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Returning Residents

This route is for those individuals who were previously granted Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, but that leave has since lapsed due to spending more than 2 years outside the country. Applicants who wish to return to the UK must apply for a Returning Residents visa

Requirements for Returning Residents visa

In order to apply for a returning residents visa after being away for more than 2 years from the UK, the applicant must normally satisfy the below conditions.

  • Must have held an Indefinite Leave to Remain at time of travel
  • Not obtained public funds to support travel abroad
  • Now seeking readmission to reside in the UK on a permanent basis
  • Provide evidence and good reasons to explain the absence

The applicants who wish to come back to the UK under a returning resident visa will have to provide evidence of their ties to the UK and may include details & strength of family connections, employment and property ownership in the UK. Some applicants are exempted from loss of their ILR even after 2 years of absence from the UK and includes EEA nationals with Permanent residence, members of the UK armed force and their dependants who accompanied them overseas, Family members of British national working for UK government abroad etc.

How can we assist?

Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in assisting clients on returning resident visa applications. Our Immigration team carefully assess each of our client’s circumstances to ensure that the eligibility requirements are met. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I get the returning resident visa?

Unlike other Entry Clearance visas, a returning resident visa does not need any renewal or extension and the applicants will be able to reside in the UK permanently.

Can I bring dependants with me?

The applicants are not able to apply for dependants on a returning resident visa. Each person who requires an entry clearance under this category must make an individual application, and that applies to your applicant’s partner or children.

How long does it take to get a returning resident visa?

The Resident Return Visa processing time depends on the applicant’s circumstances and complexity of the matter. It is likely that the wait may be several weeks before getting a decision.

What can I do if my application is refused?

The refusal of a returning resident visa can be challenged by the administrative review process, if there are any caseworking errors. There is no right of appeal for this type of application.If Administrative Review is unsuccessful, applicants may pursue Judicial Review as a remedy if the decision is not made correctly.

Do I need to apply for a returning resident visa if I hold a british passport?

The applicants who are holders of British Passport are no longer subject to Immigration Control and are free to travel to and from the UK without any restrictions.
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