UK Spouse Visa Extension

Once you have obtained the initial tranche of Spouse Visa/Marriage Visa or Unmarried Partner visa the visa is granted to you for a 30 month period.

You should apply for extension 28 days before your visa expires.

Once you have completed 60 months in the UK you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, provided that you meet the requirements under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules and also meet the English language and Life in the UK test requirement.

If you are in the UK already on some other visa then also you can apply to switch to UK Spouse Visa. Once you are granted UK spouse visa you can stay with your married partner and you are allowed to work or study in the UK during your stay in the UK.

You must apply for an extension before your current UK spouse visa expires, otherwise, you may have to leave the UK.

Requirements to be met for an extension

The applicant will need to meet certain requirements for the UK spouse visa to get a visa extension successfully. These requirements are the following:

  1. Financial Requirement

You need to show that you and your partner can meet the financial requirements and would not require any access to public funds. As you are allowed to work in the UK on UK spouse visa, so you can surely use your income if you are working and adding to that your partner’s income will be sufficient to meet all your financial requirements. You can also add your savings and other incomes like rental income from properties or pension etc. You must provide documents as evidence to show all this.

  1. Cohabitation Requirement

Apart from meeting financial requirements you also need to show with evidence to the Home Office – that you and your partner have been living together in the UK. To prove this you can provide documents like council tax bills, bank statements, utility bills etc. which are addressed to either jointly or items in each of your names. These supporting documents should be covering 2 years prior to your visa extension date.

  1. Time period spent outside the UK during your existing stay

Though Home Office does not impose any time restriction that you must not spend outside the UK during your stay in the UK on current UK spouse visa, however, what they do want to be satisfied with the fact that you are your partner intend to live together. But if you want to apply for citizenship later on then you should avoid spending more than 90 days on an average in 1 year.

Please note requirements may change according to circumstances of the applicant and the requirements stated are not exhaustive.

If you need expert help and advice for your UK Spouse Visa Extension contact Visa and Migration on 02034111261

 

Tier 2 Visa Termination of employment

You get a Tier 2 visa when you are offered a skilled job in the UK. You get sponsorship from your employer in the UK and then you can apply for a Tier 2 visa and work in the UK. When you get a job through sponsorship on Tier 2 visa you can stay in the UK for a time period that is mentioned on your certificate of sponsorship and 1 month extra or for a maximum period of 5 years, whichever is shorter.

But what if your employment terminates earlier?

Do you have to leave the UK early then?

Well, if your job gets terminated because of resignation, dismissal, redundancy or for any other reason then your leave to enter or remain in the UK is curtailed. Now your leave to be in the UK gets shortened by 60 days or until the end of your Tier 2 visa, whichever is the shortest.

What to do when a Tier 2 visa termination happens?

If your sponsor ends your contract then they have to report it to the Home Office within 10 days of your last work date. They also need to inform your last known address to the Home Office. Now the Home Office should send you or your employer the curtailment letter.

After you get the curtailment letter from Home Office, you have 60 days or until the end of your visa within which you can either get a new sponsor or move to another immigration category or leave the country.

Making a new job application

You can apply for a new job in the UK and if you find another sponsor then you can apply for UK Tier 2 Visa again. This means that your new employer will offer you a certificate of sponsorship to sponsor your visa application. So, your employer must have sponsor license but if they don’t have it then they need to get it by making application for sponsor license and then only they can offer you a new job which has to pass the Resident Labor Market Test. All this needs to be done within 60 days.

Now until you get a new job and your new Tier 2 visa application is successful, you must support yourself financially during this time.

Switching visa

This is another option when your employment is terminated and your leave is curtailed. You can do switch to different visa category if you find that applying for a new Tier 2 visa is not a viable option for you. You can switch to a Tier 1 visa, family visa, and Tier 4 Student Visa.

Leaving the country

If you don’t find a new visa then you will have to leave the UK within a given time period. Now if you want to apply again for a Tier 2 visa or for a different visa from your country then you can do it only after a 1-year cooling period.

You can also leave the UK if you have been offered a new job somewhere else in the world. In this case, when you resign, you need to meet some responsibilities towards your sponsor. And you should send a copy of resignation to the Home Office which should include your leaving date.

