20 Years Residence Rule

What is the 20 Years Residence Immigration Rule?

On the 12th July 2012, the Home Office changed the 14 Year long residence rules which previously allowed the applicant to be granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK, and replaced the long residence with the 20 Years Residence Immigration rule. This is also known as the 20 year rule or 20 year route allowing you to stay in the UK  

The difference between the 10 Year long residence rule, is of great difference as you are not required to have lived in the UK lawfully in order to qualify under the 20 years long residence route in the UK. It does however require for you to have lived in the UK for 20 years continuously and does not allow you to obtain indefinite leave to remain unless you have completed 10 years in this category. This is known as the long residence applications and you are not required to have lawful residence in the UK. 

What are the Requirements to apply for 20 Years Residence route?

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

  • You have lived continuously in the UK 20 years. 
  • There are no public interest (public good) reasons why it would be undesirable to grant you leave o remain in the UK
  • You meet the suitability grounds which includes any period of imprisonment or time spent in prison 

Will I be granted ILR?

Unlike the 10 years long residence route you are granted Indefinite leave to remain in the UK, but under the 20 years long residence, you are instead granted leave to remain in the UK for a period of 2.5 years or period of 30 months. This category later leads to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK and then the applicant can apply for British nationality.

Unfortunately, the Home Office often reject applications – especially if they have been made without legal guidance as mistakes can easily be made. You may have provide insufficient evidence or made a minor error in your application for long residence. You need to act fast if you want to successfully appeal the Home Office’s decision.

Do I need to pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge?

You will be required to pay the Government NHS Surcharge, which is a separate fee and currently £1,560 for the length of your visa in support of your application. This fee would need to be paid online including the visa application fee, which is £1,033 plus £19.20 towards the Biometric fee. 

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Can I qualify if I have lived in the UK for less than 20 years?

If you have lived in the UK for less than 20 years but there would be very significant obstacles to the applicant’s integration into the country to which he/she would have to go if required to leave the UK, you can still be granted leave to remain in the UK on the basis of your private life outside of the Immigration rules. Your case will be considered from the Home Office on a case to case basis in deciding to grant you leave to remain in the UK 

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 leave to remain in the UK. It some cases it can be a lot less and decided quickly depending on the circumstances of your case. The Home Office may also request further information or documents in order to establish that you have not left the UK, during your long residence in the UK and documents to prove your presence for 20 years. 

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How can we help?

Our Friendly Team of Immigration Solicitors are experts in dealing with your application for 20 years long residence or leave to remain if have lived for less than 20 years 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. 

Our Immigration Solicitors in London are fully trained in Immigration cases across the entire spectrum and are accredited by the Law Society under the Immigration & Asylum Accreditation scheme, to deal with your immigration matter and provide specialist advice in a cost effective way who will handle your case from start to finish. We can offer an advice meeting so that you can talk to one of our expert lawyers and ask any questions. 

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 20 years long residence or leave to remain if have lived for less than 20 years in the UK to the Home Office;
  • Assessing and checking your documents and evidence to ensure that your for 20 years long residence or leave to remain if have lived for less than 20 years in the UK
  • Advising you if any documents are missing or additional documents are required to support and strengthen your application for 20 years long residence or leave to remain if have lived for less than 20 years in the UK
  • 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 20 years long residence or leave to remain if have lived for less than 20 years in the UK
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