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A person who has completed 10 years continuous and lawful residence in the UK can apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) on this basis. For the purposes of ILR under 10 years long residence category, the residence in the UK must be both continuous and lawful. The rules on long residence recognise the ties a person may form with the UK over a lengthy period of residence here.

Requirements For Long Residence

The applicant must meet the following requirements, in order to be granted indefinite leave:

  • The applicant must have at least 10 years lawful residence in the UK.
  • There must be no reason why granting leave is against the public good.
  • The applicant must meet the knowledge of language and life requirement.
  • The applicant must not have any conviction with custodial setence.
  • In case of conviction with non-custodial sentence, at least 24 months must have elapsed from the date of conviction.

What Is Continuous Residence?

Continuous residence is defined in paragraph 276A of the Immigration Rules. Continuous residence means residence in the UK for an unbroken period. For the purposes of long residence, a period is not considered broken if the applicant:

  • was absent from the UK for six months or less at any one time, and
  • had existing leave to enter or remain upon their departure and return.

What Is Lawful Residence?

Lawful residence is defined in paragraph 276A of the Immigration Rules as a period of continuous residence in which the applicant had one of the following:

  • existing leave to enter or remain
  • temporary admission within section 11 of the 1971 Immigration Act where leave to enter or remain is subsequently granted
  • an exemption from immigration control, including where an exemption ceases to apply if it is immediately followed by a grant of leave to enter or remain.

Events That Break Continuous Residence

Continuous residence is considered to be broken if the applicant has:

  • been absent from the UK for a period of more than six months at any one time, or is absent from the UK for a shorter period but does not have valid leave to enter the UK on their return, or valid leave to remain on their departure from the UK
  • been removed or deported from the UK, or has left the UK following refusal of leave to enter or remain
  • left the UK and by doing so, showed a clear intention not to return
  • left the UK under circumstances in which they could have no real chance of returning to the UK lawfully
  • been convicted of an offence and been given a custodial sentence, or ordered to be detained in an institution other than a prison, such as a hospital or young offenders institute, not including suspended sentences
  • spent a total of 18 months outside the UK throughout the whole 10 year period.

Super Priority Service (Decision Within 24 Hours) For ILR - 10 Years Long Residence

As the expert immigration solicitors based in LondonManchester and Birmingham, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for your ILR application whereby decision on your ILR application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the enrolment of biometrics at a designated service centre.

Our expert immigration solicitors can prepare and submit your SET (LR) application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your ILR application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

Discretion for breaks in lawful residence

It may be appropriate for the Home Office UKVI to use discretion if an applicant:

  • has short gap in lawful residence through making previous applications out of time by no more than 28 calendar days for applications made before November 24 2016 and more than 14 calendar days for applications made on or after 24 November 2016, and
  • meets all the other requirements for lawful residence.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Your Application For ILR On The Basis Of Ten years Long Residence?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for ILR on the basis of 10 years long residence [SET(LR) Applications]. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration solicitors in London, Manchester or Birmingham in relation to your application for ILR on the basis of 10 years long residence in the UK and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

Our Fees For An Application For ILR On The Basis Of Ten Years Long Residence

Our fees for ILR on the basis of 10 years long residence are given in the fee table below: 

Our Service Our Fee
One-off immigration consultation/advice for ILR 10 years long residence £80 (inclusive of VAT)
One-Off Application Checking Service / Documents Assessment £240 (inclusive of VAT)
Full service for ILR 10 years long residence to  cover all the work until decision by the Home Office UKVI From £800 + VAT To £1,500 + VAT

The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of your ILR application and the volume of casework involved in the application. In addition to our fixed fee for ILR on the basis of 10 years long residence, the applicant will also have to pay the Home office UKVI fees for the ILR application.