10 Year Long Residence


 

You can apply to settle in the UK if you have been in the UK legally for 10 continuous years (known as ‘long residence’). Settlement (known as ‘indefinite leave to remain’) means you can stay in the UK without any time restrictions. You must meet all the eligibility requirements. Home Office fees for a settlement application i.e., Indefinite leave to remain is £2,389.

Eligibility

You must have permission to stay (‘leave to remain’) in the UK, which can be in any immigration category, or a combination of different immigration categories.

You must also have:

  • been in the UK legally for 10 years (known as your ‘continuous residence’)
  • kept to the terms of your UK visa

If you are aged 18 to 65 years old, you must:

  • pass the Life in the UK Test
  • prove you have sufficient English language skills

If you do not meet these 2 requirements you can apply to extend your visa.

Your 10-year qualifying period starts from either:

  • when you arrived in the UK with a visa
  • when you were given permission to stay in the UK

Continuous residence

Continuous residence is time you have spent in the UK without gaps. You can leave the UK during the continuous residence for up to:

  • 180 days at a time
  • 540 days in total

How We Can Help

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to human rights applicants as part of a professional and friendly service. We take your instructions, understand your requirements, collect all the necessary evidence, complete your application and submit it to the Home Office (UKVI) for consideration. Please contact us by phone on 01202 925737 or email office@arukvisa.co.uk or complete our contact form.