The UK immigration allows the overseas nationals to live on a leave to remain on the basis of continuous long residence UK. Applicants can IME check(body,Phone)
Activation Lock apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after 10 years of continuous residence and after 20 years of continuous residence, depending on their circumstances.
The immigration rules and requirements to be considered
- The UK immigration rules allow people to apply for leave to remain in the UK if:
- your age is between 18 years and 24 years and you must have lived continuously in the UK for more than 10 years
- you are below 18 and you have lived in the UK continuously for a minimum of 7 years, and it would be unfavourable to deny you the leave to remain in the UK.
- you are 18 years old or above and you have spent less than 20 years in the UK and would face very grave problems living in the country you would have to leave if not allowed to stay in the UK.
- you are 25 years old or above and you have lived in the UK continuously for 20 years.
- You must also fulfil English language requirements and pass the Life in the UK test.
A 20-year long residence rule
Earlier the immigration rules allowed you to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain if you could evidence that you had been in the UK continuously for 14 years – including if some or all of that time was without leave to remain.
The immigration rules now require 20 years of continuous residence in the UK even if the residence was not lawful, it should be just continuous and this only enables you to make the 10-year route to settlement.
If your application is successful approved you will be granted leave to remain for 2.5 years, and will then need to have four periods of this before applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Time spent in prison cannot be considered towards the 20 years spent in the UK but does not break the period of continuous residence and add it to time spent in the UK after releasing from prison.
Application process and fee involved
You can find the long residence and private life application form and guidance on the government website(gov.uk/uk-family-visa/private-life).
The Home Office website provides a complete list of the basic information and documents you will need to furnish with the application.
You may also need to provide more evidence than this. For example, if you are applying on the basis of how long you have been in the UK, you will need to provide strong, standalone evidence proving that you have stayed for long in the UK.
If you are applying on the basis you would face serious consequences in the country you would be removed to, then too you will need to provide strong evidence to support this.
The payable fee for the application is £2389 for a single person for a standard application procedure online or by post.
The fee increases by £1033 for each dependent applying with you.
Consult legal experts for the smooth application process
It is critical to consider that you must be fully aware of the 10-year and 20-year residence rules before applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. You must take legal assistance so that you do not make any mistakes while arranging the documents and correctly updating them. A Y & J Solicitors provide bespoke advice on all aspects of leave to remain and their advice has benefitted over 4000 clients in the past 10 years.
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