Leaving UK after getting ILR

Old May 24th 2024, 8:30 pm
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i got my ILR this week 64 days after a non-priority
application , but…..my husband has got a job in Amsterdam and we will be moving there by the end of summer. How does this impact my ILR? I don’t plan to apply for British citizenship but will it I need to restart the spouse visa when we do move back?
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Old May 25th 2024, 6:38 am
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If you are out of the UK for 2 years or more, then it's either a Returning Resident visa (getting this will depend on how long you have lived in the UK prior to the move) or start the immigration process from scratch.

Why don't you take out British citizenship which will make you eligible to come and go at will?
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What is your current nationality?
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Thank you Samdiegogirl for the reply.Does the reset happen if I am out of then UK for two years in a 5 year period or just two years overall?


BritInParis I am Singaporean and do not want to give up my nationality.


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The 2 years starts when you leave ......

How long do you intend to live in the Netherlands?
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His contract is for a year but likely to extend so I would say a minimum of 2 years and upto 5…..
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Originally Posted by Happytiara
His contract is for a year but likely to extend so I would say a minimum of 2 years and upto 5…..
There is the notion that frequent visits to the UK and/or having property, bank accounts and family in the UK, imply strong ties to the UK which are taken into account if returning after 2+ years absence.
Also how long you lived in the UK before your departure.
You should try to maintain ties to the UK if you intend to return.
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Originally Posted by Happytiara
His contract is for a year but likely to extend so I would say a minimum of 2 years and upto 5…..
There is the notion that frequent visits to the UK and/or having property, bank accounts and family in the UK, imply strong ties to the UK which are taken into account if returning after 2+ years absence. (no guarantee of course)
Also how long you lived in the UK before your departure.
You should try to maintain ties to the UK if you intend to return.
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Originally Posted by Happytiara
Thank you Samdiegogirl for the reply.Does the reset happen if I am out of then UK for two years in a 5 year period or just two years overall?


BritInParis I am Singaporean and do not want to give up my nationality.
Were you granted a BRP or an eVisa?
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Sorry for the delay in replying BritInParis i received a BRP which expires 31/12/24 and then I will have to use the online facility
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Originally Posted by Happytiara
Sorry for the delay in replying BritInParis i received a BRP which expires 31/12/24 and then I will have to use the online facility
When you switch to an eVisa you’ll be able to use the ePassport gates without having to speak to an Immigration Officer so you will very likely be able to keep your ILR valid by simply visiting the UK on a relatively regular basis. I would recommend at least every six months.
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When you switch to an eVisa you’ll be able to use the ePassport gates without having to speak to an Immigration Officer so you will very likely be able to keep your ILR valid by simply visiting the UK on a relatively regular basis. I would recommend at least every six months.
I assume that this is because the OP holds a Singapore passport and that my wife (Chinese passport and eVisa) will not be abel to use the ePassport gates......
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Originally Posted by DernierVirage
I assume that this is because the OP holds a Singapore passport and that my wife (Chinese passport and eVisa) will not be abel to use the ePassport gates......
Correct, not with a mainland PRC passport I’m afraid.
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