20 Year Long Residence Route

20 Year Long Residence Route


If you have been living in the UK continuously for a period of 20 years, whether lawfully or unlawfully, you may be eligible to apply under this route.


Once you have lived in the UK for a continuous period of 20 years, you can apply under this route. If your application is successful, you would be granted further leave to remain on a 10-year path towards settlement. In effect, you would be able to apply for settlement 30 years after you first entered the UK.


As this route is based on your private life and continuous residence in the UK, you would need to apply from within the UK.


Time spent in prison cannot be counted towards the 20 years residence requirement. However, any such time does not break the continuity of your residence, and so you can include any time before you were in prison and add it to the time you spent in the UK after you were released, when calculating your residence. If your application is granted, you will be granted 30 months discretionary leave, which you would need to apply to extend three more times before you accumulated 10 years of lawful leave and would be able to apply for settlement.

Why KTS Legal?

At KTS Legal, we will assist you with calculating your continuous residence, and drafting and submitting a comprehensive application that satisfies all the immigration rules for the 20 year long residence route