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Saturday, 16 May 2009

Indefinite leave to remain refused story ILR-0005 (CRB mistake ruined his case)

This story is based on one of the applicant of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

Apply Method: Croydon PEO Interview
Apply Date: 25 Feb 2009
Previous Visa: Marriage Visa

Date of arrival in UK : 2007

'Hello all,

I wrote some words about my case story inside one of the topics, but i want to be specific here wishing to have some help or similar situation as mine.

I have applied in person 25/02/09 SET(M) in Croyden. My two years qualification period was about to finish at that time. The lady downstairs checked all papers and said all ok, went upstairs and paid as normal then my case number was called to one of the windows.

I had more than enough evidence that me and my wife been living together, gave them to the officer and he asked me to wait for 30-40 min until he finishes photo copying and checkings.

An hour later, he called me and said "In the application form we asked you to be honest and you wrote that you have not been in prison but this is not true as our checking shows that you have been in prison.

Off course, i got completely shocked of what he said which was ridiculous. I came to the country after getting a visa so the checking was done by the embassy. A year later, i started working for a very well known government company which would never give jobs without doing CRB checks, and since then i didn’t have more than one day absence off sick and 2 weeks booked holiday. So how and when would I be in prison.

I tried to explain that to the office as i told him i have been working for more than a year and he answered oh you work! then it will be ok, we just need to check what you saying is true and we will be in contact with you within 4 weeks ( it has been 9 weeks and 2 days). I asked him to check the middle name and he said everything is the same even date of birth is the same. He didn’t answer me when i asked about the period of time which I was in prison according to his database.

Did anyone at all have experienced anything similar, I need your opinion about this, could it be i have an offence by mistake ( CRB mistake). Or maybe ID theft. Or maybe it is just he didn’t want to give the ILR straightaway and he gave me an excuse for that.

By the way the only time i have TALKED to a police officer was more than a year ago when they stopped me as i was talking on the phone while driving and they were going to give me fine but they said we will have to send it to the court because i had an international driving licence at that time, and I didnt hear from them since then as they were suppose to send me a letter to attend the court.

Do you think that they have sent me a letter and i didn’t receive it and that is why my name gone to the HO or something, but i really don’t think so as the officer said that i have been in prison not just an offence. I think i am over thinking it.'

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What is CRB Check? (Criminal Records Bureau Check)

The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), an executive agency of the Home Office provides access to criminal record and other relevant information to organisations in England and Wales. The results of the checks carried out by the CRB help organisations make more informed decisions when recruiting people to work with children and the vulnerable.

CRB checks are also available to certain specified professional, licensing and regulatory bodies whose employees or volunteers are not necessarily in direct contact with the vulnerable.

Through the Disclosure service, organisations can ensure greater protection for the vulnerable members of our society and afford greater protection to their customers, staff, volunteers and ultimately their organisation.

What information is available through a CRB check?
A CRB check can provide access to a range of different types of information, such as, information:

* held on the Police National Computer (PNC), including Convictions, Cautions, Reprimands and Warnings in England and Wales, and most of the relevant convictions in Scotland and Northern Ireland may also be included. (The CRB reserves the right to add new data sources. For the most up to date list of data sources which are searched by the CRB click here):
* held by local police forces and other agencies, relating to relevant non-conviction information;
* from the Government's Protection of Children Act List (PoCA), where applicable;
* from the Government's Protection of Vulnerable Adults List (PoVA), where applicable; and
* held by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002 (formerly known as List 99), where applicable.

Not all applications for those working with children or vulnerable adults will be eligible for a PoCA or PoVA Check. For the latest details on which posts or sectors are entitled to request such checks please go to for the PoCA List or for the PoVA List

The CRB does not check whether an applicant is permitted to work within the UK. The employer has liability for ensuring that the person they intend to employ does not have any restriction on their ability to take up employment within the UK. For further information on the rules surrounding working in the UK go to the Borders and Immigration Agency website at

Levels of CRB Check
To provide this service, the CRB offers two types of check. These are Standard and Enhanced.

