I am the spouse of an EU citizen. Both have been married and living in the UK for the past five and half years.
I have just received a UK residence card expiring 2021. I want to apply for the British citizenship but have been told conflicting information from diffrent immigration expert lawyers.
One of them has informed me that I have to wait 12 months before you can apply/The other that I can apply now since you have been living inthe UK for the last five years.
I have cheked the UKBA website but is still not 100% clear: It says you can only apply after 1 year of permanent recidency in the UK but at the same time it says that you are a permenant resident if you have exercised EEA free-movement rights in the United Kingdom for a continuous five-year period ending on or after 30 April 2006.
Can anyone plz advice.
European Economic Area nationals and Swiss nationals
If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) national or a Swiss national or the family member of such a person, you will automatically have permanent residence status if you have exercised EEA free-movement rights in the United Kingdom for a continuous five-year period ending on or after 30 April 2006. You do not have to apply for leave to remain.