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Right to Reside - Types of right to reside

Your right to reside is your legal right to live in the UK. There are lots of different rights to reside and you may have more than one.

Types of right to reside

Here is a list of the rights to reside.  Click on the one that applies to you to read more about it.

  • Permanent right of residence - You might have a permanent right of residence if you have been in the UK for at least 5 years, or you are retired or you are too injured or disabled to work.
  • Worker - You might have a right to reside as a worker if you have a job now.   
  • Retained Worker - You might have a right to reside as a retained worker if you had a job before now, or your job is less hours or pay now.
  • Self-employed - You might have a right to reside as a self-employed person if you work for yourself.
  • Retained self-employed - You might have a right to reside as a retained self-employed person if you worked for yourself before now, or your work is less hours or pay now.
  • Initial Right of Residence - You might have an initial right of residence if you have been in the UK for less than 3 months and you have not been working in the UK.
  • Jobseeker - You might have a right to reside as a jobseeker if you have in the UK for more than 3 months and you have not been working in the UK.
  • Self-Sufficient Student - You might be a self-sufficient student if you are studying in the UK and you don’t need any benefits.
  • Self-Sufficient Person - You might be a self-sufficient person if you don’t need any benefits.
  • Derived Right to Reside - You might have a derived right to reside if you look after a child who goes to school in the UK or you care for someone who doesn’t need any benefits for themselves.

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