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Hi,

I know that prior to 2012 the spouse visa route took only 2 years (with leave to remain) and then you could get ILR (unlike now that it takes 5 years to get ILR). I also know that spouses can now get a British passport immediately after getting the ILR. So effectively with the spouse route it takes 5 years to be able to have a British passport.
What I would like to know is how long after getting ILR could people get the British Passport before 2012? So from the moment people entered the spouse route back then how long did it take for them to be able to apply for the passport?

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I entered the UK on a Fiancée Visa in October '12 to get married; I adjusted my status on 06/11/12 (Solihull PEO); in October 14, I was approved for ILR (at Croydon).

In mid-October '15, I applied for citizenship. I didn't hear back until January '16 and had my naturalization ceremony on 17 February. It took me a few weeks to get my application together but got my passport approved 10/04/16.

All in all, it took 3.5 years from the day I arrived for the first time to the day I had my shiny new passport in my hands. I don't think that I would have saved any time if I'd been more on the ball and had my citizen and passport application paperwork ready to go exactly on the very first day I was eligible... while I went premium appointment for my FLR(M) and ILR visas, no such service exists for citizenship and first passport application, so I had to wait the wait until they were adjudicated.
 
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Thanks for sharing your experience. The reason I asked is because I complained about not being able to vote today as I am on the 5-year route still but then someone said that it's nothing new having to wait so long to get the passport, as before the 2012 changes they also had to wait a long time (more than 5 years to get the passport according to her). But I said to her she probably took time to apply at each stage but she said she couldn't remember but she was sure people were not allowed to apply for a passport after only 2 years as I suggested. It's good to know that there were definitely some people who managed to get the passport in less than 5 years in the past even though it's not 2 years like I thought.

If you don't mind me asking how did you manage to still apply under the old rules if they changed them on June 2012?
 

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The requirement for UK Citizenship as a spouse was the same in 2012 as it is now. As a spouse you have to have ILR AND you have to have been married to your UK citizen spouse for at least 3 years. The difference is that in 2012 you gained ILR after 2 years but then had to wait an additional year to meet the 3 year marriage requirement. Now, you meet the 3 year marriage requirement first but have to wait an additional 2 years before you meet the ILR requirement.
 

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Thanks for sharing your experience. The reason I asked is because I complained about not being able to vote today as I am on the 5-year route still but then someone said that it's nothing new having to wait so long to get the passport, as before the 2012 changes they also had to wait a long time (more than 5 years to get the passport according to her). But I said to her she probably took time to apply at each stage but she said she couldn't remember but she was sure people were not allowed to apply for a passport after only 2 years as I suggested. It's good to know that there were definitely some people who managed to get the passport in less than 5 years in the past even though it's not 2 years like I thought.

If you don't mind me asking how did you manage to still apply under the old rules if they changed them on June 2012?
They changed in July 2012. As long as you applied before 9 July 2012 you were under the old rules.
 

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They changed in July 2012. As long as you applied before 9 July 2012 you were under the old rules.
I was extremely luck in this regard... I was fortunate enough to find this place in March of that year, did some number crunching and found that all of my dates worked (wedding date, proposed date of arrival, 90 day before intended date of arrival application time limit etc) and that I could just get in under the wire and I submitted my Fiancée Visa application on 4 July 2012, 5 days before the rules changed.
 
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That's fantastic! I was already in the UK with a Post-Study Work visa which expired after my wedding in December 2012 so it never occurred to me to check in advance the requirements and I applied at the beginning of 2013. The worst part is we originally were planning to marry in the summer and decided to delaye it till the winter. If we had married sooner I might have found out in time to apply before the changes :doh:
 
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