Private Life Visa

If you have been in the UK for a number of years and have established a life in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Private Life Visa. You will be required to prove your strong ties and why you should be allowed to continue to stay and highlight any human rights grounds that are applicable to your situation.

The private life route is for individuals who are already in the UK and wish to remain in the UK because they have established a private life. You may be eligible for private life under a number of conditions, which are listed below:

  • You are under 18, and you’ve lived in the UK continuously for at least 7 years, and it would be unreasonable to expect you to leave the UK.
  • You are between 18 and 24, and you’ve lived continuously in the UK for more than half your life. 
  • You are 18 or over, have spent less than 20 years in the UK and would have very significant problems living in the country you’d have to go to.
  • You have been in the UK continuously for 20 years.
  • You were born in the UK, and one of your parents already has or is applying for the private life route.

It is important to note that the conditions listed above are general, and each application is considered within its own circumstances. Even though you do not meet the conditions above, the facts of your case may change the outcome of your application.

The initial visa is valid for 30 months, and you’re allowed to extend it for an additional 30 months as many times as you wish. Depending on your circumstances, you are also permitted to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain within 5 or 10 years. 

What is Continuous Residence?

Continuous Residence is a term that refers to the unbroken time spent in the UK for the purposes of immigration rules. Every route will have its own set of rules regarding the Continuous Residence.

Because the basis of your application is your private life in the UK, continuous residence plays an important role and evidencing your stay is crucial to the success of the application.

Usually, there are no further requirements other than your residence for a valid and successful application.

  • Continuous residence includes any time spent in the UK with or without permission.
  • Continuous residence does not include time spent in prison
  • The period of continuity is broken if:
    • you spend more than 6 months outside the UK at one time, or if you spend 550 days or more outside the UK in total
    • you have been removed or deported, or you left the UK, and your permission to stay or enter was refused


How Does UKVI Consider the Private Visa Applications?

This route is handled by the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) on a case-by-case basis, and it is always a good idea to consult the specifics of your case with an authorised immigration expert to learn about the supporting evidence that you can present to support your Private Life argument.

Let’s look at the highlights

Knowledge of English

There are no English Language requirements for this application.

Visa Duration

If approved, the visa is valid for 30 months.

Extension and ILR Rights

You may extend your visa for a further 30 months as many times as you wish. Depending on your age and the conditions you have been granted your Private Life Visa, you may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 or 10 years.

Waiting times and Costs

On average, the waiting time for a private life visa is 12 months. The costs include an application fee and an Immigration Health Surcharge fee. For up-to-date cost breakdowns, please contact us.


Your dependent spouse and children may apply with you at the same time.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. You can only make Private Life visa applications from within the UK.

Yes, your application may be affected by some additional factors. For example, if you have previously made an asylum claim which the Home Office considers invalid, your application may be affected. Moreover, your family life will also be considered along with your private life during the decision process.  

There are certain circumstances that might make you ineligible for the Private Life route. Some examples are if you have a deportation order in place or if you are considered to be a threat to the public interest, your application may be refused. Furthermore, if you fail to provide the necessary information, or if you present false information and/or documents to the Home Office, your application may also be refused.

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