Keeping the following in mind:
- I have moved to the UK in 2001, and been in paid employment since 2002
- I did apply for the PR certificate and obtained it in 2014. My application form was based on the period 2009-2014, but arguably i did achieve PR status in 2007. (5 years of residency)
- Since 2014 i have been in and out of the country for study and work. Never for more than 2 years, so I haven't lost PR, but I might not fulfil the residency requirements for BC if based on the last 5 years.
Based on the above, my question is: can i shop around for the qualifying period for British Citizenship? In other words, can i base my BC application on the period, say, 2003-2008, given that by 2008 i had already had PR status for 1 years. Or can it only be based on the last 5 years?