Can I be excused from having CSI if a member of my family was in work?

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Recent developments will likely affect many areas including nationality, naturalisation, registration, access to benefits and more. The answer given below is therefore now out of date.

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You are applying for British citizenship and you have past periods as a student or self-sufficient person where you needed, but did not have, CSI.

If your family member, for example your spouse, is an EU citizen and worked more than 10 hours a week, during those periods, you can demonstrate that you derived your lawful right to reside in the UK from your family member and would thus not be required to have CSI.

Note: this question, like other FAQs on Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI), relates to applications for British citizenship, when considering whether periods of past residence were lawful.

CSI is not required to apply for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Also, once pre-settled or settled status is granted, you are lawfully resident, and you do not need CSI.