Hi, I have a simple general question regarding application dates and physical presence relating to UK naturalisation. If one obtained an ILR / settled status on 1-Nov-19 and needed to wait 12 months before applying for naturalisation, would the earliest date for the application be 31-Oct-20, 1-Nov-20 or 2-Nov-20? In light of this, when would the 5-year period (requiring physical presence) start, e.g. 31-Oct-15, 1-Nov-15, 2-Nov-15? Does a short physical presence (a few hours) on the respective day satisfy the requirement for physical presence? Thanks

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Thank you for contacting us with your enquiry. Provided you meet all the requirements, you should apply after 12 months from 1st November 2019. To identify the start of the qualifying period you use the day after the application date minus the length of the qualifying period. For example, in an application under section 6(1) made on 1 March 2016, the applicant must have been legally in the UK on 2 March 2011.  Please contact us on 0203 959 9123 to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your matter.

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