128. You can include time between your entry clearance being granted and you entering the
United Kingdom as part of your continuous period. Absences between the date entry
clearance is granted and the date you enter the United Kingdom are treated as an
absence from the United Kingdom and will form part of the 180 days allowed within a
continuous 12-month period.
For example, if you entered the United Kingdom 100 days after you obtained entry
clearance and have a further 81 days’ absence during the remainder of the continuous
12-month period, you will exceed the number of absences permitted from the United
Kingdom. You would therefore not qualify for settlement 5, 3 or 2 years (as appropriate)
after the date you obtained entry clearance. You would need to wait until a date where
you have spent the relevant period in the United Kingdom with absences of less than
180 days in any consecutive 12-month period, before you could qualify.