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1. Dear Pallavi, the first thing you need to realise is that you cannot spend more than 180 days outside the UK in any one year period. Otherwise your visa will lapse as you will not be considered to be resident in the uk. In essence, your visa application would then be fresh visa application and not a renewal. Secondly, you cannot spend more than 90 days outside the UK in any one year in order to qualify for a renewal of the visa. if you spend more than 90 days outside the UK in any one year, then it is unlikely that your visa will be renewed.
2. Time spent travelling in Europe is time outside the UK. However, work absences for an employer are not counted towards the 90 day limit. However, if you are self employed, work absences count as time spent outsid e the UK.
3. The earliest you can apply for a renewal of your visa is the 3rd March as you can apply 28 days before the expiry of your visa.
4. Yes, you will need a letter from your employer specifying these absences from the UK were work related. Be aware additionally, that there is substantial discretion vested in the Home Office, so these numbers are guides which are not absolutely strict.
5. Be aware that the final hoop you have to jump through is to get Indefinite Leave to Remain for which you cannot have been outside the UK for more than 450 days in the five years continuous residence.
6. Essentially more than 90 days travel outside the UK, and you are looking at not a renewal but a fresh visa application. You definitely get your visa renewed if you travel less than 90 days but there is only a discretion if you travel more than 90 days u p to 180 days. Be aware that I don't provide a Live Phone Service, nor do I meet in person. Please confine yourself to this text.
7. You can be up to 450 days outside the UK in your 33 months. But then you lose any right to Indefinite Leave to Remain as you will exceed the threshold for days outside.
8. You should only plan on 90 days as this keeps you within the 450 threshold for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years if you want to avoid visa renewal every 2.5 years.
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11. Yes, so long as you don't exceed 450 days in your first 33 months, you can travel outside the UK and still get your visa renewed. You then won't be able to travel for the subsequently 2.5 years unless it is work related and specified by your employer as this is exempt travel.
12. Work travel specified by your employer is also exempt travel during the first 2.5 years.
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