I am a British Citizen currently applying to a position with the UKBA and one of the essential requirements states that I "Must have been resident in the UK continuously for 5 years prior to application."
In 2009 I spent 5 months in the United States (4 months working) and in 2010 I spent 3 months in the United States on vacation. Obviously my question is do I meet the above criteria? The UKBA website has this to say:
"continuous residence" means residence in the United Kingdom for an unbroken period, and for these purposes a period shall not be considered to have been broken where an applicant is absent from the United Kingdom for a period of 6 months or less at any one time.
Does this apply to both citizens and non-citizens? The fact that it says "these purposes" makes me think that the definition for a UK citizen might be different. I tried calling the enquiries helpline but the guy I spoke to sounded stoned or something, he had no idea what I was talking about. We had a good laugh though.