These checks cannot be obtained by members of the public directly but are only available to organisations and only for those professions, offices, employments, work and occupations listed in the Exceptions Order to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

Standard CRB check
Standard CRB checks are primarily for posts that involve working with children or vulnerable adults. Standard checks may also be issued for people entering certain professions, such as members of the legal and accountancy professions. Standard checks contain the following;

* Convictions, Cautions, Reprimands and Warnings held in England and Wales on the Police National Computer, the most of the relevant convictions in Scotland and Northern Ireland may also be included;

and if the position involves working with children or vulnerable adults, in the sectors or areas which are able to access them, and the relevant boxes have been marked on the application form, in Section Y (Y3 or Y4), to indicate this:

* information from the Protection of Children Act List (PoCA);
* Information from the Protection of Vulnerable Adults List (POVA); and
* Information held by the DCSF under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002 of those considered unsuitable for, or banned from working with children.

Enhanced CRB Check
Enhanced checks are for posts involving a far greater degree of contact with children or vulnerable adults. In general, the type of work will involve regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of such people. Examples include a Teacher, Scout or Guide leader. Enhanced checks are also issued for certain statutory purposes such as gaming and lottery licences.

Enhanced checks contain the same information as Standard checks but with the addition of any locally held police force information considered relevant to the job role, by Chief Police Officer(s).

Why might I be asked to apply for a CRB checks?
You may have been asked to apply for a Standard or an Enhanced CRB check if:

* you will be working with children or vulnerable adults;
* you will be working in an establishment that is wholly or mainly for children;
* you will be working in healthcare; or
* you have applied to be a foster carer, adoptive parent or childminder.

A CRB check may also be required for a range of other types of job or licences. To find out more please contact the CRB information line or click here.

Can I refuse to apply for a CRB check?
Yes. However, there are some posts for which a CRB check is required by law. If you refuse to apply for a CRB check in this instance, the organisation may not be able to take your job or licence application any further.

If you are currently working and your employer asks you to apply for a CRB check, you may be able to refuse if your contract of employment does not refer to a criminal record check, unless a change in legislation has made such a check mandatory.

I already have a CRB Check, can I use it again?
If you are asked to apply for a CRB check and you already have one for a previous role you can ask if the organisation is willing to accept it. When making this decision the organisation will take into account the length of time that has elapsed since that CRB check was issued; the level of CRB check; the nature of the position for which the CRB check was issued; and the nature of the position for which you are now applying. Ultimately, it will be the organisation’s decision whether to accept it or not. This re-use is called ‘Portability’ - for more information see the guidance.

What if I have lived overseas?
The CRB does not generally have access to overseas criminal records. However, some organisations have a legal responsibility to check if a person is banned from working with children or vulnerable adults and can only do this through the CRB . We can also advise on how to obtain equivalent information from the overseas authorities, for further information click here. You may wish to discuss this with your prospective employer.

How do I pay for my CRB Check?
The CRB charges an application fee.

Payment for a CRB check can be made by personal cheque or postal order for those who do not have payment on account status. Some organisations may pay for the CRB check on your behalf. Please check with the person who has asked you to apply for the CRB checkif this is the case.

If you are a volunteer, the CRB will issue the CRB check free-of-charge. *Click here to see the definition of a volunteer.

How will I know which level of CRB Check is required?
The organisation that has asked you to apply for the CRB check knows what the specific role entails and is, therefore, best suited to decide the appropriate level of CRB check for the position. The CRB is unable to offer you any guidelines on this.

How do I apply for a CRB Check?
There are two ways of applying for a CRB check. You will either be asked to:

* telephone the Disclosure application line on 0870 90 90 844, in which case you will need to provide the Registered Body name and number (Please have this information to hand when calling), or
* complete a paper application form handed to you by the person who asked you to apply.

In both instances, you will have to provide evidence of your name, address and date of birth, along with the Registered Body name and number, and the level of CRB check. This will help the person who asked you to apply, confirm your identity. A guidance booklet on how to complete the form is available here (please note, this booklet will open in a new browser window).

