Exemption from “Life in the UK Test”

Danielle Cohen
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Danielle Cohen has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and a reputation for offering professional, honest and expert advice.
8 April 2019

We made an application for naturalisation for a Spanish national who we also helped to obtain permanent residence in the UK in November 2018, with deemed settled status from April 2006.

The background to the case is that this Spanish national came to the UK at the age of 19 and has since been psychiatrically unwell, suffering from mental illness. Following our submissions, the Home Office accepted that the applicant should be granted Permanent Residence because she was a worker who ceased activity and met the relevant requirements in relation to Regulation 15(1)(c) and Regulation 5(3). Her employment was terminated as a result of permanent incapacity to work. We made submissions under section 6(1) of the British Nationality Act for her to be naturalised as a British citizen and asked for her to be exempt from having to take the Life in the UK test, due to her mental illness. Both her applications were successful.