Apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
Indefinite Leave to Remain is the term for permanent residence or settlement in the UK. It can be achieved through various routes depending on which visa you have held over the last 5 or 10 years and in some cases 2 years. Once you have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) you can stay in the UK without any time restrictions.
Visa categories that can lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain include:
- Spouse visa / Unmarried partner visa / Same Sex / Civil Partner visa (after 2 years for visas issued prior to 9 July 2012)
- Child or Parent or Adult Dependent Relative Visa
- Tier 1 Investor or Innovator Visas and Tier 2 UK work permit visas (after 5 years)
- UK ancestry visa (after 5 years)
- EU nationals and dependents (after 5 years)
- Long residence (after 10 years of legal residency in the UK)
Your ILR – settled status – will become invalid if you are absent from the UK for more than 2 years. If your ILR becomes invalid, you may be able to apply for a Returning Resident Visa in order to return to the UK. Achieving indefinite leave to remain status is essential to qualifying for a British Citizenship through Naturalisation or Registration and ultimately obtaining a British Passport.
Your family members can also apply for ILR if they are your dependents under the Tier 1 or Tier 2 Categories and they will need to meet the requirements in their own right too.
And settlement can in some cases be acquired by migrants who do not hold legal immigration status, but this is necessarily a long process. Such a migrant who manages to acquire limited immigration leave will have to wait for ten more years before they can eventually apply for settlement.
Requirements to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain
Certain requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain are common to all routes, unless an exemption applies, such as:
- Pass the Life in the UK Test,
- Pass an English Test at minimum of B1 Level
Applying for indefinite leave to remain as a Spouse, Civil Partner or Unmarried Partner, you will need to have completed 5 years (60 months) in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or settled person. You will also need to satisfy the strict financial requirements under Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules.
If applying for indefinite leave to enter or remain as an Adult Dependent Relative or Child, you will need to demonstrate that you will be adequately maintained, accommodated and cared for without recourse to public funds. There is no English language requirement and it is not necessary to pass the Life in the UK test.
Each of the family related settlement categories also have their own additional eligibility criteria, which we will be able to guide you on fully.
Requirements to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain under the PBS Category
Work related and Investment related settlement routes include the Tier 1 Innovator, Tier 1 Investor Visa,and Tier 2 General Skilled Worker and the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business Visa and the UK Ancestry Visa.
To apply under these categories remain you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:
- You have spent a continuous period of 5 years lawfully in the UK in a permitted category;
- You have not been absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any rolling 12 calendar month periods preceding the date of application
Each of the work and investment related settlement categories also have their own additional eligibility criteria, which we will guide you on in detail.
You can also apply for ILR if you have had 10 years of lawful residence in the UK.
What we can do for you for a successful ILR Application
We can initially advise you about the strength of your ILR application. If there are likely to be any difficult issues we will advise you on these.
We can advise you about submitting the right documents so that you have the best possible application.
It is our job to complete your application forms and also submit the application. This also includes advice on the Biometrics appointment.
Our aim is to submit your appliaction smoothly and in addition provide up to date information at all times. This way you do not need to keep up to date with the UKVI changes.
We remain available during and after the submission of your application and until a decision comes through.
A legal representation letter is vital and will support your application.
We will work hard and digligently and advise you fully on your application. This ensures you have the best chance of success.
Contact us to apply for ILR
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We have assisted many clients to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (Settlement) in the UK. We can assist you with an ILR application also.
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