Long Residence Application


Long Residence Applications

You can apply for further leave to remain or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) on the basis of long residence in the UK. The requirements for applications on the basis of long residence are set out in part 7 of the Immigration Rules. All long residence applications are treated as human rights claims by the Home Office UKVI and a refusal of a long residence application normally triggers an in-country right of appeal unless the human rights claim is certified by the Home Office UKVI as manifestly unfounded.

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ILR - 10 Years Long Residence

You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) on the basis of 10 years long residence after you have lived in the UK continuously and lawfully for 10 years. The applicant for ILR 10 years long residence is required to meet the eligibility criteria as set out in paragraph 276B of the Immigration Rules. For the purposes of ILR under 10 years long residence category, the residence in the UK must be both continuous and lawful.

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Further Leave To Remain - 10 Years Long Residence

You can apply for further leave to remain for 2 years if you have completed 10 years in the UK continuously and lawfully. Normally, you need to apply for further leave to remain for 2 years if you are unable to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain on the basis of 10 years long residence due to non-custodial criminal conviction which is less than 24 months old or due to your inability to pass the English Test or Life in the UK test.

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20 Years Long Residence Application

The 20 years long residence applications are made on the basis of private life in the UK by virtue of paragraph 276ADE of the Immigration Rules. A person who has spent 20 years continuous residence in the UK whether can apply for limited leave to remain for 30 months under paragraph 276ADE of the Immigration Rules. The 20 years long residence category replaced the old 14 years long residence category in 2012. As specialist long residence solicitors, we can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for following applications relating to 20 years long residence.

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Initial Application - 20 Years Long Residence

You can apply for initial leave to remain on the basis of 20 years long residence if you have lived in the UK continuously for 20 years whether legally or illegally. An application on the basis of 20 years long residence is considered under paragraph 276ADE of the Immigration Rules. If the application is successful, the applicant is granted leave to remain for 30 months under 10 years route to settlement. For the application to succeed under the 20 years long residence category, it is important that you substantiate your claim of 20 years long residence through documentary evidence proving continuous residence in the UK for at least 20 years. The Home Office can refuse the application if the continuity of residence has been broken in the past.

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Extension Of Stay - 20 Years Long Residence

You can apply for renewal of leave to remain which was previously granted for 30 months on the basis of 20 years long residence before your leave expires. You can apply for extension of your leave 28 days before the expiry of your leave. You cannot apply for extension of 20 years long residence leave from outside the UK and such application can only be submitted from inside the UK. The 20 years long residence route is a 10-year settlement route. There is no 5-year route to settlement for those who seek to rely on their 20 years long residence to remain in the UK.

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ILR - 20 Years Long Residence

You can apply for ILR upon completion of 10 years in the UK with leave to remain granted on the basis of 20 years long residence. The 20 years long residence category is 10 years route to settlement and therefore an application for ILR can only be made once a person has spent 10 years in the UK continuously with leave to remain on the basis of 20 years long residence. It may also be possible to apply for ILR on the basis of 10 years long residence category instead of 10 years under 20 years long residence leave when a person has completed continuous 10 years with leave to remain granted under the 20 years long residence category.

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