Length of residence in the UK

Mnemonic (reference code): LRESPUK11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: The length of residence in the UK is derived from the date that a person last arrived to live in the UK. Short visits away from the UK are not counted in determining the date that a person last arrived.

Length of residence is only applicable to usual residents who were not born in the UK. It does not include usual residents born in the UK who have emigrated and since returned – these are recorded in the category ‘Born in the UK’.

Applicability: Person





Born in the UK


Resident in the UK: Less than 2 years


Resident in the UK: 2 years or more but less than 5 years


Resident in the UK:  5 years or more but less that 10 years


Resident in the UK: 10 years or more


No code required

Total number of categories: 6

Not applicable category (X) comprises: Schoolchildren and full-time students living away from home during term time.

Source variables LRESPUK11 is derived from:

YRARRPUK11 (Derived variable)

TERMIND (Standard variable)

YRARR_YEAR (Standard variable)

YRARR_MONTH (Standard variable)


To see which of our published standard, additional and commissioned tables use this variable please use the Table Index.