travel frequently, one oft-overlooked rule to be aware of is that you need to prove you were in the UK exactly 3 years before your date of application for naturalisation
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Fantastic, thank you.

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Something to note - If you travel frequently, one oft-overlooked rule to be aware of is that you need to prove you were in the UK exactly 3 years before your date of application for naturalisation
I did not know this. Glad I checked in – thanks for your advice.

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