All the citizens of foreign countries may be entitled to make UK permanent residence application for Permanent Residence in the UK provided they meet certain requirements. These requirements, however, are not easy but rather strict and complex.
So, if you want that your application for UK permanent residence is not rejected then, it is important for you to seek legal advice as early as possible so that you know the options open to you for your specific circumstances. Seeking legal advice lets you avoid possible delays and also improve your chances of making a successful application for Permanent Residence.
What is Permanent Residence?
One who gets permanent residence in UK is granted the right to live, work and study in UK. They don’t have to face any immigration restrictions while they still hold foreign citizenship and passport. Over the time a permanent residence holder can apply for naturalization or British citizenship if he/she meets all the criteria.
Who can apply for UK permanent residence?
Time spent in UK to be eligible to make UK permanent residence application is different for different type of visa holders. Generally it is 5 years of residence in UK after which you are eligible to apply for UK permanent residence. For example Tier 1 visa, Tier 2 visa (in limited circumstances only), Partners of a British citizen or a person settles in UK (if visa was issued on or after 9 July, 2012), UK ancestry visa, EU nationals and dependents are some visa categories in which the applicant needs to have spent 5 years in UK to be eligible to apply for UK permanent residence. While in some other visa categories time requirement is 6 years or 10 years.
Requirements for UK permanent residence
While applying for UK permanent residence you need to submit supporting evidence of your eligibility. You also need to submit your bio metric information when you complete the application. Another requirement which you need to keep in mind that from the time you make application you should not be outside UK for more than 90 days in those 12 months. Also you should not be outside UK for more than 180 days in any consecutive 12 month period during your stay in UK prior to UK permanent residence application.
After you get UK permanent residence you can stay in UK without a time limit but you have to meet some requirements. One of those is that you should avoid spending more than 2 years outside UK as you may lose your UK permanent residence status as result of this. Another thing is that if you commit an offense which leads you to being deported from UK then your UK permanent residence status may be revoked.
Reasons why UK permanent residence applications are rejected or refused
When you make UK permanent residence application then your application might be rejected or refused by UK Visas and Immigration if you fail to submit all the necessary evidence or prove that you meet the requirements. Below are the most common reasons why UK permanent residence applications are rejected or refused:
- If you don’t submit a valid passport or national identity card to prove your nationality and identity.
- If you don’t submit evidence to prove that you are worker, a job seeker, self-employed, self-sufficient, or a student.
- You fail to explain why you were absent for long from the UK which break continuity of residence.
- If you don’t sign application form.
- If you don’t pay the correct application fee.
Generally Home Office takes 4 to 6 months to process your application. So, when applying for UK permanent residence you should avoid these mistakes so that your application is successful.