You need a Returning Resident visa to come back to live in the UK if you were previously settled (given indefinite leave to enter or remain) and you have either:
- lost your documentation
- been away for more than 2 years
You don’t need a visa if you have your original documentation confirming your settled status and you’ve been away for less than 2 years.
- 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
You won’t get a Returning Resident visa unless you’re also able to show what 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 indefinite leave to remain 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
How GB Immigration can help
As specialists in UK immigration law, at GB Immigration we can offer a full service to clients that require advice and assistance for their immigration needs. If you would like to know more about applying for a Returning Resident visa or you wish to discuss your Immigration matter contact us.