New rules for Indefinite leave to remain applicants
Overseas migrants looking to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK must ensure that they do not exceed the permitted absences from the UK i.e. no more than 180 days absence from the UK during each 12 months of the five year period they wish to rely on.
In accordance with the current guidance, migrants can include the time between the date their visa has been granted and the date on which they travel to the UK towards the five year qualifying period as long as it is not beyond 90 days. However, from April 2016 this period will be viewed as an absence from the UK and will form part of the overall 180 days allowed within the 12 month period.
Those applicants who would be eligible to apply for Indefinite leave to remain on or after 6 April 2016 must ensure that their absences are no more than 180 days in the year of their entry to the UK after taking into account the period between the date their visa was granted and their entry to the UK.
If you have any questions or would like to know more, please contact one of our London Immigration Lawyers on +44(0)20 3318 5794 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.