96. Limited or indefinite leave to remain on the grounds of long residence.

The requirements to be met by a person seeking indefinite leave to remain on the ground of long residence in the United Kingdom1 are that:

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    (1)     he has had at least ten years continuous2 lawful3 residence in the United Kingdom4;

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    (2)     having regard to the public interest there are no reasons why it would be undesirable for him to be given indefinite leave to remain on the ground of long residence5;

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    (3)     the applicant does not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal6;

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    (4)     the applicant must have sufficient knowledge of the English language and sufficient knowledge