Prior to the 2nd of April 2007, it was impossible for an individual to be offered limited leave to remain in the UK on the basis of long residence. Paragraphs 276A1 and 276A2 authorizing applicants of long residence to be granted extension of limited leave to remain was included in the Immigration Rule on 2nd of April 2007. However for the applicants to be considered, they have to meet all the requirements for indefinite leave on the basis of long residence excluding the knowledge of language and life in the UK condition.
If an individual fails to succeed on the Life in the UK test so as to apply for the Indefinite Leave of Remain (ILR) on the basis of 10 years Long residence, but meets all other requirement to be entitled for ILR; the individual can apply for extension of stay on the 10 years long residence basis. This extension however will be authorized to last for a period of 2 years.