When you experience a Tier 2 Visa termination of employment, this may be a stressful time for you. So, you should follow the rules of the Home Office in such situation and for this, you must seek expert advice. For this, you can contact us to get the best expert advice from our experienced immigration lawyers on 02034111261.

Overview of Same-Sex Partner Visa the UK

When there is a relationship between two people of same sex out of which one is a British citizen or settled in the UK with ILR, and they are neither married nor in a civil partnership, then the partner who is non-EEA national can apply for a same-sex partner visa – proposed civil partnership to join the other partner in the UK. One who is applying for same-sex partner UK visa can come to the UK for a limited period of time by making an application under immigration rules in the UK. The applicable rules are similar to as any married/unmarried couple.

Eligibility conditions for the same-sex partner visa

As an applicant, you must meet some eligibility conditions to successfully apply for a same-sex partner visa. They are the following:

  • You both must be above the age of 18 years;
  • You must show that you are in a relationship and you have lived together for a minimum of 2 years – if applying as an unmarried partner;
  • You must show arrangements for the marriage/civil partnership to take place;
  • You must provide evidence regarding your accommodation in the UK. This means you need to show that your partner has adequate accommodation for both of you and dependents if any without recourse to any public fund;
  • Your relation must be genuine and subsisting;
  • You must meet the English Language Requirements.

Financial requirement

You must meet the financial requirement. You cannot access any public fund for your maintenance during your stay in the UK. This means when you stay in the UK, you and your partner in the UK must be able to take care of the financial requirements of both of you. Your British partner who is a sponsor, in this case, must be able to demonstrate that their gross annual income is minimum £18,600.

How long can you stay once granted the visa

Once you have successful same-sex partner visa application and you meet all entry clearance requirements, you will be granted to stay in the UK for a period not exceeding 33 months or 6 months if applying as a proposed civil partner and after that, you can apply for an extension. You must be physically present in the UK to apply for an extension. After you have lived in the UK for a continuous period of 5 years on same-sex partner visa, you can apply for ILR. Other conditions to obtain ILR remain the same as in other cases.

If you are looking for Expert Advise and assistance with your application, please contact Visa and Migration Ltd on 02034111261

How to Apply for UK Fiance Visa and Necessary Documents

If you want to join your partner in the UK who is a British Citizen or holding ILR, you can apply for UK Fiancé Visa. This also means that if you are planning to marry your partner in the UK who is a British citizen or a permanent resident in the UK, you can apply for UK Fiancé Visa. This falls under the settlement category of visas. You can only apply from outside the UK.

Eligibility conditions for a fiancé visa

You must meet the following conditions to successfully apply for a fiancé visa –

  • You must have met in person;
  • The applicant and the sponsor must intend to get married within a 6 month period;
  • You are a fiancé, fiancée or proposed civil partner of a British citizen or one permanently settled in the UK and you will marry or enter into a civil partnership within 6 months of arriving in the UK;
  • Both partners must intend to live together permanently;
  • If you were in any previous marriage or civil partnership then you must prove that it has ended;
  • You cannot access public funds in the UK so he/she must be able to support him/herself, or be supported by their partner;
  • Prove your relationship is genuine and subsisting;
  • Adequate accommodation must be there; and
  • You must fulfil the English language requirement

So, if you meet above-mentioned conditions you are eligible to apply for a fiancé visa.

How to apply?

You must apply online. You need to pay the required fee as part of the application.

Once your application is successful you are granted a 6-month visa in which you can come to the UK and get married to your partner. You are not allowed to work when you are in the UK on this visa. You must apply for a marriage visa once married. If your application is successful then you can live in the UK for a total of 60 months or 5 years, where you need to renew your visa at 33 months before you become eligible to apply for ILR.

You can apply to live permanently in the UK known as indefinite leave to remain after you have lived in the UK for 5 years with leave to remain in the UK as a partner of a British citizen. Here you cannot count anytime you spent with permission to stay in the UK as a fiancé or a proposed civil partner.

Documents required

You need to submit the following documents when you apply for a fiancé visa.

