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The council I was.working for lost their sponsor license. I was unemployed from November 2012 to December 2013. I am on a tier 2 general. I made an application for indefinite leave to remain in January 2013. Home office declined saying I made late application in 2004 march so didn't qualify as long stay. They said I should continue on the tier 2 visa. I informed the home office in September 2013 that unemployed. Got a new sponsor on December 5 2013. Want to apply again but not sure whether to apply under long stay or better under 5 year work as I have held the their 2 since June 2009