Joyah: Indefinite Leave to Remain

Joyah was a Malaysian doctor in the UK on a Tier 2 Visa. She had been applying for successive visas every one or two years and was intending to regularise her stay once she was eligible. After ensuring she met the requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain, her lawyer assisted Joyah in applying and she is now settled in the UK.

1: The situation

Joyah is a Malaysian National who had been living in the UK for 10 years. She came to the UK to study Medicine and was offered a job with the NHS just before she graduated. Joyah’s job contract was renewed every 1 or 2 years, with the required salary threshold increasing every year.

Joyah used our online Visa Wizard to determine that she may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain, something she had never previously considered.

2: How IAS helped

After submitting her details, Joyah was booked in to speak to one of our lawyers.

During the session, it was clear to our lawyer that Joyah had moved seamlessly from her Student Visa to her succession of Working Visas.

The lawyer confirmed that Joyah had spent 5 continuous years in the UK on a work visa and could apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain on that basis.

During the process, Joyah realised that she had not kept her Tenancy Agreements whilst she was studying and was worried that she could not account for her residency at that time. She had lived at many addresses and would not have the time to obtain the old statements.

3: The outcome

Her lawyers assured her that, since her qualifying residence period was after her studies she would not have to submit this information. Joyah opted for the Premium Service and her Indefinite Leave to Remain was granted on the same day. This has given her the freedom to work without worrying anymore.

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