  • UKVI Visa Application form;
  • Your current passport;
  • Any previous visa if you held;
  • Bank statements;
  • Proof for financials requirement is met;
  • Your UK partner’s address proof where you intend to live;
  • Proof of intent to marry;
  • Proof of relationship;
  • Proof of English Language;
  • TB test – according to the country of residence

The above list is not exhaustive and documents change according to circumstances of the applicant.

You may require to submit additional documents and so you are advised to take expert’s guidance on this before you apply for the fiancé visa.

If you are looking support in connection with your fiancé visa contact Visa and Migration Ltd on 02034111261

 

 

How to Write an Appeal Cover Letter if Your Visa is Refused

Applying for a UK visa can be a lengthy process. From the candidate collecting relevant documentation, sending the application, paying fees and then attending the interview, this whole process can sometimes exceed six months.

Since the 2012 immigration rule changes, the process has also become a lot stricter. There has been a 19% increase in refusals since the new regulations were introduced. Submitting a visa application does not guarantee it will get approved. In some cases, the candidate has the right to appeal the decision made. In response to the refusal, an appeal cover letter can be written. Find out more in this guide.

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What documents do you need to apply for Spouse Visa?

Spouse Visa is a category under Settlement Visa. People who are either holding Indefinite Leave to Remain or a British citizen – present and settled – in the UK can bring his/her spouse to the UK.

Sponsoring partner

To complete the immigration process settled partner in the UK need to sponsor their partner’s application so that he/she can join them in the UK. To be a sponsor you need to meet one of the following:

  • You must be a British Citizen or
  • You must have settled status or indefinite leave to remain in the UK or
  • You must have asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK.

Eligibility

Both the partners must meet some eligibility criteria in order to one partner from the outside UK to join the other UK resident partner in the UK. These criteria are set by the Immigration Authorities in the UK. These eligibility criteria are the following:

  • Both must be over 18;
  • Applicant’s partner who they want to join must be a British citizen or ILR holder;
  • There must be a marriage or civil partnership between the two and it must be recognized in the UK;
  • The Relationship of the couple must be genuine and subsisting;
  • The applicant must meet the English language requirements;
  • The applicant must not for refusal under the suitability requirements; and
  • The applicant must be maintained and accommodated in the UK.

Documents required to apply for a spouse visa

The documents required generally depend on the circumstances of the applicant case and the evidence changes according to circumstances of the applicant.

Some documents which are applicable to all cases are mentioned below:

  • Printed application forms;
  • Your current passport or valid travel identification document;
  • Passport sized photographs;
  • Evidence showing your identity and status in the UK;
  • Documents to show the marital status between the two;
  • Evidence of intent that you and your partner want to live together in the UK;
  • Documents to show that partner in the UK has adequate accommodation;
  • Documents to prove that you can meet the financial OR maintenance requirement if receiving permitted benefits;
  • Proof that your partner has the knowledge of the English language;
  • Your partner’s valid TB test certificate- where applicable; and
  • Sponsorship form.

If along with your partner your child or children are also applying to travel to the UK, then below mentioned documents should also be submitted.

However, this is not a complete list.

  • Current passport or valid travel identification document of the child/children;
  • Previous or expired passports of the child if any;
  • Passport sized photographs of child/children; and
  • Valid TB test certificate of child/children where applicable;

So, once you submit your application with appropriate documents then you have a fair chance to get a successful decision on your application else your application may get rejected. So, you should always seek the advice of expert about it so that you don’t make a big mistake.

Visa and Migration Ltd specializes in UK immigration law and our lawyers can help you achieve a successful outcome on your application. If you want our legal assistance, please call 02034111261 or complete the contact us form on the right hand.

 

What is Unmarried Partner Visa?

This visa is for people who are not married or do not want to get married but stay in a genuine and subsisting long term relationship.

As an Un-married Partner, you can either be a dependent if your sponsor who has a temporary visa i.e. limited leave to remain for example as a Tier 2 visa holder or Tier 1 Visa holder. OR You can be an unmarried partner of a person who is British or holds Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

The applicant can apply entry clearance to come to the UK or apply leave to remain as a partner provided his/her current visa category allows the switch.

