Indefinite Leave to Remain under Tier 2 Change of Employment
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), also known as permanent residency, enables a person to live in the UK indefinitely. Depending on the terms and conditions of the applicant’s visa, they can apply for ILR on fulfilment of the eligibility criteria.
A brief description about the Tier 2 Change of Employment
Holders of the Tier 2 visa are allowed to change their job while remaining in the UK on fulfilment of two conditions; the applicant must attain a new certificate of sponsorship issued by a new licensed sponsor and pass the points based assessment test again.
Duration for which the visa is granted
The tier 2 Work Permit is usually issued for a period ranging from 1 day up to 5 years, depending on the length of time requested by the sponsoring company. Ultimately the final decision is at the discretion of the Home Office.
Tier 2 Work Permit holders can become eligible to apply for the ILR if they have been living in the UK continuously for 5 years under the same work permit. If they have spent more than two years outside the UK during that time, they will no longer be eligible for ILR or permanent residency. Candidates with ILR status can go on to apply for UK citizenship on meeting citizenship requirements.
Conditions under which the ILR is revoked
There are a number of situations that can cause a person to lose their right to remain permanently in the UK, for instance if a person has committed a criminal offence or remains outside the UK for more than 2 years. However, certain categories such as British protected persons and British overseas persons will not lose their ILR status irrespective of how long they stay outside the UK.