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Long Residence ILR

The 10 years long residence route to indefinite leave to remain (ILR) provides a route to settlement based on continuous lawful residence in the UK for a period of 10 years.  In this post, we look at the requirements for a successful application for ILR on the basis of 10 years long residence.


If you are a non-UK national and have lived in the United Kingdom continuously and lawfully for 10 years, you may qualify for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK on the basis of long residence.

Requirements For 10 Years Long Residence ILR

In order to make a successful application for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) on the ground of 10 years long residence, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

  • You have spent a period of at least 10 years residing in the United Kingdom continuously and lawfully; and
  • Your 10 years 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.

Long Residence Period

The Home Office has a discretion to grant long residence applications where the applicant has absences in excess of 540 days in total or a single absence of more than six months. You would need to demonstrate that the absence(s) was/were for an exceptional or compelling reason.

If you have not completed the Life in the UK test or met the English Language requirement, you may be able to extend your stay in in the UK, rather than apply for indefinite leave to remain.

The qualifying 10 year period does not need to have been completed recently. You can rely on a historic continuous period of 10 years of lawful residence.

If you have dependants, they may need to apply to switch into a different category of the Immigration Rules, such as the Spouse or Civil Partner or Child categories.

Once you have been granted indefinite leave to remain on grounds of long residence, you will be free from any immigration time restrictions. You will not lose your indefinite leave to remain unless you are absent from the UK for more than two years or commit a serious offence.

It is possible to apply for ILR on the basis of long residence at a Super Priority appointment at the Home Office and receive a decision within 1 working day.

A long residence application is deemed to be a human rights claim and will trigger a right of appeal if refused.

Applying for Long Residence ILR? How our immigration advisers can help

Our immigration advisers regularly assist foreign nationals to settling in the UK on the basis of 10 years long residence.

Whether you require expert advice on the requirements of the Immigration Rules, an independent assessment of your prospects of qualifying for indefinite leave to remain or professional assistance with preparing an immigration application or appeal, our immigration advisers can help.

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our client’s needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to individuals as part of a professional and friendly service.

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