Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:08 AM
Permanent residence in the UK may be granted to those who complete a five year residence period. This is not universal; only certain categories of leave can be used or aggregated to claim permanent residence after five years. Generally, those categories are work-based (ignoring a family settlement application that is also after five years). If you are a student or were a student, that category of leave can't be included in a five year residence period that leads to ILR. There is a general 10 year residence period leading to ILR that allows any and all legitimate categories of leave to be aggregated.
You just have to define what situation applies to you.