Long Residence Solicitors

Representing those who wish to continue their life in the UK.

If your family or private life is in the UK and you don’t want to return to your home country then we can help.

Please note that the advice below is no substitute for seeking advice directly from one of our experts as every case is different and is legally and factually unique. In all cases it is essential to obtain our advice as soon as possible.
Delaying your claim can have an adverse impact upon your case

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We, at Haris Ali Solicitors are highly rated for our outstanding representation of those wishing to continue to enjoy their private and family life in the UK. We have been recognised for taking cases as far as the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. Our team of legal experts can assist at any level including complex deportation cases and we have extensive experience in assisting our clients with long residence human rights applications based on family and private life.

Family Life

The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is incorporated into UK law within the Human Rights Act 1998. Article 8 requires the UK authorities to respect your private and family life in the UK. This protection applies to everyone within the UK. However this protection is not an absolute right and a range of factors are taken into account when considering an application to remain in the UK under Article 8 of the ECHR.

You may be able to apply for leave to remain in the UK on this basis if a requirement for you to leave the UK would breach yours or your UK based family’s rights.  If you have a partner and/or child who live in the UK, your Article 8 Rights may be breached if your departure from the UK causes your family to be separated and your family members cannot join you outside the UK.


If you have a child or children who have lived in the UK for 7 years or more (a “qualifying child” you can apply for ‘leave to remain’ for them under the Immigration Rules. If your child is settled and integrated it may be arguable that it would not be reasonable for them to relocate and start again in another country. The longer your child has lived in the UK, the stronger their case will be. Contact one of our expert lawyers to ensure you have all the correct documentation to assist you with this application.

Long Residence (10 Years in the UK)

If you have been in the UK legally for 10 continuous years you can apply to settle in the UK without any time restrictions (“indefinite leave to remain”).

To make this application you must already have permission to stay. This can be in any immigration category, or a combination of different immigration categories. You must also have been in the UK legally for 10 years and have kept to the terms of your UK visa.

In addition, if you are aged 18 to 65 years old, you must pass the ‘life in the UK’ test and show you have sufficient English language skills.

If you cannot meet these requirements you may be able to extend your stay for up to another 2 years.

Your 10-year qualifying period can start from either the time when you arrived in the UK with a visa or when you were given permission to stay in the UK.

Long Residence (20 Years in the UK)

You are aged over 18 and under 25 and have spent at least half of your life living continuously in the UK.

If you are successful you will be granted, initially, 30 months’ leave to remain. Only after a period of 10 years’ grant of leave can you apply to settle in the UK without any time restrictions.


Many applications are refused because the documentation submitted is insufficient or inadequate, or not in the correct format. At Haris Ali Solicitors, we will make sure that you have all the required documentation in support of the application so as to ensure you have the best chance of success.

 020 8570 7300

Put simply, our immigration solicitors will provide guidance throughout the process,
liaising with all relevant government bodies, including UK Visas and Immigration,
British Consulate, overseas agents and where necessary the courts.

Haris Ali Solicitors can help

Long Residence Solicitors

Sophia Zaman

Mavelyn Vidal

Experts In All Areas of Immigration

Whatever your legal requirements, our Immigration Law solicitors are on hand to provide you with clear, informed and professional advice.

Why not call us today on 020 8570 7300 to arrange your no obligation consultation?

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Tahira Chaudry
Tahira Chaudry
00:30 09 Mar 20
The team at Haris Ali are compassionate, supportive and very professional. They handled my case to the highest... standards of professionalism and always in a competent and approachable manner. I would not hesitate to recommend this legal firm to others especially when it comes to family matters.read more
Nabeeha Latif
Nabeeha Latif
17:22 05 Mar 20
Yasmin and Waleed have been very co operative and supportive to us throughout our visa process for my husband. We had... a couple of hurdles but at every stage they had managed to overcome them. Every time we contacted the office they were always prompt and accommodating to our needs. They were also very understanding when it came to us paying agreed fees as they didn’t constantly bug us to pay them and gave us good time. Highly recommended as we were given a great service! 👍🏽Thank you 🙏🏽 guys...😊read more
ty haq
ty haq
22:40 02 Mar 20
I would like to thank Amaka Olateju  and Yasmeen Ali for all the hard work you have put in dealing with a... challenging and very sensitive housing issue. Your support and dedication even with time constraints has been outstanding.You have gone beyond the call of duty and achieved a very good outcome in this matter and this is greatly appreciated.I highly recommend Amaka, Yasmeen and Haris Ali Solicitors.read more
Phi Ngoc Le
Phi Ngoc Le
19:45 24 Feb 20
It’s been an extremely difficult journey for us to get our Visas. 2 other solicitors before had ruined our case.... Only when come to Haris Ali Solicitor things started to go in the right direction. I love that they always have options and back up plan. The way they prepare application is second to none, really thorough. Home Office love that they do extra copies cause it saves them lots of time.Apart from their professionalism and competitive price, I am really appreciate Amar, Yasmeen, Mavelyn and other guys who have been there with me through the emotionally tough times. Highly recommend them.read more
Sha Aaz
Sha Aaz
23:14 09 Jan 20
Great solicitors! Supported me throughout my case and got me a win. Highly recommend.
F Parveen
F Parveen
22:12 03 Nov 19
Hairs Ali solicitors have got me a win. I had very little chances of winning yet Yasmeen has put hard work to getting... me a win. She has been very supportive throughout the process. I have booked numerous appointments with Yasmeen and she has always been reassuring and patient. I have always received satisfaction. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a solicitor. Yasmeen is highly experienced, intelligent and a friendly solicitor, would highly recommend Haris Ali solicitors.read more
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We will ensure that you have the correct documentation that proves you fulfil all the requirements of the immigration rules.


We will advise and assist you in completing the application forms


We will make detailed representations in support of the application setting out clearly why the application should succeed, highlighting the documentation we are submitting with reference to your specific circumstances and how this proves you meet all the requirements.

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In light of the current situation our teams are now working on a remote basis. We remain fully operational, however our offices are not available for client meetings. Your usual contacts can be reached by email and mobile phone.

We are open for business as normal, working remotely. We remain able to take new enquiries.

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