@ John and Kayalami...thanks so much for your replies guys: to answer you both - my friend was trafficked into the UK in a truck [yes, i know
] and dumped at Dover on 01/11/2001: he immediately went to the police who took him to the Refugee Action who then helped him to make his Asylum claim. So yes, he claimed straight away, not after 5days - i guess it just took a few days for him to show up in the H/Office system, LOL.
We've just been getting conflicting advice from friends on whether he has or hasn't completed his 5yrs yet...if we count from 06/11/2001 [he was now an acknowledged Asylum-seeker here] yes, but if we count from the date of his Refugee status being granted, i.e his ILR [21/01/2002] he still has a few weeks to go.
Again, my apologies if this seems an obvious or even trivial question, but the H/Office stress in their guidance notes that if the application is submitted too early [even by 1 day??!] the whole Naturalisation may be refused or the application returned.
I guess my question is really that i don't know whether or not the time while he was still an Asylum-seeker [between 6 Nov '01 up to 21 January '02] counts towards the 5yrs LEGAL residence in this country that's required.
Many thanks again.