Who will receive my CRB Check?
When the application is processed, the CRB sends out a copy of the CRB check, containing any information revealed during its searches, to both you and the person who countersigned your form.

How do I know that the information contained on my CRB Check will remain confidential?

Organisations using the Disclosure service must comply with the CRB Code of Practice, which is there to make sure that any information revealed is used fairly and kept securely. Also, the CRB is committed to compliance with the Data Protection Act. This means that any personal information that you submit to us will be protected.

Under the provisions of the Code of Practice, sensitive personal information must be handled and stored appropriately and must be kept only for as long as it is necessary. The Code of Practice is published on the CRB website, or you can request a copy from the person who asked you to apply for the CRB check.

What if I have a criminal record that may not be relevant to the position for which I am applying?
Safeguards and guidelines have been introduced to ensure that conviction information is not misused and that ex-offenders are not treated unfairly. Ex-offenders will retain the protection afforded by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. In addition, the CRB and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have developed guidance information for employers on this matter.

What if things go wrong?
The CRB has established a comprehensive complaints process and, as part of its commitment to provide a high standard of customer service, we will always:

* act fairly and impartially
* communicate effectively
* deal promptly with all enquiries
* endeavour to learn from our mistakes

For how long is a CRB Check valid?
Each Disclosure will show the date on which it was printed. CRB checks do not carry a pre-determined period of validity because a conviction or other matter could be recorded against the subject of the CRB check at any time after it is issued.

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Thursday, 14 May 2009

Telecoms giant BT announces 15,000 job cuts

BT TODAY suffered its own “Black Thursday” as the telecoms giant announced it was cutting 15,000 jobs.

The company will shed 10 per cent of its workforce – including hundreds of employees in London – after reporting an annual loss of £134m.

The announcement means that 30,000 jobs will have been lost at the company within two years. BT has already cut 15,000 positions since last spring — 5,000 more than previously thought.

The news comes just days after official government figures showed that UK unemployment has hit 2.2m.

BT chief executive Ian Livingston said: “We regret having to do this, but these are very tough times and that requires tough actions. I am determined that BT emerges from this recession as a stronger company, not just for its shareholders but in order to protect as many permanent staff as possible.

“Three out of four of BT’s lines of business have performed well in spite of fierce competition and the global economic downturn.”

Livingston put the company’s position down to the “unacceptable performance” of its global services division, which provides telecoms infrastructure to multinational companies.

He added that he expected executive bonus payments to be “substantially” reduced or even “zero” this year. The job losses will reduce BT’s workforce to 130,000, down from 160,000 just two years ago.

Andy Kerr, deputy general secretary of the Communication Workers’ Union, said: “Fifteen thousand is a very challenging level of job losses, especially on the back of last year’s reductions. This is a serious day for staff at BT.”

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Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Tier 1 (General) application refusal story Tier1-0002

This story is based on one of the applicant of Tier 1 (General)

'Hi all,i just received a refusal letter from the HO today, stating that i have been refused on the grounds of the bank statements i have submitted do not cover the full period that i claimed. I applied on march 14 2009 (in other to beat the new changes on April).

I supplied a 12 month payslips which records that i have earned 36,000 pounds (My salary is paid every 25th of the month) in the last twelve months, but my bank statement does not cover my last earning for February since my bank statements is sent on every 16th of the new month. i claimed 40 points for my earning and i got 35 points. Here is the statement for refusal :

" The bank statements you have submitted do not cover the full period which you are claiming for under previous earnings. Your bank statement for February 2009 only covers up to 16 February and does not show your salary being paid into your account. Therefore i am only able to corroborate 33,006.06 for previous earnings. you have been awarded 35 points in line with current guidance. "

My statements of account does not carry my gross income, but my pay slip carries my gross income from march 2008 to February 2009 which is 36,000 pounds.

I am told that i do not have the right to appeal. This is confusing. I need help fast, and i want people to direct me to the right direction.

Thanks all.

