This is music to my ear! Welcome to disagree with me as I am on the same boat as dimension 7 and I don's want my 5 years considered to be broken. I based on my conclusion on this paragraph in the new guidance.
"Absences must be connected to the applicant’s sponsored or permitted employment, or the
permitted economic activity being carried out in the UK, for example, business trips or short
secondments. This also includes, if appropriate, any paid annual leave. Evidence in the
form of a letter from the employer setting out the reasons for the absences, including annual
leave, must be provided. Tier 1 (General) applicants who are self-employed or in business
must provide a letter of explanation of their business-related absences."
suds19 wrote:I have to politely disagree with @ldbright here. If @dimension7 had a paid annual leave, then the continuity is not broken.
@dimension7 - Employer's letter doesn't have to say what you did during your leaves. Ask them to give them a letter showing duration and category of leaves (Annual, Unpaid, Sick, Maternity, Paternity, etc.) for the entire period of your employment with them. Again not all leaves would have resulted in absence from UK, that is fine. Basically for each absence from UK in your ILR form, there should be a corresponding matching entry in letter from employer. For Business travel, there can be a separate letter as it is not a leave in the eyes of your employer.
Only the category of Unpaid leave from above breaks continuity as per new rule.
@syedaliuk - Did you mean 95% of us have either employment gap absence or unpaid leave absence in 5 years?