Apply For Returning Resident Visa with Deluxe Law Chambers

Are you considering returning to the United Kingdom after a period abroad? You can apply for a returning resident visa if you were previously settled in the UK and now wish to come back to live permanently in the UK. The process might seem daunting, but fear not! At Deluxe Law Chambers, we take pride in being the forefront of immigration law expertise. As the premier immigration law firm in the UK, we are dedicated to providing impeccable and transparent services to ensure your smooth transition back to the UK.

Make your way home to Britain. Learn everything about the returning resident visa UK. This article provides a step-by-step guide for your successful transition home.

Return to the UK if you had indefinite leave to remain

When a person holds indefinite leave to enter or remain and they leave the UK, on their return, they must either meet the requirements in paragraph 18 or paragraph 19 of the rules. This will depend on the amount of time spent outside the UK.

The requirements that you will need to satisfy to apply for a returning resident visa will vary depending upon whether you have been away from the UK for more, or less than, 2 years.

As a returning resident, the process of obtaining a visa can be intimidating, but Deluxe Law Chambers can take to smooth out the process and ensure the success of your application. A returning resident visa differs from other visa types, as it is only issued to individuals who have previously been a legal permanent resident in the UK. The process of obtaining a returning resident visa can be quite complex due to the various rules and regulations. Therefore, it is advised that you seek the help and guidance of a qualified immigration lawyer to ensure your application is correctly filled out and includes all required documentation.

Returning Resident Visa UK: The Essentials

So, what’s this all about? The Returning Resident Visa UK permits citizens who had previously lived in the UK to return and reside once more. It’s that simple.
Still, it demands you to have exceptional reasons for your absence and demonstrate your offer of unbroken ties to the UK.


To be in the running for this visa, you need to satisfy some criteria. You’ve got to show that you were a former resident of the UK, migrated overseas for reasons beyond your control, and you’ve maintained solid connections to the UK through the years.

Documents: What do I need?

So, what exactly do you need? This might include:

  • Valid passport or travel document
  • Documents demonstrating your ties to the UK
  • Evidence of the reasons you had to leave the UK
    It’s worth noting that all these documents might vary based on your case, don’t be shy to get personalized advice!

Will I Always Get the Returning Resident Visa, UK?

Unfortunately, securing the Returning Resident Visa UK isn’t a walk in the park. The Home Office is pretty rigid on the granting of this visa class, due to its potential for abuse. That’s where your unbroken connections to the UK come into play.

Look, it’s not the simplest process. But with just the right advice and correct documentations, getting back home could be a breeze. Trust yourself, and don’t hesitate to seek professional help if needed. After all, there’s no place like home!

To end with, it all boils down to one question: Ready to make a successful return to the UK?

Deluxe Law Chambers solely specialises in UK visas & immigration and therefore we provide high-quality UK visa and immigration services to our clients. The quality service provided by our UK immigration lawyers is self-evident from our 5-star Google Reviews.

If you require Immigration Advice Services or help with an immigration problem, please contact +441614644140 or email us at for fast, professional, and affordable immigration advice from our highly experienced UK immigration lawyers. You can book an appointment online for a detailed immigration consultation.

What if my Absences are for less than 2 years after ILR?

A person who has been absent from the UK for less than 2 years will retain their indefinite leave and does not need to apply for entry clearance before resuming their residence in the UK. Border force officers will assess whether a person can be admitted for entry under the requirements of paragraph 18.

What if my absences are for more than 2 years after ILR?

A person who has been absent from the UK for more than 2 consecutive years, will automatically lose their indefinite leave as a matter of law.

A person who has been absent for more than 2 years must apply for entry clearance as a returning resident and will be assessed by Entry Clearance officers under paragraph 19 (with reference to paragraph 18) of the rules.

Eligibility requirements for returning resident visa application

You must consider the following factors when assessing whether a person can be readmitted to the UK as a returning resident under paragraph 19:

  • their strength of ties to the UK including:
    o the nature of those ties
    o the extent to which those ties have been maintained during the applicant’s
  • the length of their original residence in the UK
  • the length of time the applicant has been outside the UK
  • the circumstances in which they left the UK and their reasons for remaining
  • their reasons for now wishing to return
  • whether, if they were to be readmitted, they would continue to live in the UK
  • any other compelling or compassionate factors

Documents you’ll need

You’ll need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • previous passports
  • passport-sized colour photograph
  • documents that prove you have ties to the UK, for example proof you’ve earned income, or rented or owned property, in the UK

Strength of ties to the UK

A person’s ties to the UK may be evident in a number of different ways. The nature of those ties, and the degree those ties have been maintained during a person’s absence, will need to be considered when assessing whether a person should be readmitted as a returning resident. Such ties may include (but are not limited to):

  • family ties
  • property ties
  • business ties

Family members (‘dependants’)

Your dependants (partner and children) need to apply separately for a Returning Resident visa if they’re eligible.

Home office Fees to apply for returning resident visa

It costs £531 to apply for returning resident visa.

Processing time of returning resident visa

Check the guide processing times to find out how long it might take to get a visa in your country.

Why choose deluxe law chambers for your returning resident visa?

Choosing the right and best immigration lawyer for your immigration needs can be stressful. While it could seem like a difficult choice, let us simplify things for you. Here are a few good reasons why you should choose Deluxe Law Chambers to assist you with your UK visas and immigration matters.

Our commitment to affordability means that you can receive expert advice without straining your finances. Our success hinges on transparency. We believe in keeping you informed about every step of the process, ensuring that you understand your options and the potential outcomes.

  • REGULATED – We are regulated and approved immigration lawyers by The Office Of The Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC).
  • EXPERIENCE – Our firm rests on specialist immigration lawyers and solicitors with years of experience. Our well-earned experience distinguishes us from others.
  • EXPERTISE – As your immigration lawyer, we offer unparalleled expertise. We don’t just understand and interpret the law, we keep an eye on the slightest changes.
  • AUTHORITY – Our authority isn’t just about legal powers but is gained through genuine care and successful outcomes for our clientele. So, why choose just a lawyer when you can choose a trusted authority?
  • TRUST – Our commitment to uphold your trust is unwavering. Our transparency and ethical conduct are treatments for the trust placed in us by our clients.
  • DIRECT ACCESS – At Deluxe Law Chambers as your immigration lawyers, you will have direct access to your qualified lawyer 24/7.
  • REMOTE SERVICES – We are able to provide a fully digital service, and you may never have to visit our offices for 9/10 immigration cases.
  • AFFORDABLE – We are a law firm with an affordable and fixed fee plan. We offer two installments to ensure you can pay easily.

A combination of our rich experience, deep-rooted expertise, trust authority, and unwavering commitment to our clients makes us your best choice.

So, why wait? Take your first step towards a successful immigration application with us.

Frequently asked questions

What is a returning resident visa?

A returning resident visa allows a permanent resident to travel back to the UK after losing an indefinite leave to remain.

How do I apply for a returning resident visa in the UK?

You must apply online for a Returning Resident visa. Once you’ve started your application, you can save your form and complete it later. You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a visa application centre.

Who can apply for return resident visa?

If you were previously settled (given ‘indefinite leave to enter or remain’) and you have been away for more than 2 years, you can apply for a returning resident visa to come back to the UK.

What if you are ineligible for a Returning Resident Visa?

If you do not meet the requirements to re-enter the UK on the basis of a Returning Resident visa, there may be alternative options to consider.