Accelerated settlement for young people
There are many immigration routes available for when someone can apply to settle permanently in the UK. There will be a requirement that an applicant has to have lived lawfully in the UK for a set period. Usually, the requirement is either five or ten years of continuous residence.
As a result of legal challenges brought on behalf of young people affected by the 10-year lawful residence requirement, the Home Office has updated its policy to allow settlement after five years in certain circumstances. This could help those who came to the UK at a young age or those who were born here without immigration status. A child could have found themselves without status for a range of reasons such as affordability, being involved in care proceedings or poor legal advice. This would then follow them into their adult lives and disrupt their integration into British society.
As of 20 October 2021, the Home Office will now consider applications for an accelerated settlement for young people between 18-24 years of age. They will need to meet certain eligibility requirements and show that they have lived in the UK for at least half of their lives, with at least five years of leave to remain.
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