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    I am a UK national who is currently living in a South Asian country. I have lived my first 8 years in the UK along with the next 7 outside, I am 17 years old. All of my family is shifting back to the UK due to financial concerns, in which i shall take a gap year. At that moment, I'll have lived 9 years in the UK, which is half my entire life. So after living through this period of time, will i be eligible for Home Status? I have my british passport, and will be a resident again for at least a year at the time i apply.
    And if i am eligible for this, would i also be eligible for Student Loans?
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    (Original post by Lejutt)
    I am a UK national who is currently living in a South Asian country. I have lived my first 8 years in the UK along with the next 7 outside, I am 17 years old. All of my family is shifting back to the UK due to financial concerns, in which i shall take a gap year. At that moment, I'll have lived 9 years in the UK, which is half my entire life. So after living through this period of time, will i be eligible for Home Status? I have my british passport, and will be a resident again for at least a year at the time i apply.
    And if i am eligible for this, would i also be eligible for Student Loans?
    Hi Lejutt,

    To qualify for support as a home student from Student Finance England, UK Nationals must meet the following standard residency requirements:

    - Must be ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course

    - and be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course

    As you have been outside the EU/EEA, depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for support if you can show us that it was a temporary break. You would be required to provide evidence of your temporary break regardless of the length of time you were temporarily absent for.

    What could be classed as a temporary break?

    Gap Year
    Holiday
    Voluntary Work overseas
    Working for HM Armed Forces
    Parents working abroad on a temporary contact of employment

    What would not be classed as a temporary break?

    People who emigrate to another country outside of EEA/Switzerland People who are unable to satisfy SFE that their break was of a temporary nature
    People who have exercised their right to roam elsewhere in the EU/EEA and will be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of their course

    If break in residency was due to student/parents active service in the armed forces they are still considered to be resident in the UK

    Acceptable Evidence

    A letter from HEI confirming gap year
    A letter from the employer on headed paper confirming temporary employment including dates
    A contract from the employer that clearly shows the employment is of a temporary nature
    A letter from HM armed services if applicable
    Temporary visas or work permits

    Dependent on your situation, you may not have any of the evidence above. In these circumstances you would be advised to send any evidence of the break (e.g. copies of ticket receipts, accommodation lease, etc.) with a covering letter. This evidence will be deemed acceptable on a 'case-by-case' basis.

    Regards,

    Stuart
 
 
 

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