There is text message being circulated that because of Brexit and the Windrush scandal the Home Office is granting leave to remain from January 2019, to those who are in the UK illegally for ten years or more.
If you have been in the UK for ten years lawfully and continuously, subject to meeting other requirements, you can apply for indefinite leave to remain. But there is no rule to grant leave to remain based on 10 years unlawful stay in the UK.
The text message also specifies a form and says that the Home Office is issuing such visas in secret. Once the application has been submitted to the Home Office, the applicant receives a letter to give their biometrics.
However, it is not surprising that the application is subsequently refused because there is no rule, case law or policy to grant leave to remain to those who have just been in the UK for ten years unlawfully.
At present, there is no such amnesty, and the text is merely an unfounded rumour.
If you are an overstayer, illegal entrant, or a failed asylum seeker, contact WH Solicitors to have your case assessed.
We can tell you if there are any possibilities for you to sort out your immigration status based on your unique situation.