Mnc wrote:Hi Guys,
I applied for EEA 4 on 8.05.2012
Had requested my passport back, so received the passport back on 01.06.2012 along with the confirmation of application.
Now its been over 4 months since I applied, any ideas as to how long it may take? Mine is retention of rights based on 4.5 years of marriage. Would that make a difference to the processing times?
Also, in Jan13 it will 6 years since I got married, will I be able to apply for Citizenship in Jan13 ?
Expect it to take a full 6 months. So for you the time to start chasing hard is November 8th or the day after. The call centre won't give you the time of day before then anyway.
For your citizenship, you'll typically need to prove 5 years of treaty rights as well as 1 full year of PR. While these can certainly overlap, it's going to be easiest to prove the full year of PR if you can show your EEA4 to demonstrate that. If you are successful with your EEA4 it will be proof that the UKBA agrees that you had 5 years of treaty rights as of May 8th, so assuming you get your EEA4 I'd suggest to apply on or just after May 8th next year. Also when you apply make sure that you were in the UK on that exact date 5 years previously and not overseas on a holiday/business/etc.
Thank you for your reply.
For PR, I don't mind waiting till November.
Could you shed light on timeline for citizenship? When would the 6 year period start?
Would it start in May 2007 as I applied for PR in May2012, or would it start in Jan 2007 because I got married in January? I got married in the U.K and we have always lived in the U.K.
Assuming that I get PR before Jan2013, I wanted to know if I will be eligible to apply for Citizenship in Jan2013, I was present in the country in Jan2008, so presence should not be an issue.
When should you appear for the Life in the U.K test?