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Outside the UK for more than 180 days for Maternity Leave

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Outside the UK for more than 180 days for Maternity Leave

Post by deecr27 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:52 am

Hi!

I am on Tier 2 General visa since April 2014, and my current visa (still Tier 2) is valid until April 2020.

Now, I left the UK on October 2017 for my maternity leave and give birth to my home country. I had a difficult pregnancy and wanted to give birth surrounded by my family. I gave birth December 2017. I had to travel earlier considering airline guidance on pregnant women. I intend to go back not until June 2017... that makes me “living outside the UK” for 8-9 months. Now I intend to apply for ILR next year or before my current visa expires. Is paid maternity leave a valid absence? Will I be rejected in my ILR application?

Thank you!

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Re: Outside the UK for more than 180 days for Maternity Leave

Post by deecr27 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 6:54 am

give birth *at my home country

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Re: Outside the UK for more than 180 days for Maternity Leave

Post by vinny » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:42 am

Indefinite leave to remain: calculating continuous period in UK wrote:Exceptional cases

This section tells you about the exceptional circumstances when you can grant the applicant indefinite leave to remain (ILR) outside the rules when their continuous leave is broken.

Absences of more than 180 days in a 12-month period before the date of application (in all categories) will mean the continuous period has been broken. However, you may consider the grant of indefinite leave to remain (ILR) outside the rules if the applicant provides evidence to show the excessive absence was due to serious or compelling reasons.

The applicant must provide evidence in the form of a letter which sets out full details of the compelling reason for the absence and supporting documents.

Serious or compelling reasons will vary but can include:
• serious illness of the applicant or a close relative
• a conflict
• a natural disaster, for example, volcanic eruption or tsunami

Absences of more than 180 days in any 12-month period for employment or economic activity reasons are not considered exceptional.

You may also consider granting outside the rules if an applicant provides a letter setting out reasons why they believe changes to how the 180 days are counted will cause them exceptionally harsh consequences. From 11 January 2018, the rules refer to absences in any 12-month period, whereas previously they referred to absences in separate consecutive 12 month periods.

Decisions will vary depending on individual circumstances, but relevant factors may include:
• when the periods of leave making up the continuous period were granted in relation to the rules change of 11 January 2018
• the level and pattern of the applicant’s absences from the UK during each of those periods of leave
• whether the consequences of a refusal would be exceptionally harsh, for example whether it would not be possible for them to qualify for settlement at a later date because they would be unable to apply for further extensions

You can only apply discretion when it has been authorised at senior executive officer level.

Time spent overseas due to pregnancy, or maternity, paternity or adoption-related leave is treated the same way as any other absence, that is, within the 180 days in any 12 months.
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Re: Outside the UK for more than 180 days for Maternity Leave

Post by santosh_kalluri » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:39 pm

Hi Have you applied for ILR ? Did they consider the long absence for pregnancy ?? Pls advise.

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Re: Outside the UK for more than 180 days for Maternity Leave

Post by traveljunkie123 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:12 am

Hello! Have you applied for ILR? I am in a similar situation. I was outside the UK for almost 10 months to give birth and look after my baby (06/18 to 03/19). This is my first leave and it was granted 03/17.

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