I have a friend who is an EU citizen who lived and worked in UK since 2014.
She got her settled status document last year but, sadly, didn't apply immediately for UK citizenship as soon as she was allowed (5+1 year rule).
She had to leave UK for more than 90 days during this summer, returning to her EU country to assist relatives during COVID. Thereby, now she lost one requirement to apply as from here
You should not have:
spent more than 450 days outside the UK during the 5 years before your application spent more than 90 days outside the UK in the last 12 months
Now she's wondering what to do. She's not interested in ethical implications, but only in practical ones.
Should she wait another 12 months, submit without mentioning the break, submit and ask for an exception? Or consider any other option?
She has a job in UK, has been working remotely since the first lockdown, and continued paying the council tax throughout.
PS: note that this question is not about possible clashes with other citizenships she might have.
PPS: the urgency is given by the fact that she is on a fixed-term contract and doesn't know where she will be in one year.