At what point can I apply for ILR from a UK ancestry visa?

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At what point can I apply for ILR from a UK ancestry visa?


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Old 21st February 2020, 08:12 AM
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Hi there

My wife and I are just going into our 5th year of being in the UK on an ancestry visa.

I've been trying to start getting familiar with the ILR application process (and study for the life in the UK test etc). But I was wondering at what point we will be able to actually apply for ILR...

I can see that we need to have been living and working in the UK for 5 years, according to this page: https://www.gov.uk/settle-in-the-uk/...-ancestry-visa

But our visa will have expired by the time we have actually been living and working here for a full 5 years. So at what point in our 5th year are we able to apply for ILR?

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You can apply no earlier than 28 days before you lived in the UK for 5 years. If you don’t have enough time left on your ancestry visa to achieve the 5 years then you’ll have to apply to extend your ancestry visa in order to fulfil the 5 year residency requirement.

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Thanks for the reply @nyclon

I will have stayed in the UK pretty solidly for the last 5 years by the end of this year - I guess I will just need to apply for ILR 28 days before my visa expires? I imagine that there is some sort of grace period while the ILR is being processed?

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What do you mean pretty solidly? You have to have been living in the UK for 5 years on your ancestry visa in order to apply. There is no wiggle room. Whilst any visa is being processed, you covered by the terms of your previous visa even if it expires while being processed.

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@nyclon Thanks. When I say 'pretty solidly', I will have been living and working in the UK for 5 years apart from 2x 3 week trips back to South Africa in 2 different years ...

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Temporary trips abroad under 90 days don't count against your UK residence

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Thats great info @nyclon, thanks for that. I would just like to know whether one would have to re-do the 5 years if they extend their visa? Or can you apply for ILR as soon as you meet the 5 year continuous requirement? (I.e. I have to renew my visa in the next few weeks and then stay in the UK for another 2.5 years. Can I apply for ILR after those 2.5 years or do I have to stay for the full length of the new visa (another 5 years) before I can apply for ILR?)

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