WAYS TO SETTLE IN THE UK in 2020

WAYS TO SETTLE IN THE UK in 2020

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This post was inspired by tins of questions I’ve received lately in living in the UK, processes, Post Study Work visa etc.

Truth be told, every information you need regarding visiting or settling in the United Kingdom can be found online.  The only thing that may confuse you are next steps to take while on a particular route. Hearing people’s experiences is also a great way to weight options and manage your expectations. The videos on the channel addresses that with real life interviews – part one…part two… part three.

Below are a list of situations/routes and whether you could settle. Click this link to further explore these options and find out what you’d need to be eligible to apply if YES.

1. You’re an EU citizen – Yes

EU citizens do not currently need to apply to settle in the UK
There will be no change to the rights and status of EU citizens currently living in the UK until 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.


2. You’re the family member or partner of a British citizen

Yes. As a Partner, Parent, Child under 18 or Adult dependent relative.


3. You’re the family member or partner of someone who has settled in the UK

• You can apply as the partner or child of a tier 1, 2 or 5 visa-holder who has settled in the UK
• You may be eligible for settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’) as the partner or child of a person who’s already settled using:
* any tier 1 visa except Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Post-Study Work)
* a tier 2 visa
* a Tier 5 (International Agreement) visa


4. You have a visitor visa – NO

You may not be eligible to apply
Your answers suggest you are not eligible to settle, unless:
* you’ve been in the UK legally for 10 years and could apply to settle because of long residence
* there are exceptional compassionate circumstances which you must explain in detail if you choose to apply.


5. You have a study visa

same as above


6. You have a work visa – Mostly all but the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme

What’s your visa?

Tier 1 (General) visa – Yes

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa – Yes

Tier 1 (Investor) visa – Yes

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa – Yes

Highly Skilled Migrant Programme – NO

Tier 2 (General) visa – Yes

Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa – Yes

Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa – Yes

Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) visa – Yes

Tier 5 (International Agreement) visa – Yes

Turkish Businessperson or Turkish Worker visa – Yes

Investor, Innovator, Businessperson, Self-Employed Lawyer visa – Yes

Work Permit – Yes

Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa – Yes

Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcaster visa – Yes

Representative of an Overseas Business visa – Yes

Domestic Worker visa – Yes


7. You have a UK Ancestry visa – YES

You can apply if:
* you’ve been living and working in the UK for 5 years with a UK Ancestry visa
* you’ve spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months of the last 5 years (known as ‘continuous residence’)
If you’re 18 to 64 years old when you apply, you must also:
* pass the Life in the UK Test
* meet the English language requirements


8. You have a Retired Person visa – YES

You can apply if you have:
* been living in the UK on a Retired Person visa for a continuous period of at least 5 years
* £25,000 annual income under your control
* proof that you can support yourself and your dependants without using public funds
* close connections in the UK, for example family members settled in this country or long periods of residence
If you’re 18 to 64 years old when you apply, you must also:
* pass the Life in the UK Test
* meet the English language requirements


9. You’ve been settled in the UK before – YES

You can return to the UK to live (you’re a ‘returning resident’) as a settled person if you were settled before (given indefinite leave to remain) and:
* it’s less than 2 years since you left
* you were settled in the UK when you last left
* you’re returning to live in the UK permanently
* you were not given public funds to pay the costs of leaving the UK


10. You have Discretionary Leave – YES

How long you must have lived in the UK
You need to have lived in the UK for:
* 6 years if you were first given Discretionary Leave on or before 8 July 2012
* 10 years if you were first given Discretionary Leave from 9 July 2012


11. You’re in or have been in HM Forces – YES

You must either:
* be leaving or have left the armed forces after a minimum of 4 years’ service
* have been medically discharged.


12. You’re on the 10-year Private Life route – YES

You can apply if you’re on the 10-year Private Life settlement route
Check if you meet the requirements for settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’).
You currently have permission because you joined the Private Life 10-year settlement route in one of the following categories:
* you were between 18 and 24 and you’d lived continuously in the UK for more than half your life
* you were 25 or over and you’d been in the UK continuously for 20 years
* you were over 18 and you’d spent less than 20 years in the UK but you had no ties with any other country
* you were under 18 and you’d lived in the UK continuously for at least 7 years, and it would’ve been unreasonable to expect you to live in a different country
Eligibility
You must have been living in the UK for 10 years from the date you started on the 10-year route to settlement for Private Life.
You will not be able to apply to settle until 2022 at the earliest – 10 years after this way to settle was introduced.


13. You’ve been in the UK legally for 10 years (Long Residence)
You can apply if you’ve been in the UK legally for 10 years (Long Residence)
Check by clicking here to see  if you’re eligible to settle because of Long Residence.


14. None of the above?

No you cannot settle



Click here for more up to date information as well as eligibility for all categories.

A point to note also is: When your application can be refused
Your application might be refused if, for example, you’ve:
* got a criminal record in the UK or another country
* provided false or incomplete information to the Home Office
* broken UK immigration law
Read the guidance on why applications can be refused.


Other Links
  • What Is your situation link – click here
  • Long Residence Eligibility –click here
  • Why your application can be refused – click here
  • Thanks for your time on here, don’t forget to watch the video with real stories and interviews on here.

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  1. May 6, 2020 / 9:57 am

    Thank you for the nice article, it helps me a lot.

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