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10 years Long Residence


The 10 years long residence route to indefinite leave to remain (ILR) provides a route to settlement based on continuous lawful residence in the UK for a period of 10 years.  In this post, we look at the requirements for a successful application for ILR on the basis of 10 years long residence.


Requirements For 10 Years Long Residence ILR


In order to make a successful application for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) on the ground of 10 years long residence, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

·       You have spent a period of at least 10 years residing in the United Kingdom continuously and lawfully, and

·       Your 10 years period of lawful residence is unbroken, and

·       There are no public interest reasons why it would be undesirable to grant you indefinite leave to remain and

·       There are no general grounds for refusing your application (such as a relevant criminal conviction), and

·       You have demonstrated sufficient knowledge of the English language and about life in the United Kingdom; and

·       You are not in the United Kingdom in breach of immigration laws.

·       10 Years Continuous Lawful Residence

·       In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) based on the 10-year-long residence rule, you must have at least 10 years of continuous lawful residence in the UK. This can include periods including temporary admission and periods where you have enjoyed section 3C leave. 


Long Residence ILR, Absences & Time Spent Outside the UK


To meet the requirements for an application for ILR on the basis of 10 years continuous and lawful long residence, you must have:

·       Not been absent from the UK for 6 months or less at any one time;

·       Had existing leave to enter or remain when you left and returned – this can include leave gained at port when returning to the UK as a non-visa national;

·       Departed the UK before 24 November 2016, but after the expiry of your leave to remain, applied for fresh entry clearance within 28 days of that previous leave expiring and returned to the UK within 6 months.


How to make a Long Residence ILR Application


Applications for ILR based on 10 years of continuous and lawful long residence are made online.  Suppose you wish to receive a decision on your indefinite leave to remain (ILR) application faster than you will be able to purchase additional paid-for services. In that case, Visas 24/7 can fully assist with this.


Refusal of a long residence Application


In the event of a refusal of indefinite leave to remain, long residence applications made under this rule may be considered human rights applications and should, therefore, attract a right of appeal.


Why Choose Visas 24/7?


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