This one of the criteria:

Spent no more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months

Read the full guidance notes and the requirements booklet before applying.

So I've followed the guide and booklet, still not sure.


To satisfy the residence requirement you must not have been absent for more than 90 days in the last 12 months. And the total number of day’s absence for the whole 5 year period should not exceed 450.

Booklet AN

enter image description here

Wiki image with very descriptive filenamae: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom#/media/File:United_Kingdom_(%2Boverseas_territories_and_crown_dependencies)_in_the_World_(%2BAntarctica_claims).svg

Here is another page: https://www.gov.uk/register-british-citizen/stateless-people

enter image description here

Phrase UK or a British overseas territory suggest these are different things?


The United Kingdom has sovereignty over seventeen territories which do not form part of the United Kingdom itself: fourteen British Overseas Territories[22] and three Crown dependencies.

Three have specifically voted to remain under British sovereignty (Bermuda in 1995, Gibraltar in 2002 and the Falkland Islands in 2013).

If overseas territories qualify - job done.

If not - there might be some loopholes.

An unavoidable consequence of the nature of your work. For example, if you are a merchant seaman or someone working for a UK based business which requires frequent travel abroad.

Assuming my job is disaster relief, it should justify my presence on British Virgin Islands?

EDIT / UPDATE: Another loophole could potentially be staying on the vessel registered in the UK?

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.