Have found some good information on here re residency requirements and waivers but thought I'd share a bit of info just in case someone else finds it useful. As I've been here less than 5 years (but more than 3 and also have a UK passport) the RFA have to apply for a residency waiver for me. Someone kindly PM'd me back in January to let me know this would be the case and, sure enough, the e-mail came through today! I have been asked to send in original copies of:- my birth certificate overseas employer references suitable proof of residence for time spent abroad overseas police certificate (or statement to detail non-availability) Luckily I got a police clearance certificate before I left Australia as I thought I might need it due to having to have a DBS check each year for work. I have used my Aussie equivalent of P60's for proof of residence and, so far, I've been told those will be sufficient. So just a heads up in case anyone going through the application process right now is in a similar position to me with regard to residency and needs to know what extra documents are needed to help the SC process go smoothly.