|| Dear all,
|| Merry Christmas!!! Had too much turkey for lunch... :-(
|| In summary, as a non-EEU citizen I married a EU citizen and obtained
|| the usual marriage visa. After 5 years, finally came around to apply
|| for permanent residency status via EEA4 application form back in Aug
|| 2006. Wife is happy with her residence card which we obtained after
|| marriage and did not submit her application for ILR. I finally got my
|| passport back from the Home Office a few days before Christmas, with
|| a permanent residence sticker in my passport (woo-hoo!!).
|| Now the real question is, for the type of document I've been given,
|| it is a 10-year Permanent Residence Card, issued in November 2006,
|| with no restriction on my activities in UK (e.g. working, etc.).
|| However, what concerns me is that there is a renewal date in 10
|| years' time for the PR card (Nov 2016)
|| My question is whether this has the same status as Indefinite Leave
|| to Remain for application to be naturalised as a British?
|| I intend to
|| apply as a naturalised British come next year and would have met all
|| the conditions in 12 months' time (5 years' legal residency, less
|| than 300 or so days out of the country) except for this minor
|| Any help / advice would be greatly appreciated! I have read the
|| guidance notes and info on the IND website but just couldn't find out
|| about this minor clarification.
|| Also, recommend any London-based immigration lawyers for
|| naturalisation applications? (did all applications ourselves so far!)
If your circumstances are as stated in this post, your naturalisation
application will be completely straightforward and you don't need a lawyer,
IMO. The form - AN(NEW) - and guidance notes are simple to complete and the
documentary evidence is clearly listed towards the end of the guide. Apply
through a Nationality Checking Service office, and they will copy and return
your passport and other docs immediately, so you won't have to be without
them for more than a few minutes.
The form and notes are here -
there's also a link to NCS details on the left.