UK Long Residency: Successful Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications

Non-UK nationals who have resided lawfully in the United Kingdom for a continuous period of 10 years may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (“ILR”) through long residence. In this comprehensive guide, we will outline the requirements, necessary documents, and key considerations for a successful ILR application. Additionally, discover how our leading London Law Firm and specialist Immigration Solicitors can assist you in preparing and submitting your long residence ILR application.

Requirements for ILR on a 10-Year Basis

To qualify for ILR based on 10 years of continuous residence, applicants must fulfil specific criteria:

  1. Resided lawfully in the UK for an unbroken period of 10 years.
  2. No public interest reasons preventing the grant of ILR.
  3. No grounds such as criminal convictions that may lead to application refusal.
  4. Meet English language requirements and pass the Life in the UK test.
  5. Comply with UK immigration laws.

Absences Discretion and Documentation

The Home Office may exercise discretion for absences exceeding 540 days due to ‘serious and compelling’ reasons, such as illness, conflicts, or natural disasters. Applicants must provide evidence supporting the reasons for excessive absences.

Documents Required for ILR Long Residency Application

When submitting an ILR application based on long residence, include the following documents:

  1. Current passport or valid travel ID.
  2. Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) if applicable.
  3. Proof of English language proficiency.
  4. Life in the UK test information.
  5. Accommodation details.

Application Process Timeline

The standard processing time for a long residency ILR application is approximately six months. However, applicants can expedite the process using the super-priority service, providing a decision within 24 hours.

Duration of ILR

Unlike UK visas leading to ILR, Indefinite Leave to Remain does not have an expiry date. However, the BRP, confirming the individual’s status, expires after 10 years. It is essential to renew the BRP or apply for British citizenship to avoid potential lapses in ILR, especially if residing outside the UK for more than 2 years continuously.

Why Choose Our Specialist Immigration Solicitors

Navigating the complex UK Immigration Rules requires expert guidance. Our specialist Immigration Solicitors in London offer a client-tailored approach to ensure a successful long residence ILR application. Here’s why you should choose our leading Law Firm:

  1. Qualified Experts: Our team comprises solicitors and barristers specialising in immigration law, ensuring in-depth knowledge and expertise.
  2. Strategic Location: Based in the legal epicentre of London, we are strategically located near the Royal Courts of Justice, Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, and central London courts.
  3. Thorough Preparation: The success of your ILR application depends on meticulous preparation. Our expert legal representatives ensure all necessary documents are provided, reducing the risk of rejection.
  4. Client-Centric Approach: From the initial consultation, we assess your case and provide guidance on immigration status and application merit.
  5. Proximity to Decision Makers: Our proximity to key decision-making bodies enhances our ability to achieve optimal results for our clients.

Contact Our London Immigration Solicitors

For a comprehensive legal consultation and assistance with your long residence ILR application, contact our Immigration Team at 02030110276 or complete our contact form. Trust our expert Immigration Solicitors to guide you through the intricate process, maximising your chances of a successful outcome.

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