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The UK Home Office’s “Early Settlement Concession” for 18 to 24 year-olds

Posted by: Gherson Immigration

The Home Office has introduced an important new concession in their policy guidance which will allow those aged between 18 and 24 to be granted indefinite leave to remain after 5 years of limited leave in the UK.

Previously, unless there were exceptional reasons to grant indefinite leave to remain, applicants in this age group could only be granted indefinite leave to remain after 10-years of residence in the UK with limited leave.

The Immigration Rules allow people aged 18-24 inclusive, who were born or entered the UK as children and who have spent at least half of their lives living continuously in the UK, to apply for permission to stay in the UK.

The UK Home Office’s “Early Settlement Concession” for 18 to 24 year-oldsThe reason for this change is the Home Office’s recognition that the 10-year settlement policy may not apply proportionately to everyone and that those who were born in the UK or entered the UK as children and who are fully integrated into UK society cannot always be considered responsible for any previous non-compliance with immigration laws.

In addition to checking that various eligibility requirements are satisfied, the Home Office will also consider the applicant’s personal circumstances such as the age at which they arrived in the UK, their length of residence in the UK, the strength of their connections and integration in the UK as well as their previous immigration history.

Although meeting the basic eligibility requirements does not guarantee the grant of indefinite leave to remain, this concession is a much-welcomed change as it creates the possibility of a shorter path to permanent status for young adults who have spent a significant portion of their lives in the UK and are integrated into society.

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