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Indefinite leave to remain success story ILR-0004 (5 Years Work Permit)

This story is based on one of the applicant of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

Apply Method: Glasgow PEO Interview
Apply Date: 13th May 2009
Previous Visa: 5 Years Work Permit

Date of arrival in UK : May 2004
Number of absences : 94 days

'Thanks God, I got it.

Thank you very much for all the help and information. It was very useful.

I took an appointment for ILR at Glasgow PEO. Got an apoointment at 10:00 AM on 13/05/09. I was including my wife and child as dependents.

Since I live in Glasgow, so reached there at 09:00 AM. I went there without my wife and child as they said its not essential.

Not lots of people just 4-5, nice waiting room with water and vending machines for Coffee, snacks etc. Needed to wait to get my ticket till 09:30AM. Got the ticket number "004".

I took all 5 years documents with me. This is my fourth employer, so all salary slips, bank statements, P60, P45 forms, Work permit transfer papers. I also kept all wife's bank statements, utility bills etc just in case ;-)

Was called at 10:20AM at counter number 3, I have to say people are very polite there and treat you with respect. The gentleman at the couter asked my application form and passports. Then he asked for relevant documentation, I wanted to give only required just to avoid any confusions. So I gave him
- 3 months salary slip
- 3 months bank statements
- Pass letter for me and my wife
- Letter from the employer
- child's birth certificate
- He said marriage certificate is not required as my wife is already my dependent.
- I tried to gave him the separate absences sheet, he quickly looked at the form, there also I filled in my absences, he had a quick glance and asked me how many absences you have? I said 94 in 5 years and 42 at a stretch. He said its well below the limit of 180 days, so he doesnot need anything else.

Then he asked for previous original work permit letters. I didnot had all originals only 2 original and 2 xerox, he said its fine whatever I have. He was really friendly, I gave him all the papers for WP transfer and Leave to Remain approvals. He said he will do all the checks and then call me and the wait started.......

Just after 7-8 minutes my number was called at the same counter and for a moment I thought, it can't be that quick, what's wrong?

Went there, the guy smiled and said, I am happy with your application and you will be called for payment. I was bit surprised and saw a stamp "Valid" on the form, but couldn't see anything else. I kept turning the pages... and my number was called for payment just after 2 minutes.

Went there and paid by cash, gave them 1140/-, don't know how I counted in home, but she refunded me £20/-, came back and started looking at the form again to get some relief and then I found, it was on the last page, where you have final check. Handwriting says "All relevant documents seen. Home office records clear. Grant ILR".....

Yepeeee..... had some relief and after some time at 11:15 was called again at counter number 4, the lady saw all the documents again and started talking about the test and few other things, could not find my score as the result was still not in their system. She said we will get ILR today, she took a xerox of all the papers, hardly took 5 minutes and said I can burn all these WP now and smiled :-)

Asked me to wait and kept all passports and photos.

After 35 minutes 11:50, I was called at counter 5 and got all the passport with "Indefinite Leave to Remain - Settlement" back.

What a relief......... Now I can enjoy for some time and then will be back for naturalisation.....

Thanks you all for your support and wishes and all the best who are going to apply now. I have to say for WP / Tier 1, 2 - Go prepared, carry everything you have. The process and check is really very simple and straightforwrd if you meet all their criteria.


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Tier 1 (General) success story Tier1-0001

This story is based on one of the applicant of Tier 1 (General)

Apply Method: Post
Applied on 30th March 2009
Application received by HO on 31st March
Fee Debited on 2nd April 2009.
Approved on 11th May 2009
Documents Received on 13th May 2009.

Documents Submitted as following: -
Previous Earnings - 12 Months Pay slips and Bank Statements (Highlighted all Salary Credits on Bank Statements) (35 Points)

Qualifications - Master Degree (Certificate and Mark List) (35 Points)

UK Exp. - Same as Previous Earnings (5 Points)

English Language - My qualification was on Home Office approved list.

Maint Funds - 3 Months bank Statements (Savings Account)

Additional Documents - Appointment Letter received from Employer.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

L&G set to cut a further 560 jobs

The insurance firm Legal & General (L&G) has begun consulting on plans to cut 560 jobs in its savings business.
The planned cuts will be made up of 300 full-time staff and 260 contractors and temporary workers.

