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Days outside UK - how are they calculated?

Post by DUSTDEVIL » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:55 pm

I have two examples of being outside UK. Just wanted to check how would these be calculated?

Example 1:

01/02/2016 -> flight to Ireland (6am flight)
02/02/2016 -> flight back to UK (8pm flight)

How many days absence are in this case? Zero or one day? Theoretically it should be zero, as I was in UK on both days, with only hours of absence?

Example 2:

07/06/2015 -> arrived in UK
11/06/2015 -> returned to Europe mainland

According to Time and Date it's 4 days in UK. Or should I include end date into the calculation (+1 day) as theoretically on 11th June I was couple hours in UK while getting to the airport?

Lastly, quick question - what if I will have less than 500, but more than 480 days of absence, let's say 485? Are those 5 days a serious issue for Home Office?

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Re: Days outside UK - how are they calculated?

Post by vinny » Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:50 pm

Only whole days absences are counted.
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Re: Days outside UK - how are they calculated?

Post by johnhkg » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:08 pm

DUSTDEVIL wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:55 pm
I have two examples of being outside UK. Just wanted to check how would these be calculated?

Example 1:

01/02/2016 -> flight to Ireland (6am flight)
02/02/2016 -> flight back to UK (8pm flight)

How many days absence are in this case? Zero or one day? Theoretically it should be zero, as I was in UK on both days, with only hours of absence?

zero

Example 2:

07/06/2015 -> arrived in UK
11/06/2015 -> returned to Europe mainland

According to Time and Date it's 4 days in UK. Or should I include end date into the calculation (+1 day) as theoretically on 11th June I was couple hours in UK while getting to the airport?

five days in UK

date of departure and date of arrival count as presence in UK

Lastly, quick question - what if I will have less than 500, but more than 480 days of absence, let's say 485? Are those 5 days a serious issue for Home Office?

It will depend on your circumstances, here's the policy

Where the applicant has absences of between 480-900 for applications under section 6(1) of the British Nationality Act 1981, or 300-540 for applications under section 6(2) and otherwise meets the requirements you must only consider exercising discretion where the applicant has established their home, employment, family and finances in the UK, and one or more of the following applies:
• at least 2 years residence (for applications under section 6(1)), or 1 year (for applications under section 6(2)), without substantial absences immediately prior to the beginning of the qualifying period. If the period of absence is greater than 730 days (for section 6(1)) or 450 days (for section 6(2)) the period of residence must be at least 3 or 2 years respectively
• the excess absences are the result of postings abroad in Crown service under the UK government or in service designated under section 2(3) of the British Nationality act 1981. accompanying a British citizen spouse or civil partner on an appointment overseas
the excess absences were an unavoidable consequence of the nature of the applicant’s career, such as a merchant seaman or employment with a multinational company based in the UK with frequent travel abroad exceptionally compelling reasons of an occupational or compassionate nature to justify naturalisation now, such as a firm job offer where British citizenship is a statutory or mandatory requirement


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Re: Days outside UK - how are they calculated?

Post by DUSTDEVIL » Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:45 pm

Thank you very much johnhkg and vinny , you both were extremely helpful :)

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