Born outside the UK?

If you were born outside the UK, you may qualify for limited leave to remain.

Are you under 18?

If you are under the age of 18 and you are living in the UK but do not have a legal immigration status, you may be able to apply for limited leave to remain (LLR) under paragraph 276 ADE of the Immigration Rules.

You may qualify if:

  • you are under the age of 18 and
  • you have lived in the UK for at least seven years and
  • you can show that it would not be reasonable for you to be asked to leave the UK.

Please note, any time spent in prison while here is discounted.

Are you aged 18 to 24?

If you are aged 18 to 24 and have lived in the UK continuously for more than half your life, but do not have a legal immigration status, you may be able to apply for limited leave to remain (LLR) .

You may qualify under the following two categories of paragraph 276 ADE of the Immigration Rules:

  • private life (10-year route to settled status) 
  • family life (10-year route to settled status)

Please note, any time spent in prison while in the UK is discounted.

Things you should consider when applying to get status:

1. Evidence

You will need to submit lots of evidence to prove you’ve been in the UK for the period you are claiming. You should also make sure you have a valid passport from your country of birth. It is your lawyer’s job to go through your case with you in detail and to help you get the evidence you need to send in with your application.

2. Costs

When you’re applying for status, you must pay a fee of £1,033 (as of 6 April 2018). You must also pay the NHS surcharge, currently £500. This fee must be paid before you send your application to the Home Office, otherwise it may be rejected. You can pay the NHS surcharge online, where you’ll be given an NHS number for your application form. 

Important: The application fee normally changes every year, usually in April. In the past few years the fee has always increased. The NHS surcharge can also change without much warning. You should always check what the current fee is before you apply.

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