10 Years ILR Long Residence

What is the 10 Years ILR Long Residence Rule?

You can qualify for ILR long residence once you have lived in the UK lawfully and continuously for a period of 10 years, you will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

What are the Requirements to apply for ILR long residence application?

The Home Office must be satisfied you meet the following requirements:

You have spent a period of at least 10 years residing in the United Kingdom continuously and lawfully to qualify for ILR long residence; and

  • Your 10 year 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.
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Do I need to pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge?

You are not subject to the Immigration Health Surcharge, known as the UK NHS Surcharge when you apply for application for indefinite leave to remain in the UK under the ILR long residence in the UK. 

What is the total number of absences permitted to qualify?

You must not be absent for any period of more than 180 days (6 months) at any one time  or spent a total of 18 months outside the UK in the past 10 years (540 days). There are also circumstances in which the Home Office can exercise discretion due to exceptional or compassionate circumstances and we have argued this for many of our client’s.

Are there other factors the Home Office will consider towards your ILR long residence?

The Home Office will consider the following factors:

  • Your age;
  • The strength of your connections in the UK;
  • Your personal history (e.g. character, conduct, associations, and employment record);
  • Your domestic circumstances;
  • Any compassionate circumstances; and
  • Any representations submitted on your behalf.

Are there other factors the Home Office will consider?

The Home Office will consider the following factors:

  • Your age;
  • The strength of your connections in the UK;
  • Your personal history (e.g. character, conduct, associations, and employment record);
  • Your domestic circumstances;
  • Any compassionate circumstances; and
  • Any representations submitted on your behalf.
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What the grounds Home Office can refuse my ILR long residence application?

  • You were absent from the UK for more than 18 months in total; or
  • You were removed or deported from the UK; or
  • You left the UK having been refused leave to enter or remain;
  • You evidenced a clear intention not to return to the UK on leaving; or
  • You left the UK with no reasonable expectation of being able to return lawfully; or
  • You were sentenced to a period of imprisonment (not suspended) or directed to be detained; or
  • You were absent from the UK for more than 6 months at any one time; or
  • You were absent from the UK for less than 6 months but had no leave either upon departure or return (or both).

How long does the Process Take?

On average it can take between 2-4 months for a Caseworker to reach a decision on your application for your application for ILR long residence in the UK. It some cases it can be a lot less and decided quickly for you to be granted ILR long residence. 

How can we help?

Our Friendly Team of Immigration Solicitors in London are experts in dealing with your application for regularise your immigration status in the UK. We will help you every step of the way and deal with any concerns or questions from the outset you may have or what you need to do for your application for leave to remain in the UK to the Home Office.

Once instructed, please feel assured we will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures in your application for ILR long residence in the UK to the Home Office;
  • Assessing and checking your documents and evidence to ensure that your indefinite leave to remain application fulfils the relevant requirements
  • Advising you if any documents are missing or additional documents are required to support and strengthen your application for indefinite leave to remain
  • Completing of your entire application process and any information to process your application
  • Preparing a representation letter to the Home Office as to why you qualify for ILR long residence in the UK to the Home Office.
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