The cuts come on top of up to 450 job losses among support staff that were announced in February.

Legal & General currently employs about 8,500 people. Its main offices are in London, Cardiff, Brighton and Kingswood in Surrey.

"Potential redundancies are being driven by changing business demand, operational efficiencies, and the continued refocusing of the savings business towards modern, flexible, capital-lite products," a Legal & General spokesman said.

'Extremely disturbing'

"L&G will keep any potential redundancies to a minimum and will try to find suitable alternative employment for staff affected," he added.

The Unite union described the announcement as "extremely disturbing" and said the distress would be compounded by the current economic climate.

"Unite has challenged Legal & General on the impact that this significant staff reduction will have on their plans for recovery following the current downturn," said Unite national officer Rob MacGregor.

"The union is calling on the financial services sector to ensure that they do not simply take short-term decisions to cut staff, without consideration for future levels of service and their ability to recover from the recession."

Unite said that it would oppose any compulsory redundancies.

L&G's move is the latest in a series of job cuts in the financial sector.

Rival insurer Aviva announced 1,690 cuts last month, while Royal Bank of Scotland is shedding 9,000 jobs and Lloyds Banking Group is to cut 985.

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Unemployment leap worse than feared in the UK

The number of people out of work soared by almost a quarter of a million in the first three months of this year, figures show. Skip related content

The rise of 244,000 is the biggest quarterly increase in the jobless total since 1981 and was larger than many analysts had predicted.

It takes the number of people in the UK now looking for work to just over 2.2 million, the worst figure since 1996.

Shadow work and pensions secretary Theresa May accused Labour of "sleepwalking through this unemployment crisis."

She went on: "Behind these grim statistics, people's lives have been shattered. We still have a Government that is devoid of ideas and devoid of any real vision to help people out of this grave situation."

But employment minister Tony McNulty insisted Labour had already acted to try to boost job prospects in the UK.

"We understand that people are finding times tough, but we will not give up on them," he said.

"That's why in last month's Budget we set aside a further £3.1 billion to invest in people's futures and create more opportunities to help them get back to work."

The eagerly-awaited data was due to be published on Wednesday but that was brought forward after the Office for National Statistics admitted some of the information had accidentally been released early.

An inquiry launched to establish what went wrong is due to report back to the UK Statistics Authority "very shortly".

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber spoke of his disappointment at "another set of dreadful figures".

He said: "Some people in the City are already talking of a recovery. But the only recovery in the real world will be when unemployment starts to fall.

"Unemployment is still the country's number one emergency and the Government must use all possible means to address it.

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13,500 fewer colleges for tier 4 student visas

The approved list of colleges for sponsoring UK student visas has shrunk by more than 13,000, following a crackdown against bogus colleges.

There had been about 15,000 public and private educational institutions on the government's register.

But the new list, vetted by the UK Border Agency, now only has 1,500 institutions registered.

Colleges face tougher scrutiny from inspectors

The stricter rules for the new register are intended to stop "dodgy colleges", says the UK Border Agency.

But the sharp fall in numbers will raise questions as to whether the previous official list included bogus institutions.

Immigration rules

Following concern that bogus colleges were being operated as a way of fraudulently providing student visas, there has been a substantial tightening of regulations.

"We have made it clear that we will not tolerate either the fraudulent applicants trying to abuse Britain's immigration rules, or the dodgy colleges that facilitate them," says a statement from the Home Office.

The register of colleges, held by a series of government departments, has been used as an approved list for student visa applications.

Colleges which want to recruit students from overseas now face a much tougher inspection and accreditation process - and overseas students face greater controls, including the need for a biometric identity card.

The list of registered colleges, previously held by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, is now run by the UK Border Agency - and colleges have had to re-apply to be on the new approved list.

A quarter of those who applied have been rejected - and the registered number has plunged by 90%.

Gina Hobson of the British Accreditation Council says the tighter rules will have a "dramatic impact on the operations of colleges which have been set up without educational intentions".

