12. Including the time you have already spent here, how long do you intend to stay in the United Kingdom?

Why we ask this question

Your answers help your local authority work out the number of people living in your area on a short-term or long-term basis. They can use this information to make sure they provide the right services for your community.

The length of time that a person plans to spend living in the UK may affect how they live within their community. This includes how members of a community interact with each other. Your local authority can use this information to assess the needs of migrants living in your area. People's needs for things like services, jobs or training may change depending on how long they live in the country.

The census first asked this question in 2011.

Select the option that reflects the length of time you think you will stay in the UK, including the time you’ve already spent here.

If you plan to stay here permanently, choose the option "12 months or more".

Leaving or left the UK for a holiday or visit abroad

Select the option for the total length of time you plan to stay in the UK. You should include holidays or visits away from the UK in the total time you intend to spend here.


Gina arrived in the UK 10 months ago. She:

  • was in the UK for six months, then
  • was on holiday abroad for two months, then
  • was back in the UK for another two months, and
  • plans to stop living in the UK in four months

Gina selects the box option that says: "12 months or more".
This is because her total intended length of stay (including a short visit away) in the UK is 14 months.

Your visa is expiring or has expired but you want to stay longer

Select the option based on how long you plan to stay, regardless of when your visa expires or expired. We will not share your identity with any government department.

Don’t know how long you will be in the UK

If you’re not sure how long you’re going to stay, please estimate the time as best you can, but make sure you include time you've already spent here.

What is the United Kingdom (UK)?

The full title of this country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The UK is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are not part of the UK.