3.—(1) This regulation applies for the purpose of calculating periods of continuous residence in the United Kingdom under these Regulations.
(2) Continuity of residence is not affected by—
(a) periods of absence from the United Kingdom which do not exceed six months in total in any year;
(b) periods of absence from the United Kingdom on compulsory military service; or
(c) one absence from the United Kingdom not exceeding twelve months for an important reason such as pregnancy and childbirth, serious illness, study or vocational training or an overseas posting.
(3) Continuity of residence is broken when—
(a) a person serves a sentence of imprisonment;
(b) a deportation or exclusion order is made in relation to a person; or
(c) a person is removed from the United Kingdom under these Regulations.
(4) Paragraph (3)(a) applies, in principle, to an EEA national who has resided in the United Kingdom for at least ten years, but it does not apply where the Secretary of State considers that—
(a) prior to serving a sentence of imprisonment, the EEA national had forged integrating links with the United Kingdom;
(b) the effect of the sentence of imprisonment was not such as to break those integrating links; and
(c) taking into account an overall assessment of the EEA national’s situation, it would not be appropriate to apply paragraph (3)(a) to the assessment of that EEA national’s continuity of residence.
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