There are also legitimate reasons why the new list would be smaller.

The previous register was a wider-ranging list of education and training providers, including local authority centres, independent schools, prisons and employment training companies, which would not need to apply to the new UK Border Agency register.

"Not every institution that was on the old Dius register needs to be on the new Tier 4 list [the stricter register] - some institutions do not teach students from outside Europe and so do not need to register with Tier 4. Some may have not yet registered."

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Monday, 11 May 2009

Indefinite leave to remain success story ILR-0003 (10 Years Long Residency)

This story is based on one of the applicant of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

Apply Method: Croydon PEO Interview
Apply Date: 14th April 2009
Previous Visa: 3 student visas from 1999 till 2006, SEGS 2006-2007 & Work permit from 2007-2009

Date of arrival in UK : 1999
'hi all
I just wanted to share my successful experience as i just came back from croydon

I had no gaps in between and haven't been absent for more than 6 months in one go (my longest was three months and 10 days), the total number of months i was absent during the whole 10 years was 10 months and something ...

It was a very smooth process and not as difficult as I thought it would be, i had a suitcase full of all proofs and documents, didn't have to use any of them to my surprise ! All I was asked for was:
- the application form (SET(O)) which i filled clearly and included a separate sheet deatiling the dates of absences and the reasons
- My passport (I had two, an old one and a new one)
-My police regisration certificate
-My life in the UK test pass certificate

in other words only the documents mentioned on the application form nothing else

I am going to tell how it happened in detail simply because I found it so useful to read other people's experiences before i went, it helped to reassure me and calm me down..I hope this will be helpfull to others too
so this is how the day went

My appointment was for 10 am, I was told to be there 30 mns before that, I drove with my husband to croydon, joined a small queue in Lunar house entrance at 9:30, we were asked if we had an appointment, there were 2 lines one for visas and one for biometrics, so we joined the visas one and waited until we were let in, I was surprised as I wasn't even asked for my reference number, we then went through the security check just like the airport,the staff were very friendly. We then joined another queue we were asked by a lady if we had an application form and passports, she then asked what type of visa i was here for, I said long residency, she said yes but what is it student or workpermit (doesn't make sense !! it's long residency it could be both) ..I said long residency 10 years , she said yes they are all long residency ???!!! I then remembered a post i read somewhere about the same comment made to someone, so i calmed down and decided to let it go and said ..yes workpermit !! she obviously didn't have a clue ! and insisted she was right ...any way ...she then asked us to wait until a counter became available, 5 mns later we were called and asked to hand in the passports and documents, he then issued us with a ticket with a reference and asked us to go to the firts floor for payment. I used a credit card and paid the painful £1020, then was asked to wait in teh waiting area for my ref number to be called.
We got a bit confused with the calling system, we had a reference number starting with a letter (L39) the screen displays numbers and an automated voice calls the numbers loudly (for biometrics) , but none of them had a letter infront of it.
We the realised that there were two types of numbers, and those with letters infront of their numbers will be called by another person (the case worker himself), I must admit, it wasn't easy to hear the second voice with the other loud and ongoing calling for biometrics.(I have a headache from that noise!).
We finally got called an hour late (11 am instead of 10 am), the lady (very friendly) asked me for the passports etc..and said that it might take time because it's long residency and they have to check the absences and visas etc..she then started entering infos on the computer, 10 mns later she said, everything seems fine, we just need to check everything and process your application, you can either go and come back in 2 hours or wait, when you come back don't queue up just come straight to me. Fine we went to the shopping centre and had some food and relaxed ....came back, teh counter was closed, she then came and told me, your application was fine just wait by the customer service counter to get your passport ...waited for another 30 mins then got the call and the passport with the ILR stamp was 2pm !

a long day but worth the wait, my advice is to get organised, have everything ready and get your absence dates sorted and clearly written.
and do not stress, if you have no gaps in your visas and nothing is wrong with your application, there is really no reason to get stressed..
it's just a shame my husband couldn't apply with me (the 10 year settlement doesn't allow dependents), it would have been a very happy day for us..

good luck to anyone who is applying'

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Indefinite leave to remain success story ILR-0002 (Wp + Hsmp)

This story is based on one of the applicant of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

Apply Method: Glasgow PEO Interview
Apply Date: 1st of May 2009
Previous Visa: 2 years work permit + 3 years HSMP

Date of arrival in UK : May 2004
Number of absences : 185 days (120 days at a stretch on business)

I just wanted to share my experience at the GLASGOW PEO which was on the 1st of May.

