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When making an application for settlement under the long residence (ten-year) route, can you rely on time spent between the grant of entry clearance and entering the UK as continuous and lawful residence?

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Produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal
Published on LexisPSL on 20/06/2019

The following Immigration Q&A Produced in partnership with Nick Nason of Edgewater Legal provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • When making an application for settlement under the long residence (ten-year) route, can you rely on time spent between the grant of entry clearance and entering the UK as continuous and lawful residence?

In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain under the 10-year residence route, leave must be both ‘continuous’ and ‘lawful’.

As set out in: Long residence and private life resources—overview, the meaning of ‘lawful’ residence:

‘…is defined at Immigration Rules, Part 7, para 276A(b) as being continuous residence pursuant to:

…existing leave to enter or remain.’

This means that from the date that leave to enter is ‘existing’, it can be relied upon in this route as ‘lawful’ residence’.

In terms of the meaning of ‘continuous’ residenc

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