New permanent residence card requirement for EEA citizens applying for naturalisation after 12 Nov 2015

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Dear Home Office,

On the 12th of November new rules have been introduced for EEA nationals applying for naturalisation. There is a new AN form released on the 28th Of October, with a new booklet and guide released in early November.
The new rules state clearly that an EEA national should first ‘apply for a permanent residence card to prove that you hold that status before applying for citizenship.’ This FOI request seeks to clarify the guidelines for deciding these applications starting with 12th of November 2015.

Point 1:
Which variant below best reflects the permanent residence requirement for EEA nationals applying for naturalisation?
a) The EEA national should hold the PR CARD for 12 months before applying for naturalisation. The requirement refers to holding a CARD with a date older than 12 months before applying for naturalisation, and not holding a PR card (of any date) with an endorsed status for 12 months.
b) The EEA national should hold PR STATUS for 12 months, despite the PR card held is not dated longer than 12 months ago.The requirement refers to holding PR STATUS for 12 months, and not a physical PR card for 12 months.

Point 2:
In order to further clarify the above I also created a fictional case. Please confirm the date when the given person could apply for naturalisation:
Case example: An EEA national applied for Permanent Residence in May 2015 and received PR CARD in June 2015. The documents provided dated back to September 2009, so Home office record shows that PR status was acquired in Sept 2014, despite the PR card being dated June 2015. Can this EEA national apply to naturalisation before June 2016, given he /she has endorsed STATUS from Sept 2014, but PR card only from June 2015?

Point 3: Please provide any new guidelines released to support decisions for applications received after 12th of November 2015.

Many thanks in advance for the information provided.

Yours faithfully,
Ms Balinisteanu

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Dear FOI Requests,

The FOI request I made on 16th of November ( New permanent residence card requirement for EEA citizens applying for naturalisation after 12 Nov 2015) has never been assigned to a caseworker.
Can you please let me know the case reference number and expected answer times.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Balinisteanu

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Whitehead Jane, Home Office

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Dear Ms Balinisteanu,

 

Please see the attached letter.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jane Whitehead

 

Jane Whitehead

Nationality and Settlement Policy, Immigration & Border Policy, Home
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