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, Please I will like to know if i qualify fot Indefinite

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Hello,
Please I will like to know if i qualify fot Indefinite leave to remain in the UK. I came into the UK in 2009 on a student visa. Afterwards, I had a post study visa. Before my post study visa expired, i got married and had to switch to a spouse visa. This was valid from March 2013 to sept 2015. I have not travelled for up to 180 days since I came into he UK.
I am due to extend my spouse visa before it runs out later in the year. I have 2 questions please;
1. Will I be able to apply for ILR instead since I have stayed in the UK for over 5 years?
2. If option 1 isnt possible, how soon can I apply to extend my spouse visa? Can I do that up to 3 months before it runs out? I plan to do same day service.
Thanks and I await your response.
Charity
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 2 years ago.
Hello,
No, you cannot qualify for ILR until you have been in the UK for 10 years under the lawful residence category
You may apply for an extension of your spouse visa using form FLR(M), you may do this 28 days before your current visa expires.
After you have been here for 5 years on your spouse visa, you may apply for ILR using form SET(M).
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hi, thanks for your response. Just to be clear. I have to wait till August to extend my spouse visa since it runs out September 9th. I cannot apply earlier like end of June or July?
Thanks
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 2 years ago.
That is correct.

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