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Important Information for Refugees granted leave to remain for 5 years in 2005

From 30 August 2010, those granted refugee leave or humanitarian protection in 2005 for 5 years will start to come to the end of their 5 years leave.

They will need as a matter of urgency to renew their application for indefinite leave to remain.

Someone who does not do so before his/her 5 years leave expires may suffer several problems - including losing any entitlement to work or receive benefits, or that any application for indefinite leave to remain is dealt with more restrictively, could also lead to their status being revoked and removal from the UK.

The UK Border Agency has published information about making applications for indefinite leave to remain for these people. See:
Refugees and those with humanitarian protection - route to settlement
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/asylum/outcomes/successfulapplications/leavetoremain/

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For information on how to apply for indefinite leave to remain before your leave expires, you should go to:
Completing application form SET (Protection Route)
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/settlement/applicationtypes/completing_set_protection_route/

Last updated 8 November, 2011