If you have been in the UK for 20 continuous years then you can apply for settlement visa (known as ILR - Indefinite Leave to Remain) under 20 years Private Life and Long Residence route. Under the 20-year rule, a person does not have to have lived in the UK lawfully, but they must have lived here “continuously” for 20 years. A person who has lived 20 years continuously in the UK can apply for limited leave to remain under the Immigration Rules.
If the application is successful, an individual will be granted limited leave to remain for a period of 30 months. It will usually have a condition of “No Recourse to Public Funds” attached to it. A person will then be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain once they have accumulated a period of 120 months (i.e. 10 years) lawful residence. So, under the 20-year rule, it will be 30 years from entry to the UK before the person is eligible to apply for settlement.
Home Office fees for this application is £1033.
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