The applicant must be in a relationship with a person who is a British Citizen or settled in the UK or on Limited Leave to Remain (exceptions can be made if the applicant’s partner is remaining in the UK as a recognised refugee). The applications are made under the Immigration Rules. All the unmarried partners whether their sponsor is  British Citizen or settled in the UK or on Limited Leave to Remain generally need to show –

  • Both the applicant and the UK partner are over 18 years of age;
  • have met each other;
  • have been in a genuine and subsisting for at least 2 years period;
  • the applicant can be accommodated in the UK;
  • the applicant can be maintained without recourse to public funds;
  • the applicant does not fall for refusal under general grounds for refusal; and
  • the unmarried partners intend to live together in the UK

How to Apply?

The application can be submitted from within or outside the UK. The in-country application can only be made if you are in a category which allows you to switch from within the UK (generally any visa except visitor visa). Once the applicant has completed the application they should provide evidence to meet the above requirements for the Home Office to consider the application.

Documents to Submit

  • Your passport
  • Copy of your partner’s passport
  • Proof of relationship
  • If any of your documents are not in English or Welsh language then you need to provide a certified translation of those

N.B. this is not a complete list of documents. Contact the advisors at Visa and Migration Ltd for a fully comprehensive list according to your situation or circumstances.

How long you can stay on Unmarried Partner Visa

For applications made outside the UK, once the application is approved the applicant will be given one month visa and they will collect their Biometric residence permit which will be for

– Length of a Main Applicant’s or Sponsor’s Temporary Visa ( Tier 2 or Tier 1 visas)

– 2.5 years if applying under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules

For applications made within the UK will also follow the above timeline.

Once an applicant has completed 5 years in the UK as a dependent of the sponsor or main applicant or under Appendix FM of the rules they can apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK provided all requirements are met.

The application fee to the Home Office depends under the category you apply –

Tier 1 – Entrepreneur – Outside the UK – £1021 + Immigration Health Surcharge of £1200; Inside the UK – £1,277

Tier 1 – Investor – Outside the UK £1,623 ++ Immigration Health Surcharge of £1200

Tier 2 General – From outside 3 years or less – £610 + Immigration Health Surcharge of £1200

Appendix FM – from outside the UK is £1523 + Immigration Health Surcharge of £1200. From inside the UK, you will pay a Government fee of £1033 + and Immigration Health Surcharge of £1000

Contact Visa and Migration Ltd now to know more or apply Unmarried Partner Visa.

 

UK Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa for Architects

In order to be recognised as an exceptional talent, you need to obtain endorsement from a relevant UK body who recognize you as a leader (exceptional talent) or as an emerging leader (exceptional promise). You can be endorsed in one of the many fields like science, architecture, engineering, humanities, medicine, arts, fashion etc.

Exceptional talent as architecture

Architecture has been added only recently in the list of creative professionals who are eligible for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

This will allow successful architects applicants from overseas to stay in the UK for up to 5 years and four months with this visa. All architects must pass the RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects – assessment in order to establish that they are an internationally recognized expert in the architect field.

This requires the applicant to meet any 2 out of the following 3 criteria.

  • You must have substantial media coverage in more than 1 country;
  • You must have won at least one international award; and/or
  • You must have showcased your work through exhibitions or in other ways to your audiences across borders.

Those who are a promising talent in the field of architecture can also apply on the ground of exceptional promise.

How to apply?

First, you need to make an application to the Home Office. You need to apply as a leader or an emerging leader in the field of architecture. In the second stage after you have been endorsed, you can apply for the visa. You should note that under this visa category there are only 2,000 places available from 6th April to 5th April of the following year.

Documents to submit

When you apply for Tier 1 exceptional talent visa you must submit the following documents:

  • Your passport;
  • Your endorsement letter copy;
  • Your TB test results in case you come from a country where you have to take the test; and
  • If any of your documents are not in English or Welsh language then you need to provide a certified translation of those

You may also need to provide additional documents.

Time for decision on endorsement and visa application

You should get the decision on your endorsement usually within 8 weeks. You can get the faster decision also if you either hold an approved peer-reviewed fellowship or you are a senior academic or senior researcher at a college, university or a research institute in the UK. You can check with your employer about the eligibility of your role.

Once you get a successful decision on your endorsement required for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa as an architect, you will receive an email from the Home Office in the UK with a copy of your endorsement letter which you need for the visa application letter. Without the endorsement letter, you cannot apply for the visa.

