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Students who have been living in the UK for 10 continuous years may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), also known as settlement, under the 10-year long residence route. This status allows individuals to stay in the UK without any restrictions.
You may be granted Settlement (also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain or ILR) status only after you have stayed in the UK lawfully without any major breaks or gaps in your residence for 10 continuous years. This settlement status can provide many benefits, such as being able to work and access public services without restriction. It also allows you to apply for British citizenship after a further 12 months of residence in the UK.
Who needs to apply for Settlement in the UK
To settle in the UK, you must have permission to stay, known as 'leave to remain'. This can be in any immigration category, or a combination of different immigration routes.
There are some immigration categories which DO NOT in themselves lead to Settlement (ILR), for example:
However, if you have been living in the UK with a permission to stay under one of these immigration routes, then you may qualify for Settlement (ILR) status considering that you spent at least 10 years in the UK combining time spent under some of these categories.
What are the Settlement (Long Residence) requirements?
You have spent a period of at least 10 years residing in the United Kingdom continuously and lawfully; 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.
When to apply for Settlement (Long Residence) requirements
Apply from inside the UK:
You can submit your application as soon as you meet all the eligibility criteria, rather than waiting until your current visa expires, but the earliest you can submit an application is 28 days prior to completing the qualifying period.
To discuss your UK Settlement (ILR) application please contact our Student Visa lawyers on +44 7513621625 or schedule consultation below.
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