20 Years of Continuous Residence

Before 2012, there was a rule that allowed a person to qualify for indefinite leave to remain if they had been continuously resident in the UK for a period of 14 years. This included where parts of their residency had been unlawful.

This rule was abolished and was replaced with the 20-year rule, which allows those who have been continuously resident in the UK for a period of 20 years to apply for leave to remain. There is no requirement for any of this to be lawful residence, however, any time spent in prison will not count towards the 20 years.

You will need to provide evidence to demonstrate that you have been residing in the UK for 20 years. The Home Office may still refuse your application on suitability grounds (for example, if granting you leave would be against the public good because of criminal offending).

If your application is successful, you will be granted leave to remain for a period of up to 30 months. You will need to keep renewing this until you have accumulated a period of 120 months lawful and continuous residency, then you can apply for indefinite leave to remain. (See 10 years of continuous lawful residence).

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: £1033 plus £624 per year for NHS Health Surcharge (where an applicant does not qualify for a fee waiver). 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.

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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