A friend of mine has just had a rejection letter for an ILR application.
They made their ILR application in June and submitted all the relevant paperwork and received it back. Stupidly they then went on a weekend trip to France unaware that they’re not supposed to leave the country while their application is being processed. On arrival back in the UK their BRP card was taken off them at UK Immigration, they were allowed back in under a tourist visa.
I think they are going to appeal but I doubt if it will be successful. If they want to carry on living in the UK must they return to their home country and start the process for a spouse visa all over again? Does the 5 years they have already lived in the UK count for anything?
The rejection was because he is now in the UK as a visitor.