My Appointment was at 2PM and i arrived at the PEO by 1PM, went through the airport style check and security kept my mobile phone with them to be collected while departing and gave me a token with a number on it (Took 5 mins).

Next they escorted me in to the waiting room, which is a quite a decent size room with coffe/soft drink/chocolate/chips machines.

It's not crowdy, i had seen some 10 people already waiting there.

My situtation is I came on WP in May 2004 and converted in to HSMP in 2006.
The only complication in my case was i was out of the country for a total of 185 days and out of which 120 days at a stretch on business (i.e more than stipulated 90 days for which i got a letter from the employer). And i prepared an excel sheet with all my absences.

I waited for my token number to be called and i was called at 2PM to see the case worker.

There were around 10 counters and i went to the respective counter which has a glass partition.

Case Worker just confirmed that i am applying for ILR and asked for the following documents.

- SET(O) Form
- Passport, 1 Passport size photo
- Life in the UK pass Certificate
- Letter from the employer
- Last 3 months Bank Statements & Salary Slips
- All the previous work permits + Hsmp documents

Case worker did not mention any thing about absence from UK but i voluntarily gave her the spreadsheet and the letter from the employer with the details of absences on business.

No more questions asked, the lady that said she will have to do few checkes and i was asked to wait in the waiting lounge.

I was called back again after 15 mins, and the lady said everythig is fine and handed over all the documents back with a VALID stamp on the 1st page of the SET(O) form.
The lady also said that i will be called for the payment and then i will have to see another case worker who would photocopy the same documents.

At that stage i was not sure whether they are granting me the ILR or not, i just turned the last page of the SET(O) form and i had seen the case worker signature with remarks ......'VALID,GRANT ILR'......... woooh ..hooo..........big relief.

I waited for another 10 minutes and my number was called for payment. I paid the amount £1020, got the receipt and came back to my seat.

After 10 minutes my number was called by another case worker, this time the same worker asked me to provide all the documents which were validated by the 1st Case Worker.

The lady photocopied all the supporting documents and returned the same except the SET(O) form and the passport, she said everything is fine and suggested me to wait for another 30 mins to collect the passport.

I got back to my seat and i was called after 25 mins to collect the passport...

I checked my passport there you go......... ILR STAMP ...with my latest photo on it .

Good Luck to you all and thanks for your valuable suggestions.


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Indefinite leave to remain success story ILR-0001 (Wp + Hsmp)

This story is based on one of the applicant of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

Apply Method: Sheffield PEO Interview
Apply Date: 8th April 2009
Previous Visa: 3.5 years work permit + 1.5 years HSMP

Date of arrival in UK : May 2004
Number of absences : 110 days
Total number of employers : 3 (All jobs full time)

'I got my ILR on 8th april in Sheffield PEO. I rang home office exactly 6 weeks before (on 25th Feb) for appointment. I called at 8:59 AM and managed to get through to the call center operator in the first attempt. Even then I could not get appointment in either Croydon or Birmingham PEO. I booked the appointment at Sheffield PEO at 11:15 AM for myself and two dependents.

As I had to travel from London, I reached Sheffield PEO at around 9:15 AM (2 hours early) with my wife and my son. There was no queue outside the PEO. After security went to the reception. The lady at the reception checked my appointment number against the list and issued me a ticket number. She told me that my number will be called for initial screening of the documents. As I reached the PEO quite early, I had to wait for 1 hour and 30 minutes for my number to be called. My number was called at around 10:45 AM. The lady at the counter was very polite and asked for Set(0) form, 1 photograph each for myself and dependants, Passports and the life in UK pass certificates. Along with these documents I also gave her a detailed covering letter and an excel sheet explaining all my absences. She then checked in her system and told us that she is happy with the application and asked to pay the fees at the payment counter. She kept with her the passports, photos, covering letter and the absences sheet. After paying the fees, was told that my ticket number will be called by the case worker for the detailed checking of the documents.

