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Immigration Long Residence

After completing 10 years’ lawful continuous residence in the UK, you may be eligible for indefinite leave also referred to as ‘settlement’ in the UK. You must have held permission to stay (also known as leave to remain) under any combination of immigration categories.

To be eligible to apply for long residence, you must have been in the UK legally for 10 years and kept to the conditions of your leave. The 10-year period starts from when you arrived in the UK on a valid visa. The earliest you can apply for long residence is 28 days prior to completing the qualifying period.

You may be required to prove you have sufficient English language skills and pass a Life in the UK Test under the requirement to demonstrate knowledge of language and life in the UK. There are various other documents you must provide to apply for long residence including a valid current passport or another identity document, a biometric residence permit if you have one and all previous passports you have held during your time in the UK.

The basis of long residence recognises the ties a person may have formed with the UK over a prolonged period in the UK.

At Vestra Lawyers, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you with these types of applications.

We have a high success rate as UK immigration lawyers due to our expertise and in-depth understanding of our clients’ cases. We are Birmingham-based immigration lawyers however we service clients all over the UK and globally. We endeavour to take care of your whole immigration procedure personally to minimise the stress that is caused during the immigration application process.

Call us today on 0121 728 5999 / 0203 929 5999, or email us on to discuss your immigration case with a highly trained and skilled lawyer. Our friendly team are here to help you from your first point of contact until your case is concluded. Do not hesitate to get in touch today so that we can help you.


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