Five years ago I immigrated to the UK on the basis of ancestry. I am now applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Since my visa status changed partway through this period, I am worried that my residence may not be considered "continuous". Has anyone applied under similar circumstances?
Alternatively, can anyone recommend the best forum on which to ask such a question?
My ex-wife and I originally moved here together. Although we both had UK ancestry, we applied jointly with her as the primary. I was given an "Ancestry (Spousal)" visa.
When we split up two years later, I needed a new visa, and got one in my own right. This can't be done from within the UK, so I returned to Canada for 20 days. I kept my full-time job in the UK, stayed in my flat, etc.
According to the Home Office guidance here
, leave is to be granted if the applicant has "spent a continuous period of five years in the UK on the basis of UK ancestry". I think I satisfy this, but worry that an immigration officer may interpret the 5-year requirement as applying to a single visa. After all, had my ex and I stayed together, I would not now apply in my own right - she would apply with me as a dependant.
Has anyone else applied for Indefinite Leave to Remain with a residence period that spanned more than one visa? What happened?
Since I realize that this is a very specific question, and there are a million boards devoted to this sort of thing, which ones have been most useful to other people in annoying immigration rules pickles?