The provision to grant indefinite leave to remain (ILR) on the basis of long-term residence was introduced into the immigration rules in April 2003. Prior to this, a person could be granted ILR on a discretionary basis under the Long Residence concession.
Statistics on persons granted ILR under the Long Residency concession/immigration rules, in each of the years 2003 to 2007, are provided in the following table.
|Grants of indefinite leave to remain under the Long Residency concession/immigration rules, excluding EEA nationals and Switzerland( 1) , 2003 to 2007, United Kingdom|
|Number of persons|
|Category of grant||2003||2004( 2)||2005||2006||2007( 3, 4)|
|Long Residency(5, 6, 7)||9,215||3,005||2,925||4,020||3,155|
|(1) Data from 2003 exclude dependants of EEA and Swiss nationals in confirmed relationships granted permanent residence. |
(2) Includes nationals of the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia before 1 May 2004, but excludes them from this date.
(3) Excludes nationals from Bulgaria and Romania from 1 January 2007.
(5) 10/14 years continuous residence.
(6) Includes persons granted settlement following application under the regularisation scheme for overstayers.
(7) Excludes dependants granted settlement in-line.
Data rounded to the nearest five.