You will need Returning Resident visa application if you plan to return to live in the UK permanently and you were previously settled in the UK. You need a Returning Resident visa to come back to live in the UK if you were previously settled (given ‘indefinite leave to enter or remain’) and you’ve been away for more than 2 years. If you’ve been away for less than 2 years but you’ve lost your documentation, you can get a replacement BRP visa.
In order to qualify, you must:
- plan to return to live in the UK permanently
- have been settled in the UK before you last left
- not have been given public funds to help you leave the UK
If you’ve been away for more than 2 years, you must provide enough evidence to show:
- your strong ties to the UK
- your current circumstances and why you’ve lived outside the UK
You will not lose your indefinite leave to remain after 2 years outside the UK if your spouse or partner is a member of the UK armed forces and you’ve joined them on an overseas posting.
You also will not lose it if your spouse or partner is a British citizen or settled in the UK and one of the following:
- a permanent member of the Diplomatic Service
- a UK-based British Council employee who works outside the UK
- a Department for International Development (DFID) employee
- a Home Office employee
Your dependants (partner and children under 18) need to apply separately for a Returning Resident visa if they’re eligible.