When applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) no more than 180 whole days absence are allowed in any of the five, four, three or two consecutive 12 month periods, depending on the category, preceding the date of the application for indefinite leave to remain (ILR). This is a vast improvement to previously when you were only allowed 180 days over the whole 5 year period.

The specified continuous period is counted backwards from the date of the ILR application (whether it is on the day that you apply on a same day or post the settlement application). For example, if the date of application is 11 November 2012, the consecutive periods would be as follows:

Year 1

11 November 2012 

 to 12 November 2011

Year 2

11 November 2011

 to 12 November 2010

Year 3


11 November 2010

 to 12 November 2009

Year 4

11 November 2009

 to 12 November 2008

Year 5

11 November 2008

 to 12 November 2007

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