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From the limited information you have provided above, under the existing rules, you will not be able to apply for ILR until such time as the conviction is deemed spent. This would mean that you would have to wait for a period of 5 years until the conviction would be deemed spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
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It is a conviction and should be treated as such. Thus, the conviction would not be deemed spent unless it has been 5 years.
Whilst it is technically a criminal offence it does not get recorded as such on the Police National Computer and does not constitute a criminal record - UNLESS they also constitute a disqualification or a prison sentence but even that is a bit of a grey area.
I would suggest you obtain a copy of your CRB and then make a decision.
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