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1. Dear Kin, I regret to say that since 2012, years spent on a work visa cannot be added to years spent on a spousal visa in order to obtain the necessary five years continuous residence to get Indefinite Leave to Remain. Accordingly, it would be preferable in your husband's situation that he continue operating on his work permit until he has obtained the necessary five years continuous residence to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain. Once he has Indefinite Leave to Remain, then he can live forever in the UK if he wishes. However, if he changes visas before he has five years continuous residence, he will have to start again in computing the necessary five years, I regret to say.
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