My number was called by the case worker at around 11:15 AM. After scanning the photos she asked for the following additional documents
SET(0) Form
3 Months Salary Slips
3 Months Bank Statements
HSMP approval letter
Current Employers reference letter
Child's Birth certificate

Even though I had taken all the documents with me, she did not ask for the P60 documents, previous work permits or previous employer reference letters. She took the photocopy of the child's birth certificate and then she returned all the documents. She then said that she is happy to give us ILR on the same day. She said the stamping of passports will take around 1 hour and we can either wait or can go out and come back to collect the passports.

We decided to wait and had to wait for less than an hour for the collection of passports. We got the passports at around 12:10 PM. We checked the passports for any spelling mistake, date of birth.

From my experience I can say that it is worth applying in person and I will definately recommend Sheffield PEO as all the staff there is very polite and it is definately less busy than other PEOs.'

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Sunday, 10 May 2009

Definition of Indefinite leave to remain - UK

Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) is an immigration status granted to a person who does not hold right of abode in the United Kingdom, but who has been admitted to the UK without any time limit on his or her stay and who is free to take up employment or study, without restriction. When indefinite leave is granted to persons outside the United Kingdom it is known as indefinite leave to enter (ILE).
A person who has indefinite leave to remain, right of abode, or is an Irish citizen, has settled status if resident in the United Kingdom (as do British citizens living in the UK).

Settled status is central to British nationality law, as the most usual route to naturalisation or registration as a British citizen requires that the applicant be settled in the UK. Settled status is also important where a child of non-British citizen parents is born in the UK, as unless at least one parent has settled status the child will not automatically be a British citizen.

Benefits of indefinite leave to remain
Holders of indefinite leave to remain may apply for naturalisation as a British citizen after at least five years' residence in the United Kingdom, provided that they have held ILR for at least one year. Those who hold another form of British nationality may instead apply for registration, which is a simpler process than naturalisation.

Because in most situations ILR is granted only after five years in the United Kingdom and a further 12 months residence with ILR is required for naturalisation, the effective waiting time for naturalisation is six years in most instances.

Immigration rule changes--HC 398
If married to or in a civil partnership with a British citizen, one's residence period for naturalisation is three years and there is no minimum period required for ILR to be held. There is no similar concession for registration, although British nationals (other than British citizens) may choose to apply for naturalisation instead.

As from 3 April 2007, a new condition has been added that "the applicant has sufficient knowledge of the English language and sufficient knowledge about life in the United Kingdom, unless he is under the age of 18 or aged 65 or over at the time he makes his application." (See [7] )

There are two ways the applicant can meet this condition:
  • By passing a test called the "Life in the UK Test". The test is taken on a computer at one of the 100 or so Life in the UK Test centres in the UK. It consists of 24 questions based on the information contained in the handbook "Life in the United Kingdom: A Journey to Citizenship" (2nd Edition) and requires a language ability the equivalent of ESOL Entry 3.
  • By attending an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course which includes citizenship materials, and progressing from one ESOL level to the next. It is stated that on average students require between 200 and 450 hours of tuition for each ESOL level.
Loss of indefinite leave to remain
ILR may be lost if a person leaves the United Kingdom and on return is given leave to enter other than for an indefinite period. This may be because, e.g., they mistakenly seek to enter as a visitor, or the immigration officer believes that they do not intend to reside in the United Kingdom.

ILR may also be curtailed by the Home Secretary for reasons of national security or if the holder of the ILR commits an offence that could lead to their deportation from the United Kingdom

A person may also lose ILR by leaving the United Kingdom for more than two years. However, in some circumstances, such a person may reapply for indefinite leave to enter the UK.

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