10 Years of Continuous Lawful Residence

If you have been in the UK for limited leave to remain for a period of 10 years, you may be eligible for indefinite leave to remain, subject to meeting certain requirements.

Continuous Residence

‘Continuous’ residence means that you have been living in the UK for an unbroken period. An absent of less than six months at any one time will be disregarded so long as you still had existing leave to enter or remain at the time of your departure and return to the UK. On top of this, an applicant must not have spent more than 18 months outside of the UK (540 days) in total, unless there are ‘compelling or compassionate circumstances’. Any breaks in continuous residence will restart the 10-year clock.

Lawful Residence 

‘Lawful’ residence means that during the 10-year period preceding the application, you have always had leave to enter or remain in the UK, temporary admission or immigration bail, or an exemption from immigration control. If you have overstayed in the UK, even for a short period, this will be considered unlawful residence. 

There are some limited exceptions to qualify under the 10-year rule even where there are gaps in lawful residence. You should consult an experienced immigration advisor for advice on whether you fall within any of the exceptional circumstances.

Other Requirements

In addition to the continuous and lawful residence requirements, you must ensure that:

  • There are no reasons why granting you leave would be against the public good;
  • You must meet the appropriate English language requirement and passed the Life in the UK test; and
  • You must not have one or more unspent convictions within the meaning of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Indefinite Leave to Remain – Full Representation

Full representation is a comprehensive service, that allows our firm to become your legal representatives and to represent you in all matters concerning your UK visa. This includes preparing the appropriate forms and liaising with UKVI or the Home Office on your behalf.

If you decided that full representation was the appropriate service for you and your family, we would take detailed instructions from you, issue a client care letter and other appropriate paperwork to you, plan works according to what we consider to be your best interests, advise you of any documents or information that we may need to prepare the case efficiently and lodge your visa application for you. We would ensure that you are updated on any key developments on your matter and remain as your legal representatives until a decision is reached on your visa for the UK.

We would endeavour to be on hand throughout the visa application process to guide you and answer any questions you might have about the process. Once the visa matter has been concluded, we would send you a closing letter outlining any items that we think you may wish to know moving forwards. 

Full representation may not be suitable for all clients, but our experience is that for those who have utilised this service with us, they have found it to be very helpful indeed. We would encourage readers to consider the wide range of positive reviews which are available on the internet, relating to our services.

We are proud to be able to offer a fixed fee for full representation in your application for a visa for the UK. Many of our clients find this to be useful in managing their costs and expectations. Although the below pricing information provides a cost range, you will always be given a precise cost on instruction and this will be detailed in your client care letter. The reason that we provide a cost range is because cases can vary considerably according to their complexity. 

UKVI (Usual) Fee: £2389. There is usually a £19.20 charge for submission of biometric information; &

Curzon Green (London based client) Fee: £1800-£2500 plus VAT; or

Curzon Green (Buckinghamshire based client) Fee: £1200-£1800 plus VAT.

Please do not hesitate to contact our team for advice on a precise fee for representation in your matter or with any queries that you may have.

Indefinite Leave to Remain – Consultancy Services:

Our charges for these consultancy services are outlined below.

Curzon Green (London based client) Fee: £250-£350 plus VAT per session which lasts up to an hour (depending on the experience of the person you book your consultation with);

Curzon Green (Buckinghamshire based client) Fee: £200-£250 plus VAT per session which lasts up to an hour (depending on the experience of the person you book your consultation with).

Contact Us

If you are unsure as to which service might be appropriate for your matter, or have any other queries about our immigration services, we warmly invite you to contact our team of experienced practitioners. You can do this by clicking on the links below or by telephoning or emailing our offices. You can explain to the receptionists that you are seeking to speak with the immigration team.

Telephone our offices:

London: 020 3443 9576

High Wycombe: 01494 451355

Marlow: 01628 958445

Email our immigration practitioners: immigration@curzongreen.co.uk

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