Immigration UK – Long Residence

Some people may qualify for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) in the United Kingdom because of the length of time they have been living here. The Immigration Rules explain the circumstances in which someone may qualify for settlement because of what is referred to as long residence.

The long residence rules apply in two circumstances:

  • Where someone has been in the United Kingdom lawfully for 10 years or more
  • Where someone has been in the United Kingdom unlawfully for 20 years or more