I have lived & worked in the UK as a French national since Nov 2006. I have just received my residence card however the HO only gave me settled status date of March 2018 (RC and letter). The case worker suggested that I can apply for citizenship now (i.e. not wait 12months) and provide extra earlier years of residence in my citizenship application to which they will consider. Are there precedents in doing this? What are the risk of my application being rejected? I am willing to enlist the help of a solicitor to build my application.

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Dear Madam,

Thank you for your question.

It is possible for you to apply for citizenship on this basis and there are cases where such an application has been made successfully in our experience.

We are able to assist you with your application. The main concern is submitting sufficient and adequate evidence to show your continuous and lawful residence.

Our immigration solicitors will contact you shortly.

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