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British Citizenship via Spouse from CH - possible?

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I'm wondering if it's even remotely possible to secure British Citizenship for my wife from CH? I have British citizenship and would be great for her to have it as well. She does not have Indefinite leave to remain nor any current british visas as we've been living in CH. She had a spouse visa but has since expired 3 years ago.

Appears not via this gov.uk website: https://www.gov.uk/becoming-a-britis...ritish-citizen but I wanted check if anyone knew any other ways or exceptions.

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Old 26.08.2017, 15:03
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Re: British Citizenship via Spouse from CH - possible?

You have to be living in the UK and have been there for 3 years. Not possible outside the UK.... unfortunately.
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You have to be living in the UK and have been there for 3 years. Not possible outside the UK.... unfortunately.
Unless your spouse or civil partner works abroad either for the UK government or for an organisation closely linked to government.
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Re: British Citizenship via Spouse from CH - possible?

Why would it be great ?
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No longer would need a visa or 'indefinite leave to remain'.
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You have to be living in the UK and have been there for 3 years. Not possible outside the UK.... unfortunately.
Longer than that probably since you need to have indefinite leave to remain to start with.

"•you’ve been granted indefinite leave to stay in the UK (this means there’s no specific date that you have to leave) or permanent residence if you’re an EEA national (and you have a permanent residence card or document that shows you have permanent residence)"
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No longer would need a visa or 'indefinite leave to remain'.

Who wants to "remain indefinitly in the UK" ??
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Re: British Citizenship via Spouse from CH - possible?

Lots of people. 80% increase in EU nationals applying for British citizenship.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/846...in-80-per-cent
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Some people may want to.
And anyone who wishes to be buried there as well come to think of it!
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Lots of people. 80% increase in EU nationals applying for British citizenship.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/846...in-80-per-cent
Just because someone applies for a passport though, doesn't meant to say they want to stay in that country indefinitely. Plenty of people collect citizenship from a country and then leave.
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Re: British Citizenship via Spouse from CH - possible?

Nor has the OP said they would or want to. He's enquiring about British citizenship for his wife which requires:

having "indefinite leave to remain" in the UK
be living in the UK and have lived there for 3 years before the application

whether they stay or not is irrelevant to the discussion. It's what is needed to gain British citizenship.

"Infinite leave to remain" requires 10 years' residency in the UK.

https://www.gov.uk/long-residence

Eligibility to apply for "infinite leave to remain" is here:

https://www.gov.uk/long-residence/eligibility

So it seems a) move back to the UK with wife on a spouse visa then b) live there for 10 years so she can apply for indefinite leave to remain then c) apply for British citizenship if she meets the other criteria. No other way to do it.
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Re: British Citizenship via Spouse from CH - possible?

thanks all for the responses. that's what I thought... too bad. Not moving back to the UK so won't happen, at least in the foreseeable future. Cheers
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MitzEclipse, if your spouse is from:
"Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United States or Uruguay"


they become a UK Registered Traveller, meaning they can Fast Track through the UK/EU lane at most major UK airports. The cost is £70 per year, which can be well worth the money if you intend to travel to the UK frequently. It's not a passport, but can really save time at major airports.



Hope this helps,


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MitzEclipse, if your spouse is from:
"Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United States or Uruguay"


they become a UK Registered Traveller, meaning they can Fast Track through the UK/EU lane at most major UK airports. The cost is £70 per year, which can be well worth the money if you intend to travel to the UK frequently. It's not a passport, but can really save time at major airports.

Hope this helps,


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You left the eligibility criteria out:

"Eligibility

You must:
• be 18 or older
• have a visa or have visited the UK at least 4 times in the last 24 months
• have an eligible passport"
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MitzEclipse, if your spouse is from:
"Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United States or Uruguay"


they become a UK Registered Traveller, meaning they can Fast Track through the UK/EU lane at most major UK airports. The cost is £70 per year, which can be well worth the money if you intend to travel to the UK frequently. It's not a passport, but can really save time at major airports.



Hope this helps,


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This isn't of any use for the poster's wife because she is a Swiss national and can therefore already use the UK/EU and E-passport queues.
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This isn't of any use for the poster's wife because she is a Swiss national and can therefore already use the UK/EU and E-passport queues.
But we don't know that she does not possess a second nationality which could be one of those listed.
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This isn't of any use for the poster's wife because she is a Swiss national and can therefore already use the UK/EU and E-passport queues.
Um, where did he say that?

From another post of his:

"We've been living in the UK (me 9 years, her 3 years) and have been in London the whole time, living in Islington the last 3 years. I'm a US/UK she's a US citizen."
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in the first post it states 'wife from CH', but it's a bit vague, and obviously is not totally harmonious with what you have now rooted out...
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in the first post it states 'wife from CH', but it's a bit vague, and obviously is not totally harmonious with what you have now rooted out...
No, what he's stating is his question:

I'm wondering if it's even remotely possible to secure British Citizenship for my wife from CH?"

Not that his wife is from CH. Can his wife apply for British Citizenship while here in Switzerland in the same way wives of Swiss nationals can apply for Swiss citizenship from abroad? The answer is no.
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No, what he's stating is his question:

I'm wondering if it's even remotely possible to secure British Citizenship for my wife from CH?"

Not that his wife is from CH. Can his wife apply for British Citizenship while here in Switzerland in the same way wives of Swiss nationals can apply for Swiss citizenship from abroad? The answer is no.
As I said, it was vague!
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Maybe to you. Was quite clear to me reading the thead title and first sentence.
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