The rules on long residence recognise the ties a person may form with the UK over a lengthy period of residence here.
A person who has completed 10 years of 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.
You must satisfy the decision maker that
You have spent a period of at least 10 years residing in the United Kingdom continuously and lawfully; and
Your 10 year 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.
You will have a break in your residence if at any time during the period relied upon:
You were absent from the UK for more than 18 months in total; or
You were removed or deported from the UK; or
You left the UK having been refused leave to enter or remain;
You evidenced a clear intention not to return to the UK on leaving; or
You left the UK with no reasonable expectation of being able to return lawfully; or
You were sentenced to a period of imprisonment (not suspended) or directed to be detained; or
You were absent from the UK for more than 6 months at any one time; or
You were absent from the UK for less than 6 months but had no leave either upon
departure or return (or both).
When assessing whether there are any public interest reasons why it would be undesirable to grant you indefinite leave to remain, the Home Office will consider the following factors:
The strength of your connections in the UK;
Your personal history (e.g. character, conduct, associations, and employment record);
Your domestic circumstances;
Any compassionate circumstances; and
Any representations submitted on your behalf.
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