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Does Tier 5 visa count towards residency?

Does Tier 5 visa count towards residency?

We have many years experience in assisting migrants to obtain UK Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) visas, also known as settlement or permanent residence. For instance, time spent in the UK on a Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa or a student visa does not count towards the 5 years period.

How long do I have to stay in the UK to become a citizen?

You can apply for UK citizenship by naturalization after five years of residence in the UK, as long as this includes at least 12 months of either indefinite leave or EU settled status. This can be sooner under certain circumstances, such as if you are married to a British citizen.

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Can I change from Tier 5 to Tier 2?

You can only switch from a Tier 5 visa to a general work visa under Tier 2 if you are already in the UK under certain categories of visa, for example, one of the other specific Tier 2 categories. If your application is successful, you will be allowed to return to the UK and stay for a period of up to five years.

What is the difference between Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa?

Tier 2 workers are skilled individuals travelling to take long-term positions in the UK, or to complete a fixed-term contract (perhaps having transferred from a related company overseas). Tier 5 workers are generally less experienced (sometimes even voluntary) staff, and their time in the UK is often limited.

How long can you stay outside the UK on Tier 5 visa?

For the Tier 5 (Government Authorised Exchange) visa, you can stay for whichever is the shorter of i) your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 28 days or ii) 12 months or 24 months depending on which scheme you are applying for.

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Can I apply for citizenship after 5 years in the UK?

You can usually apply for ILR after you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years. To apply for citizenship with ILR you must usually have lived in the UK for 12 months after getting it. To apply for citizenship with settled status you must usually have lived in the UK for 12 months after getting it.

Are you eligible to claim British citizenship by descent?

As UK citizenship rules are complex, call us on +1 844 290 6312 for help to ascertain if you are eligible to claim British citizenship by descent (grandparent). We’re available in-person, via the phone or online.

Can I get a UK Ancestry visa if I am not British?

If you are not British but have a British grandparent and are a Commonwealth citizen, then you have the option to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa as an alternative to applying for British Citizenship by descent (grandparent). In order to be eligible to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa, you would need to match the following requirements:

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How long does it take to become a British citizen by marriage?

To apply as the spouse or civil partner of a British citizen you must have lived in the UK for the last 3 years. You’ll also need to have either: If you do, you’ll be eligible to apply for citizenship immediately. You can usually apply for ILR after you’ve lived in the UK for 5 years.