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The long residence and private life routes within the Immigration Rules are for those applying for further leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain (also referred as ILR) on the basis of the length of time they have spent living in the UK. This Practice Note is a resource page which includes a summary of the categories, plus links to the relevant Immigration Rules, Home Office guidance, forms, fees and other application information.
The long residence route covers persons who have been lawfully in the UK for a continuous period of at least ten years. If they can meet the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK (also referred to as KoLL) requirements, and there is no reason for the application to be refused under the general grounds of refusal, they can apply for indefinite leave to remain. The route was initially established (as a concession outside the Immigration Rules) to ensure that the UK met its obligations under the European Convention on Establishment 1955.
The private life route was introduced on 9 July 2012, and represents the government’s interpretation of the protection that the European Convention on Human Rights, Article 8 (Article 8 ECHR) should offer to persons in relation to private life claims.
In respect of both routes, if an applicant for indefinite leave to remain does not meet all of the eligibility
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