– If you are in the UK without documentation and would like free and confidential legal advice, please phone 020 7553 7470 between 10am and 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays.
If you want to regularise your status, you need to have been in the UK continuously for 20 years and there are also suitability requirements. Make sure you get good legal advice before deciding to do this!
– If you have overstayed on your visa and you aren’t in detention but want to leave the UK here are some options:
1. If you buy your own ticket back, you have a 1 year ban on applying to come to the UK again.
2. If you go by voluntary return within 6 months of visa expiring, your ticket is paid for but you have a 2 year ban on applying for a visa
3. If you go by voluntary return after 6 months of visa expiring, your ticket is paid for but you have a 5 year ban on applying for a visa.
4. If you are put in detention there is a 10 year ban on applying for a visa.Sometimes there might be the option to claim asylum whilst in detention. This needs to be carefully thought through as you are supposed to claim as soon as you arrive in the UK but there might be exceptions such as if the situation in the country suddenly changes whilst you are here. Also if you are a victim of trafficking or domestic violence there may be legal options.
After the ban has finished you can apply for another visa but there is no guarantee you will get a visa! It is really hard and if you have already overstayed this will count against you.
National Trafficking Support Service 0300 303 8151 Note: The UKBA (immigration) and Police are part of this organisation. Website lists groups you can go through if you don’t want to deal with them alone.