(a) The applicant has to prove through documentation, that he has lived in the UK for 20 years. This period does not include any period of imprisonment.
(b) It should be noted that any period of imprisonment does not mean that the 20-year period starts again, whereas simply that the 20-year period is put on hold and only recommences once the period of imprisonment is over.
(c) If an applicant has been subject to a prison sentence of over 12 months, it may not be automatic that the application will be granted.
20 year long residence: documents required
As part of your 20 year long residence application, you’ll need to provide evidence which proves that you have lived in the UK continuously for 20 years. This can include:
- Bank statements
- Housing or accommodation records
- Information on your work, such as payslips or letters from an employer
How to apply for 20 year residence
Your 20 year long residence application will include the following steps:
Submitting an application through the online application form.
Providing biometric information and supporting documents such as your passport and proof of living in the UK continuously for 20 years.
Some applicants may be required to attend an interview if their case is more complex.
Our team at Westkin can assist you in collating the necessary evidence to support your application. If you require our assistance, please get in touch by calling our office on 0207 118 4546.
Common fears under the 20-year residence rule
(a) Clients are often worried that any illegal work or work undertaken with false documents will prejudice an application. Although this is a matter that has to be dealt with carefully, it should be noted that this will not automatically lead to the application being dismissed.
(b) Clients are often concerned that the immigration authorities will be unfavourable to them as they have overstayed. Again, although this has to be dealt with carefully, the rule is designed to cover those who have overstayed and takes that into account. Common fears under the 20-year residence rule
Unlike under the 10-year rule of lawful residence, applicants under the 20-year rule do not obtain indefinite leave to remain immediately. Under the relevant immigration rule, successful applicants receive discretionary leave for 10 years.
It is only at the end of this 10-year period does the applicant obtain indefinite leave to remain.
What is discretionary leave?
Discretionary leave is a form of leave to remain which is granted to an individual outside of the usual immigration rules. Discretionary leave is only permitted in rare circumstances and is intended to cover exceptional and compassionate circumstances.
Discretionary leave allows:
(a) applicant to travel outside of the United Kingdom;
(b) return to the United Kingdom;
(c) take legal permission to work;
(d) claim benefits. Contact our leading immigration lawyers on 0207 118 4546 if you wish to discuss the matter at a consultation.
How Westkin deal with 20-year long residence applications
see whether, on the face of it, you have a case.
(b) You will then be invited to a consultation, which lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs £150 pounds including VAT.
(c) You will then be quoted a price for the entire work which is around £2,000 pounds, depending on the complexity of the case. Contact our immigration lawyers today on 0207 118 4546 to commence your case.