10 Years Long Residency Character Reference
Character, conduct and associations goes beyond criminal convictions and enables the Home Office Caseworker to consider whether your activities in the UK or abroad makes it undesirable for them (UK Visas and Immigration) to grant Indefinite leave to remain.
As part of this reference, applications are considered on the basis of national security, war crimes, crimes against humanity, serious criminality (whether convicted or not) or other activities that make your presence in the UK not conducive to the public good.
A history of anti-social behaviour or low level criminality, especially if it has led to the issue of an ASBO, or you having signed the sex offenders register might be grounds to refuse the application.
In addition do note your employment record will often be a significant consideration. Caseworkers will consider what you have been doing while being in the UK, and what economic contribution, if any has been made. Whilst not having a ‘sound’ employment record is not in itself a reason to refuse leave, when coupled with long residence or other strong ties with the UK, having a ‘sound’ employment record would count in a person’s favour if they have not been a burden on public finances but have in fact contributed through income tax and national insurance contributions.
If the applicant has dependant children who have adapted to life in the UK this could be a factor against refusal on paragraph 276B(ii), as could the presence of another settled person who is routinely dependent on the applicant (e.g. a disabled relative).
Previous criminal record and the nature of any offence of which the person has been convicted
A sentence of imprisonment or detention breaks continuous residence in the UK. Therefore, anyone who has been imprisoned is likely to find it difficult to meet the requirement of having 10 years continuous residence in the first place.
We would always suggest you speak to us for more information.