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UK Returning Resident

Returning Resident
What is a returning resident?
A returning resident is someone who has settled status in the United Kingdom (UK) but having travelled abroad, requires re-admission to the UK as a resident.
Settled means living in the UK lawfully with no time limit on your stay.
How do I qualify?
You will qualify if:
  • you were settled in the UK when you last left
  • you have not been away for more than two years and you are returning for settlement
  • you did not receive public funds to meet the cost of leaving the UK
If you have been away from the UK for longer than two years you may still qualify to return to the UK as a returning resident if, for example, you have strong family ties or have lived here most of your life.
Do I need a visa?
If you have been away from the UK for more than two years you are advised to apply for a visa at the nearest
UK Overseas Mission that offers a visa service.
If you are travelling on a new passport that does not contain a stamp confirming that you are a permanent resident in the UK, you should carry with you your old passport or other evidence that you were previously resident in the UK.
Similarly, if you obtain a new passport after returning to the UK you should send it to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate so that the permission to enter or remain can be transferred to the new passport.
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New immigration fees proposed

Today, 3 February 2014, the government announced proposals to change the fees charged for visas, immigration and nationality applications and associated premium services.

New customer satisfaction survey

From 16 December 2013, if you are applying for a visa from outside the UK, you will be asked to fill in a new customer satisfaction survey.

Online payment to become mandatory in Pakistan

From 16 December 2013 all UK visa applications made in Pakistan must be paid for online.

Immigration Rule changes - Armed Forces

Changes to the Immigration Rules will affect members of HM Forces and their families

New visa application customer satisfaction survey

If you are making a visa application in the UK you now have the opportunity to tell us about your experience through a new customer satisfaction survey.

Our application forms are changing

We are publishing new versions of the following application forms for use on or after 28 October 2013

Immigration Bill introduced

The government has announced the introduction of the Immigration Bill on Thursday 10 October 2013.

New commercial partner contracts announced

Global contracts have been awarded for our visa application centres overseas

Immigration Rule changes

Rule changes which come into effect on 1 October 2013 will mean greater flexibility for businesses and workers

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