After you have received the letter of endorsement from Home Office, you must apply for the visa within 3 months’ time.

When you apply for the visa from the outside UK, you should get a decision on your visa application within 3 weeks. But time may vary depending upon the country you apply from.

How long you can stay on Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa for architect

 If you apply from the outside UK then the maximum time you can stay in the UK is up to 5 years and 4 months and if you apply from the inside the UK then you can stay in the UK for 5 years. After the time period allowed you can also apply for an extension.

Contact Visa and Migration Ltd now to know more or apply Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa

 

UK Settlement Visa

All the family categories leading to the settlement are classed as UK Settlement Visas by the UKV&I. The family categories are –

Spouse/Marriage Visa – This is generally for people who are married to a person who has indefinite leave to remain in the UK or is a British citizen and intends to come and live in the UK with their married spouse. The applications are under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. The applicants need to meet requirements to prove that they –

  • are over 18 years of age;
  • have met each other;
  • they are married and their relationship is genuine and subsisting;
  • the sponsor meets the financial requirement;
  • the applicant meets the English language requirements;
  • the applicant can be accommodated in the UK;
  • the applicant can be maintained without recourse to public funds;
  • the applicant does not fall for refusal under suitability requirement; and
  • the couple intends to live together in the UK

The application can be submitted from within or outside the UK. The in-country application can only be made if you are in a category which allows you to switch from within the UK (generally any visa except visitor visa). Generally, the process takes between 8 to 12 weeks from outside the UK unless you are purchasing priority service, which has an additional fee. In country, applications take 8 weeks or you can opt for 24-hour service by paying an additional fee. Once the applicant has completed the application they should provide evidence to meet the above requirements for the Home Office to consider the application. Once the application is approved from outside the UK the applicant will be given one month visa and they will collect their Biometric residence permit from the relevant post office which will be for 2.5 years. if the application is made within the UK then the applicant will get 2.5 years to leave to remain. Once the applicant has completed 5 years they can apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK

The application fee from outside the UK is £1523 + Immigration Health Surcharge of £1200. From inside the UK, you will pay a Government fee of £1033 + and Immigration Health Surcharge of £1000

Fiance Visa – The fiance visa if for people who intend to get married in the UK to a person who has ILR or is British Citizen. the applicant can only make this application from outside the UK and will be granted a visa for 6 months within which they must get married. The applications are under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. The applicants will need to prove that they –

  • are over 18 years of age;
  • have met each other;
  • they have a genuine intention of getting married;
  • their relationship is genuine and subsisting;
  • the sponsor meets the financial requirement;
  • the applicant meets the English language requirements;
  • the applicant can be accommodated in the UK;
  • the applicant can be maintained without recourse to public funds;
  • the applicant does not fall for refusal under suitability requirement; and
  • the couple intends to live together in the UK after their marriage

Once making the application from outside the UK, the supporting documents must be submitted to the Entry Clearance officer for consideration. Once you are in the UK and have got married you can extend your stay from within the UK by submitting a spouse/marriage visa application. Generally, the process takes between 8 to 12 weeks from outside the UK unless you are purchasing priority service, which has an additional fee. The Home Office UKV&I fee for the application is £1523. Once you have extended your stay on a spouse/marriage visa and completed 5 years you will apply for Settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain)

Unmarried Partner Visa – This visa is for people who are not married or do not want to get married. The applicant must be in a relationship with a person who is a British Citizen or holds Indefinite Leave to remain in the UK. The applications are under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules. The applicant will need to satisfy the following requirements –

  • are over 18 years of age;
  • have met each other;
  • have been in a genuine and subsisting for at least 2 years period;
  • the sponsor meets the financial requirement;
  • the applicant meets the English language requirements;
  • the applicant can be accommodated in the UK;
  • the applicant can be maintained without recourse to public funds;
  • the applicant does not fall for refusal under suitability requirement; and
  • the unmarried partners intend to live together in the UK

The application can be submitted from within or outside the UK. The in-country application can only be made if you are in a category which allows you to switch from within the UK (generally any visa except visitor visa). Once the applicant has completed the application they should provide evidence to meet the above requirements for the Home Office to consider the application. Once the application is approved from outside the UK the applicant will be given one month visa and they will collect their Biometric residence permit from the relevant post office which will be for 2.5 years. if the application is made within the UK then the applicant will get 2.5 years to leave to remain. Once an applicant has completed 5 years they can apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK

