A RESIDENT IS SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION TO STAY IN THE UK WITHOUT ANY TIME LIMIT.
A RETURNING RESIDENT IS A RESIDENT WHO LEFT THE UK AND WANTS TO RETURN TO LIVE HERE AGAIN:
YOU QUALIFY AS A RETURNING RESIDENT IF
(a) YOU WERE SETTLED IN THE UK WHEN YOU LAST LEFT
(b) YOU HAVE BEEN AWAY FOR TWO YEARS OR LESS
(c) YOU ARE RETURNING TO LIVE IN THE UK PERMANENTLY
(d) YOU WERE NOT GIVEN PUBLIC FUNDS TO PAY THE COSTS OF LEAVING THE UK
If you have been away for more than two years you may still qualify to return to live in the UK if, for example, you have strong family ties here. However, you must first apply for a visa or entry clearance of a UK mission (Embassy) overseas before you can return here.
Did you know that rather than pay the UKBA £220 to have your residence stamp (Indefinite Leave to remain) transferred from your expired passport to your new passport, you can carry both your old passport and your new passport as proof of residence when traveling?
For further advice, contact THE NEW SOCIETY ORGANISATION OF CARIBBEAN AFFAIRS
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Legal Department NSOCA