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Thank-you for your question. From the information that you have provided it seems unlikely that you will qualify under the 10 years rule. This rule provides for indefinite leave to remain for persons who have spent 10 continuous years in the UK lawfully. Since you have had a period of overstaying it seems that you will not satisfy the requirements of this rule. You may however be able to apply under the 14 year rule. This rule provides for indefinite leave to remain for persons who have spent 14 continuous years in the UK lawfully or unlawfully. However, certain events (such as the service of a form IS151A or IS151B) "stop the clock" for the purposes of accruing 14 years and even if you can show 14 years continuous residence the Home Office will only grant indefinite leave to remain if there are no reasons of public interest why they should not do so. Without seeing all of the papers in your case it is not really possible to provide any more detailed advice than this. However, I suggest that you have a look through this guidance note written by the Home Office for its own caseworkers - it should provide you with a good indication as to whether or not you will qualify:
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You don't have to wait for your current leave to remain to expire. You can apply as soon as you meet the requirements of the 14 year rule.
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