Long residency concession
In order to enter the UK, visitors need a visa. The purpose might be anything from meeting family members or touring this beautiful country but most often people visit for business and medical treatment in addition to weddings! Our immigration lawyers makes that experience easy for you.
10 years long residence
You can apply for settlement once you have had 10 years of continuous and lawful residence in the UK. Continuous residence is the time which you spent in the UK without gaps. You should not have been absent from the UK for a period of more than six months at any one time or spent a total of 18 months outside the UK throughout the whole 10 year period.
What is Long Residence?
You must also have permission to stay (‘leave to remain’). This can be in any immigration category, or a combination of different immigration categories. In addition to having a good character requirement, public interest considerations are also taken into account by the Home Office. This rule allows the decision-maker a wider use of discretion and may potentially lead to refusal on the grounds not explicitly spelled out in the immigration rules.
Extension of Stay for 2 Years on the basis of 10 Years Long Residence
In April 2007, the Immigration rules were amended and a provision was added to allow long residence applicants to be granted an extension of limited leave to remain if they did not meet all the requirements for indefinite leave on the basis of long residence.
If you have not passed the Life in the UK Test to apply for ILR on the basis of 10 years long residence or do not meet the good character requirements, you can apply for extension of your stay on the basis of 10 years long residence. The extension of stay will be granted for two years period.
Without consulting a prominent and professional team of immigration lawyers, the chances of submitting a fool-proof application are somewhat low. A viable and skilled team like Harding Mitchell’s immigration lawyers in London will appropriately inform you about the salient intricacies of the application process as well as the mandatory requirements that you need to meet. Mentioned below is a brief overview of the 10-year Long Residence Rule:
- To become eligible for ILR under the 10-year rule it is important to satisfy the Home Office by providing evidence of 10 years long residence in the UK. This must be proven by way of documentary evidence.
- The residence must be continuous
- The residence must also be legal. Any period without leave to remain no matter how short will breach the chain.
- The applicant must show that he has not violated any immigration laws during his 10-year long stay
- The Applicant must meet the English Language requirement and pass the Life in the UK test
- The authorities must not identify any public interest reasons to deem you undesirable for ILR
- The Applicant must no not have any criminal conviction and there should not be any other grounds upon which his application should be refused
The Immigration Rules paragraph 276A defines Continuous Residence as an unbroken period of stay in the UK.
The paragraph 276A defines Lawful Residence as a period of continuous residence, in which the applicant possessed active leave to enter or remain in the UK, had temporary admission under Section 11 of the 1971 Immigration Act according to which leave to enter or remain was granted; or the Applicant was exempt from immigration control.
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