After living in England for 8 years, working as a nurse for 7 years and 180 days and having a small house over there… I maintain a precarious immigration status called ILR-Indefinite Leave to Remain.
It’s more than a work permit but less than citizenship. In the event that I eventually want to exercise my right to apply for British citizenship I will have to show:
- Indefinite leave to remain or “equivalent” for this purpose must have been held for 12 months
- the applicant must intend to continue to live in the UK or work overseas for the UK government or a British corporation or association
- the same “good character” standards apply as for those married to British citizens
- the same language and knowledge of life in the UK standards apply as for those married to British citizens
There is a caveat to ILR in that “intend to live in the UK” is generally interpreted as no more than 2 years without a visit. So I have visited my friends and house/tenants 3 times in the past 6 years for the all important passport stamp in my second/expired passport that holds my ILR.
Once again in January, I traveled to England like I was just sporting off to the other side of town. Seriously, I have made this trip so many times it’s like second nature. On this trip I really thought about how this is the only place, of the many I have visited, that I have returned to again and again.
I have lots of emotional connections to this particular part of England and there are several friends I love to see
Maybe someday I’ll move back there…