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1. Dear Ali, I am your Expert and I will answer your question.
2. The maximum period you can be out of work for an ILR application is 60 days as otherwise, your Tier 2 visa will officially lapse and you won´t be validly in the UK, which means any period of continuous residence for ILR will have to start again. So, you should really arrange for another employer to sponsor you for a fresh Tier 2 visa before you end your current employment and Tier 2 visa. This is because you have to leave the Uk within 56 days after the end of the Tier 2 visa you are currently on. Be aware additionally, if you don´t get a Tier 2 visa, another type of visa, such as a spouse visa will permit you to live in the UK but the five year period of continuous residence for ILR will begin again because you have changed visa categories. So be aware of this limitation as well.
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4. I see you have given the answer a negative rating. The bot***** *****ne is that you need to work until 5th June 2018 if you wish to take up employment with your new employer on 1st August. This is within the 56 day period. I hope this clarifies the issue and makes it clearer for you.
5. Your previous employment gaps make no difference as you were still in the UK on a valid visa. Essentially, so long as you don´t exceed 56 days between any employment, your Tier 2 visa doesn´t lapse so the period still counts towards the necessary five years continuous residence necessary for Indefinite Leave to Remain. The important point is that you are still lawfully in the UK on a visa which has not lapsed. It is not actually the time spent in employment which counts towards the five years continuous residence but the time spent on a Tier 2 visa. Your Tier 2 visa is still valid for 56 days after you cease employment.