The main strength of the ppron method is for a spouse of a UK national to naturalise as a UK citizen having lived in the UK for 3 years, but without the need for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
What we did:
1. completed a Life in the UK test
2. emailed the embassy in a nearby country to inform them of our intention to submit the application to them.
3. persisted while they debated with the Home Office policy section in Liverpool as to whether they were able to accept the application there from a non-resident – you don't have to be resident, only present in the country.
4. Filled in an AN(NEW)
5. Wrote a cover letter stating our case:
I hereby make application for naturalisation as a British citizen under Section 6(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. I believe that I fulfil the requirements as follows: • I was in the UK on <3 years ago> and have been legally present there for the past 3 years • Current passport
1. I am of full age as evidenced by my birth certificate;
2. I am of full capacity as evidenced by my presence in person;
3. I intend to continue to live in the UK;
4. I am married to a British citizen as evidenced by my marriage certificate and the British Passport of my husband provided;
5. I meet the residence requirements as evidenced by application form and the entry and exit stamps in my passports:
• I have been absent for less than 270 days in the period since that day
• I have been absent for less than 90 days in the past 12 months
• I am not subject to immigration restrictions as evidenced by my presence outside of the UK, in the Republic of Ireland, on the date of application;
7. I have sufficient knowledge of English and life in the United Kingdom as evidenced by the Pass Notification Letter of the Life in the UK Test provided.
I have completed application form AN (NEW) and submit this together with the following supporting documentation to the British Embassy in XXXX:
• Previous passport
• Birth certificate
• Marriage certificate
• Husband's British passport
• Like in the UK Test Pass Notification Letter
I trust that you will be able to process this application with the details provided; however, if you have questions or require further details, please contact me at the address provided in my application form, or by telephone on +44 …
• I was in the UK on <3 years ago> and have been legally present there for the past 3 years
• Current passport
7. The embassy took a consular fee and the application fee of 260 pounds all in local currency cash.
8. They also photocopied all the supporting documentation and returned it.
9. She returned to the UK the same day.
10. The embassy had some difficulty in getting the application pack to the Home Office in Liverpool, with one set going missing. There were also some difficulties convincing the HO that the fee had indeed been paid.
11. Once these issues were resolved, the letter notifying us of a successful application came within two weeks, dated 21st February 2007.
The circumstances of how we got into this situation:
The saga is posted here in full length (link)
We arrived in the UK in 2002 on a UK ancestry visa by virtue of my maternal grandparents; however, in the interim, I became a UK citizen (see here). This left Mrs ftgpmb in an odd situation as she was married to a UK citizen but living in the UK on a visa as a dependent of a UK ancestry visa holder. The dependent ancestry visa may even have been invalid – others in this situation had been forced to start again with spousal visa followed by ILR and finally naturalization (see here) ... a costly and lengthy process. Thanks to lots of help from those on this forum, we elected to use the ppron method which meant that instead of making 3 separate applications for spousal visa, ILR followed by naturalisation, we were able to do it in one, considerably faster and cheaper! thanks ppron!
British Nationality (General) Regulations 2003
Part II, Paragraph 4 indicates the Authority to whom applications should be made if the applicant is "in" a foreign country (importance being the words "in" not "resident")
British Nationality Act 1981 Chapter 61
Section 6(2) - the act under which you are applying
Schedule 1 Paragraph 3(c ) – the important part stating that the applicant needs to be free from restriction under immigration laws on the date of application
Chapter 18, Paragraph 18.2.2 – more guidance under Section 6(2) of the act
Annex B to Chapter 18 – Paragraph 7.1 – clarification that people who are not in the UK are free from immigration time restrictions.
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