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No, the absence is only relevant to the period on tier 2 if you are applying for ILR on form SET(O). HO do know the rules.
https://www.timeanddate.com/date/datead ... ad=28&rec=I was granted my first Tier 2 visa on the 25th of Oct 2014 (switching from Tier 4), and i am soon planning to apply for my ILR via the premium one day service.
From what I understand from various posts and in the HO policy documents, i can apply 28 days before the completion of my 5 years qualifying period. So having said that, can I apply on the 28th of September this year ?
You must apply online when you meet the requirement. The date of application is the date you submit and pay online and NOT the date of your appointment with third party agent, UKCVAS, for biometrics.And if that is the case, can I submit my online before that date, but book my appointment on the 28th (or after) ? or does the HO mean that the online application submission has to be on the 28th of Sept (or after) and absolutely not before that date and the appointment date is irrelevant in all this.