Indefinite Leave to Remain is also known as Permanent Residency. ILR is the last step any non UK national has to fulfil before becoming eligible to apply for a British Passport. When applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain depending on your current visa, you may have the option of obtaining ILR status in one day. To check whether you’re eligible for the same day process and what our next available dates are Contact Us today on 0203 627 4777. (Same Day Appointments Available)
There are several ways to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the United Kingdom. However the most common avenues are stated below:
UK Long Term Residency Visa
The application for Long Term Residency visa can be filed by candidates who have spent an extended period of time i.e. 10 years or 20 years in the UK.
10 Year Visa
If an applicant has been living legally in the UK for 10 years, they become eligible for this visa. Home Office approval is required for granting the long term visa. If approval is granted, the candidate can live in the UK for an unlimited period of time. Provided the candidate is not absent from the UK for more than 18 months over the 10 year period.
20 Year Visa
This visa is granted to candidates who’ve been residing in the UK both illegally and legally for more than 20 years.
Please contact one of our representative today for a free assessment.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (Spouse/Marriage)
The spouse or civil partner of a British citizen or permanent resident of the UK is able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after living as a married couple for a period of 5 years. This allows the ILR holder to live and work in the UK on a permanent basis and without any restrictions. (Same Day Appointments Available)
The applicant must fulfil the following requirements:
• Must have lived in the UK for at least 5 years prior to applying. This is mostly applicable to those who have come to the UK on a settlement-class Fiancée visa and switched to a Marriage visa or those who have come to the UK on a provisional Marriage visa.
• Must pass the Life in the UK test or ESOL with citizenship component.
Tier 1 ILR
The candidate needs to meet the extension requirements and score 75 or 80 points and provide relevant documents. The candidate also needs to meet the life in the UK Test and should not be absent from the UK for more than 90 days in any one trip and 180 days in last 5 years. (Same Day Appointments Available)
Tier 2 ILR
There have been recent changes to this category from 6th April 2012 the applicant will need to have a salary of £35000.00 per annum. This rule will be applicable to people having leave to remain in the UK after 6th April 2011. Certain categories under Tier 2 need not meet this requirement. Other requirements of absence from the UK and Life in the UK test are mandatory in order to apply for ILR.(Same Day Appointments Available)
Other Routes to ILR
Generally for all other categories in order to apply for ILR the applicant needs to meet the extension requirements and have the life in the UK test provided they are not absent from the UK for more than 180 days. Please contact one of our representative today for further queries.
Life in the UK Test
The Life in the UK test is a mandatory requirement for all candidates wishing to settle in the UK. Since 1st November 2005, all those wishing to apply for naturalisation have been required to pass the test. As of 2nd April 2007, this has also become mandatory for candidates wishing to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. The purpose of this test is to ensure those wishing to settle in the UK are aware of prevalent cultures and traditions in the country so that applicants are able to better integrate into society.