Children who are born and have lived in the UK continuously for 7 years are eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) on the basis of private life. This means they can apply for settlement immediately instead of repeatedly applying for extensions.
Children Born Outside the UK
Children born outside the UK but who have lived in the UK continuously for 7 years are eligible to apply for settlement after 5 years instead of 10 years, as is currently the case.
Eligibility Criteria for ILR on the Basis of Private Life
- You were born in the UK and have lived here for 7 continuous years since your birth; OR
- You were first given a visa on the basis of your private life when you were aged between 18 and 24, arrived in the UK as a child, and have lived in the UK for 5 continuous years with a visa. You can include time spent on other visas that lead to indefinite leave to remain, as long as you have had a visa based on your private life for at least one year on the day you apply.
To support your ILR application on the basis of private life, you will need to submit the following documents:
- Birth certificate of the child.
- Passport copy of the child (if available).
- Proof of 7 years of continuous residence.
- Information explaining periods of absence (any time spent outside the UK).
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