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Is he married?
Does he have children?
No he is not married and does not have children
His overstay is grounds for refusal in all cases except those based on marriage/civil partnership or long term cohabiting relationship with a UK citizen or person with indefinite leave to remain. So there is no traditional application he could make that would be successful.
Even if he were married the UKBA would still require him to return to his home country in order to make an application for a visa.
There is a long residence rule which holds that a person who has been in the UK illegally for a period of 14 years may apply for indefinite leave to remain. If he ends up making this application then he would need documentary evidence to prove the length of his stay here.
He should not tell his work. If they are employing someone without leave to remain then they could face a £10, 000.00 fine. He would be dismissed immediately.
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Are there no long residency rules for after 10 years?
Also if he has been living with a UK citizen for most of the time he has been here how would that help, what would be the next steps?
No, if you have lived in the UK legally for ten years then you can apply for ILR. If illegally then it's 14 years.
Is he in a relationship with the person he is living with?
no he is not - just a housemate.
Also just one other thought, could I or my parents sponser him to be here? (we are UK citizens)
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