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I've an Irish passport and I'd like to get UK

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I've an Irish passport and I'd like to get UK permanent residence. I've been resident in the UK for 13 years. I was working for 12 of those years and I took a break from work last year. I did not take out private medical insurance when I quit as I didn't know about this rule for self-sufficiency. Will I be okay applying for permanent residence since I can prove over five years of continuous employment - just not in the past year.


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Thanks for your question. I will try to help.

The comprehensive sickness insurance issue complicates the situation a bit and for this reason I would strongly suggest that you in instruct a solicitor to prepare your PR application.

Basically, an EEA national is regarded as having PR after exercising your treaty rights in the UK for 5 years. So you should really be regarded as already having PR by the time that you stopped working last year and did not obtain sickness insurance.

However, this is a point that you will have to make to the home office in the application and demonstrate the prior 5 years. The home office caseworkers really aren’t the best at resolving and understanding issues like this which is why the point needs to be made by a solicitor in your application by drafting the necessary statements that you will execute.

Provided the point is made very clearly by a solicitor you should still be okay .

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