Dear Home Office,
I have been reading the guidance notes with respect to the long residence, and this in the guidance notes, and I quote " departed the UK before 24 November 2016, but after the expiry of their leave to remain, and applied for fresh entry clearance within 28 days of that previous
leave expiring, and returned to the UK within 6 months"
From this it is clear that the 28 days limit applies if the person leaves the UK after his/her entry clearance has expired and before 24th Nov 2016. Also the new rules say that if the applicant leaves after 24 Nov 2016, then he/she should re apply within 14 days.
My question is, what would happen to a person who leaves the UK before his entry clearance expires and returns back to the UK with new entry clearance. But he/she applied for the new entry clearance beyond 28 days. There is no mention of 28 days anywhere in the guidance note for a person who does not overstay and gets entry clearance. Is there any such rule or its just that I am overthinking too much ?
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