Long Residence Indefinite Leave to Remain applications to be restricted to Postal only applications from the 1st of January 2010

The UK Border Agency has announced that from the 1st January 2010, its Public Enquiry Offices (PEOs) will no longer accept Long Residence Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications. From the New Year, applications made on the basis of having completed ten years’ long residence in the UK (in any visa categories) will only be accepted when submitted by post. Unfortunately the UK Border Agency has not offered any explanation as to why they are making this change, although it may be due to the fact that Long Residence ILR applications generally take longer to process and require the inspection of a greater amount of information.

Applications for ILR made on the basis of employment or marriage to a British Citizen will continue to be accepted at Public Enquiry Offices.

The current processing times for ILR applications made on the basis of Long Residence are around 10-12 weeks.

For further information on submitting a Long Residence ILR application, please contact us.