Long Residence Applications in the UK
Long Residency route to settlement is available to people who have spent 10 lawful and
continuous years in the UK in various immigration categories.
The requirements for applications on the basis of long residence are set out in part 7 of
the Immigration Rules.
Briefly, the applicant is required to prove the following:
• That he has completed 10 years of lawful and continuous residence in the UK
• That he satisfies Life in the UK and knowledge of English language requirement
• That he has no criminal records
• That he has never breached any immigration rules without the last 10 years in the UK
Applications for initial leave to remain, further leave to remain or Indefinite Leave to
Remain (ILR) can be made by a person based on his/her continuous long residence in
the UK. In certain cases, if the applicant cant qualify for a settlement, s/he will be
granted a limited leave to remain for 30 months. Once all requirements for Settlement
are fulfilled, the application can be made again at later stage.
All long residence applications are treated as human rights claims by the Home Office
UKVI and a refusal of a long residence application normally triggers an in-country right
of appeal unless the human rights claim is certified by the Home Office UKVI as
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