The application fee from outside the UK is £1523 + Immigration Health Surcharge of £1200. From inside the UK, you will pay a Government fee of £1033 + and Immigration Health Surcharge of £1000

Child Visa – This visa is for either a child whose parent is married or a fiance of a person who holds indefinite leave to remain in the UK or is a British Citizen. Such applications will be submitted under Appendix FM of the rules. The child must be –

  • Under 18;
  • Not formed an independent family;
  • the sponsor meets the financial requirement of £22400 with one child and additional £2400;
  • the child can be accommodated in the UK without recourse to public funds;
  • The biological parent married or fiance of a sponsor must have sole responsibility for the child;

The child will be given visa in line with the biological parents, that is the applicant will be given one month visa and they will collect their Biometric residence permit from the relevant post office which will be for 2.5 years. If the application is made within the UK then the applicant will get 2.5 years to leave to remain. In-country application take between 8 weeks to 6 months and application from outside the UK may take 8 to 12 weeks unless you are purchasing priority service. Once an applicant has completed 5 years they can apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) in the UK  – Children who turn over 18 after arriving at the UK will need to prove they live with their parent and are dependent on them.

The application fee from outside the UK is £1523 + Immigration Health Surcharge of £1200. From inside the UK, you will pay a Government fee of £1033 + and Immigration Health Surcharge of £1000

If the child is a child of a person who is himself/herself a British Citizen or a person settled in the UK (holding indefinite leave to remain) then the application is made under paragraph 297 of the Immigration Rules.

The child must be –

  • Under 18;
  • Not formed an independent family;
  • the child can be maintained and accommodated in the UK without recourse to public funds;
  • The British or Settled parent must have sole responsibility for the child;

If the application is successful the child will be granted indefinite leave to enter the UK. The Indefinite Leave to Remain is generally for 5 years or the length of the passport whichever is shorter. The application fee from outside the UK is £1523 and from inside the UK in £2389

If you need our assistance for settlement visa this is how it works –

  1. You can call us or get in touch through our website, an immigration lawyer will carry out free assessment and check if you qualify;
  2. You pay 50% of our fee to start the process and we provide you with a checklist and advise and submit your settlement visa application successfully
  3. Our immigration lawyers will take care of all the formalities and requirements for you. They will advise you throughout the process and strengthen your application to avoid any refusal.

Please note – the fee indicated above are as they stand in January 2019.

 

Continuous Lawful Residence – 10 Years Indefinite Leave to Remain

The continuous lawful residence is the most important thing for an immigrant.

Generally, the continuous lawfully residence is seen as a part for Indefinite Leave to Remain application on the basis of continuous 10 years residence in the UK.

Calculation of continuous lawful residence

So, the major requirement under the 10 years Indefinite Leave to Remain application is that the person should have a continuous lawful residence.

Continuous – means – without any break

Lawful – means – you always had some kind of leave to remain in the UK – Most of the confusions appear under section 3C and Section 3D leaves, or when a person has filed for an Administrative review or making repeated applications within 28 or 14 days after refusal as indicated under section 34 of the Immigration Rules.

Under paragraph 276 B of the Immigration Rules, Continuous residence means you spent 10 years in the UK without having a break in your lawful residence.

In some cases where there is a short break in continuous lawful residence, it may still be favorable for the applicant to make an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain and request discretion considering the life-changing event of getting ILR – in these cases the Home Office looks to the personal contributions to the UK, whether they have family who is settled or are British or whether the person owns a property or assets in the UK to show long term commitment.

 

Break continuous residence period

Where a persons leave may have expired, however, they lodged the application before their visa/leave ran out and the application was pending with the Home Office in such cases there will be no break in continuous residence. Absences below 180 days at any time do not constitute to be broken.

Absences outside the UK

You are allowed the absence of up to 540 days in 10 years and less than 180 at any time, however, if you exceed these periods then there has to be a serious or compelling reason like critical illness, a conflict or a natural disaster for your absence from the UK in various categories.

If you are looking to for Immigration Advise contact Visa and Migration Ltd on 02034111261