All Articles: Long residence
Boris Johnson’s “immigration amnesty”: what would it mean?
Boris Johnson’s suggestion of an “amnesty for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants”, as the Daily Mail puts it, has ruffled some right-wing feathers, but would it really revolutionise UK immigration policy? Johnson, who looks set to secure vi ...10th July 2019
Does ANY overstaying rule out settlement after 10 years’ long residence? Confusion after Court of Appeal ruling
Migrants who have spent ten years in the UK with continuous and lawful leave can apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR). Can leave be “continuous” if it involved short gaps between lawful periods of leave where an applicant has oversta ...27th June 2019
Tribunal guidance on raising long residence during appeals process
The President of the Upper Tribunal’s decision in OA and others (human rights; ‘new matter’; s.120) Nigeria  UKUT 65 (IAC) has added another layer of complexity to an already biased and convoluted system. Readers are probably au fa ...4th March 2019
Can children and parents apply to remain after seven years residence?
From a child’s perspective, seven years of residence in the UK can be literally a lifetime. It may be the sum of all the child’s experience and the UK may be the only home they know in any meaningful sense. On top of that, children do not make the ...28th November 2018
What are the 10 and 20 year rules on long residence?
The Immigration Rules allow people to apply to remain in the UK on the basis of long residence. Those here lawfully can apply for indefinite leave to remain following 10 years’ continuous lawful residence in the UK. Those who had periods of overstay ...26th June 2018
Human rights, long residence and the integration test in the Court of Appeal
Practitioners commonly rely on the “integration test” in the Immigration Rules to resist an individual’s removal on human rights grounds. The current rules can in some circumstances require a consideration of whether there would be “very s ...14th September 2017
Court of Appeal says when it is “reasonable” to remove a child resident for 7 years or more
The issue of when a child should be expected to relocate to another country because of UK immigration laws is an emotive one. In 2012 a new Immigration Rule was introduced stating that a foreign child would be permitted to remain if the child had live ...7th July 2016
Presidential guidance on public interest in removal cases affecting children
President McCloskey certainly isn’t wrong when he says of the immigration rules on human rights introduced in 2012: These provisions of the Rules have generated much jurisprudence during the last two years. In this latest contribution to that ev ...16th December 2015
New long residence guidance from Home Office
Now in version 12, valid from 17 October 2014. The only major change seems to be removal of guidance on qualifying for ILR after 10 years through the private life route. Still includes the useful exception to requiring continuity of residence for thos ...21st October 2014
Haleemudeen v Secretary of State for the Home Department
UPDATE: Haleemudeen on remittal to UT: SoS conceded Edgehill applied, no need for deference to post-July 2012 and found disproportionate on Art 8 — Mansfield Chambers (@MansfieldImm) June 20, 2014 The facts of Haleemudeen v Secretary of State fo ...22nd May 2014
New rules do not apply to old applications
The Court of Appeal has in the case of Edgehill & Anor v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 402 settled the question of whether the new human rights rules introduced on 9 July 2012 apply to applications made before that dat ...9th April 2014
New continuous long residence policy
I was recently reviewing the long residence policy for an informal advice and noticed that since I last looked at it (admittedly a little while now) it has been substantially liberalised in respect of those who have gaps in their lawful residence. Thi ...27th June 2013
More changes to the Immigration Rules
Two Statements of Changes to bring to your attention, HC1038 and HC1039. On Monday 1 April 2013, HC1038 came into effect and can be viewed here. Far weightier are the changes contained in HC1039 which will be brought into force on Saturday 6 April 201 ...4th April 2013
New Statement of Changes – sigh…
Yes another Statement of Changes – HC 565 – has been laid and (hold your breath), most of it comes into force… today! I am grateful to Alison Harvey at ILPA, whose hard-work is truly immeasurable: an e-mail was sent out at 11p ...6th September 2012
New rules on long residence
As the second in a series of blog posts on the radical new July 2012 immigration rules we turn now to long residence requirements. Transitional Provisions Applications for indefinite leave to remain made under Paragraph 276B(i)(a) of the Immigration R ...13th August 2012
14 year rule for the chop?
It looks like the 14 year rule may be for the chop. See this question and answer from Prime Ministers Questions yesterday: Mr Hollobone: … Under rules introduced in 2003, illegal migrants who manage to avoid the authorities for 14 years can app ...19th May 2011