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Apply to return back to the UK | Returning Resident

The Home Office enable those who held a Settled status to return back to the UK, so long you are able to comply and provide documentation proving your circumstances to return. 

Do note you must not be absent away from the UK for more then 2 years, however if this was to exceed the Home Office do consider circumstances under exceptional grounds. 

Making the application: 

You must:

  • plan to return to live in the UK permanently

  • have been settled in the UK before you last left

  • not have been given public funds to help you leave the UK

If you’ve been away for more than 2 years

The Home Office may not grant a Returning Resident visa unless you’re also able to show the exceptional personal circumstances have led to you being out of the country for this long.

You must provide enough evidence to show:

  • your strong family ties to the UK

  • you lived in the UK most of your life

  • your current circumstances and why you’ve lived outside the UK

You won’t lose your Settled Status after 2 years outside the UK if your spouse or partner is a member of the UK Armed Forces and you’ve joined them on an overseas posting.

You also won’t lose it if your spouse or partner is a British citizen or settled in the UK and one of the following:

  • a permanent member of the Diplomatic Service

  • a UK-based British Council employee who works outside the UK

  • a Department for International Development (DFID) employee

  • a Home Office employee

Speak to one of our advisors and get more information, 0207 237 3388. 

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