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Discretionary leave to stay in Great Britain shall be provided to those able to establish that their circumstances are compassionate or that they can depart outside the norms of immigration. The Secretary of State can only authorize this. An individual may petition for discretionary permission for residence via Article 8 of the ECHR, arguing that his deportation from the United Kingdom would violate the obligations. The application may only be made in the UK and not elsewhere. The request is meant to address instances of compassion and exception and should be used sparingly. Before you apply, it is advisable for you to get guidance; our specialists have extensive expertise in getting several individuals to stay in this category. A person may leave the United Kingdom at any moment on an optional leave since there are no travel limits. The application form FLR (O) is necessary for a first request for a discretionary leave.

In all situations, the leave duration given may not be the same and will vary according to your particular circumstances. In general, however, 30 months after 9 July 2012 are granted discretionary leave, culminating to the indefinite leave to stay for 10 years. A discretionary leave was given for three years before 9 July 2012 and in six years thereafter led to indefinite residency. When a person is originally given DL, this does not always indicate that a person has the right to leave or settle again. The applicant might be allowed further leave if the conditions under the present policy continue to be met.

The following are the conditions behind the granting of discretionary leave:

  1. The immigration laws do not include any provisions, but there are circumstances in your instance that persuade the home office to allow you to stay in the United Kingdom. It should be emphasised that this should be done if you qualify for asylum and humanitarian protection or can apply in another category.
  2. Unless justified by the seriousness of circumstances, Article 8 Family or private life grounds for the purpose of Article 8 of the rules of immigration will not typically be cited in the Discretionary Leave provisions of 9 July 2012. The following are divided:
  3. For at least 20 years you have been living continuously in the UK.
  4. Your kid is under 18 and has been living in Great Britain for at least seven years and it would not be fair to expect the application to leave Great Britain
  5. You are 18 years old or older, but under 25 and have been living continually in the UK for at least half of your life.
  6. You are 18 years of age or more, have been living in UK for less than 20 years (reduce any jail time) yet there are extremely important impediments to your country integration if you are to leave the UK.

The situation of all children residing in the UK is typically the main reason for exercising their discretion, as the Home Office must take account of the best interests of the children and it is a compelling obligation to take account of the welfare of children. Children who do not come to the UK are allowed to remain discretionary until they are 17 (if the Home Office accepts their age). Before expiry of discretionary leave, an extension may be requested. If your parents have a discretionary leave, a kid may be awarded discretionary leave as a minor. The same period of time is generally provided as the parent.

Discretionary leave to stay may be given if a person requires a medical care not accessible in his place of origin. Recovery, improvement, or stabilization of the medical condition of the applicant in the United Kingdom as consequence of treatment or of serious or deadly recurrence in the event of not being allowed to remain in the United Kingdom, shall be deemed inhumane therapy in violation of Article 3. However, it still has to be shown that your own nation does not have the therapy accessible. An applicant must prove extraordinary circumstances that prohibit their return and that it has compelling humanitarian concerns in order to achieve the high bar of Article 3. Documentary proof of this must always be presented for testing. It applies to asylum cases as well as to instances of non-asylum.


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