A recent change in Home Office guidance means that more people are now eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain
To apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, one has to complete five years of continuous residency (with some exceptions) in the relevant immigration category in the UK, for example, the Ancestral Visa.
Under previous UK Home Office guidance, the period between entry clearance issue and actually entering the UK could only be counted toward the qualifying period if the applicant entered the UK within 90 days of the entry clearance issue date.
In new UK Home Office guidance published on 25 April 2016, it changes the position so that the period between entry clearance issue and actually entering the UK can now be counted toward the qualifying period, regardless of when entry took place(so even if the applicant entered after 3 or 4 months for example). The days entered late will, however, form part of the applicants’ allowable 180 days absence in the relevant 12 month period, so it still gets taken into consideration, just in a more flexible manner.
Further UK Home Office guidance clarifies that the applicant does not need to provide evidence to demonstrate the reason for delayed entry.
Please contact your BIC consultant for more advice in your unique circumstances.