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What is an Indefinite Leave to Remain?

The Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or Settlement status is a permanent residence right available to immigrants. In principle, you must have been in the UK for at least five years to apply for permanent residence, but sometimes, you can apply after three or two years in the UK. Various immigrant visas can lead to your ILR, including spouse visas, innovator visas, and skilled worker visas. Settlement allows people to live and work in the UK without restrictions and is the first step towards naturalization and full British citizenship.

Indefinite Leave to Remain

ILR: requirements

The requirements depend on the applicant's specific circumstances, such as the type of visa. The most basic requirement for an ILR is to be legally resident in the UK for some time. However, you must meet other requirements. The general requirements for applying for the ILR are:


Particular individuals do not need to apply for ILR to get the UK settled status:

Routes to Settlement - ILR

If you are legally resident in the UK on any form of UK residence visa, you can apply for an ILR once you have exceeded the minimum stay threshold for that visa. Applicants must also meet other specific requirements.

Visas/routes that may lead to settlement are:

You may qualify for the ILR in a less traditional way that does not require a visa.

When to apply for ILR?

How long you must be in the UK before you are eligible to apply for permanent residence will depend on your circumstances. In most cases, an immigrant can apply for an ILR after five years of legal residence in the UK. Holders of visas eligible for ILR after five-year residence in the UK:

You may be eligible for ILR status if you have been a resident in the UK for less than five years. It includes if you have been resident in the UK for:

The shortest period can exceed five years.

ILR: English language tests

As part of your ILR application, you must commit to a B1 English proficiency level in speaking and listening according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Most applicants are required to get a certificate from an approved testing provider. Attach the certificate for your ILR application when submitting the results online.

However, some individuals do not have to meet this requirement. For example, citizens of Commonwealth countries or most English-speaking countries are usually exempt. It includes the citizens of the following countries:

Also, the following applicants are exempt from the English language requirement:

ILR: Life in the UK test

You should pass the Life in the UK test for ILR application. The Life in the UK test, also known as the UK Citizenship Test, is based on British culture, history and traditions.

The test lasts 45 minutes and comprises 24 randomly generated questions on the day of the test. Achieve a score of at least 75%. The test costs £50, and there are over 30 accredited centres where you can take the test. However, please note that he can only take exams at one of the five centres near you.

If he fails the test, he can resume seven days after the test date. You can repeat this test many times to pass.

People under the age of 18 or over 65 do not need to take the test. If someone has a written certificate from a doctor of a long-term physical or mental condition, they are also usually exempt.

On the exam day, you will need to bring government-issued identification such as a passport or driver's license and correspondence dated only three months with a UK address.

Include your certificate with your application.

Absence from the UK

To qualify for ILR status, he must not have been outside the UK for over 180 days in any 12 months.

However, there are exceptions to this rule. B. You have been away from the UK on business or are outside the UK because of exceptional circumstances. Home Office will usually consider this an excused absence if you have been outside the UK because:

Keep track of your time spent outside the UK since you lived in the UK.

ILR application support

Our immigration adviser can help you through your permanent residency application step. After assessing your eligibility, we will complete your application to the highest standards, including conducting a full document review to ensure an adequate evidence portfolio. You can also create a representative letter to support your application.

Call us or apply online to start your journey to permanent residency.

ILR: documents to provide

As part of your ILR application, you must include some supporting documents.

Please note that the document you submit must be the original version. If impossible to provide the original documents, you must justify this. In exceptional circumstances, the Home Office will give some tolerance.

You need to provide the following documents:

ILR: application form

You can use two primary forms for Indefinite Leave to Remain applications: Form Set (O) and Form Set (M):

The time to process an ILR application

There is no specific period, but usually, it takes six months to process an Indefinite Leave to Remain application.

ILR: fees

The current fee for permanent residency applications is £2,389 per applicant. It will also cost him £19.20 to register his biometric information, which is an essential part of the ILR application process.

Expedited services are also available if you need a quick decision on your application.

Priority Service will process your application within five working days of him and incur an additional charge of £500 and Super Priority Service within one business day with an additional £800.

ILR for spouses

People who want to join their partner in the UK use a Spouse Visa type, one of the most popular types of visas. Typically, the spouse of a UK partner can apply for permanent residence after they five years of legal residence in the UK. The initial Spouse visa is valid for her 30 months, with a possible extension for another 30 months. Once the spouse visa extension has passed, the spouse can apply for an ILR.

ILR: Biometric Residence Permit

A Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is an identification document that contains your name, date of birth, fingerprints, and a photograph. It also details your immigration status, stay requirements, and the benefits and services you can access.

If you don't already have a BRP, you'll need to get one when you apply for your ILR. After submission, the Home Office will provide details on how to get a BRP.

Indefinite Leave to Remain: rights

Revocation of the ILR status

The Home Office may revoke Indefinite Leave to Remain status under certain circumstances:

What to do if rejected for an ILR?

A rejected application can be alarming news. The Home Office provides a reason for the rejection in the rejection letter.

UK citizenship after ILR

Permanent residence is an essential step toward obtaining UK citizenship. However, living in ILR status for some time does not automatically make you a UK citizen.

EEA Settlement Scheme

Citizens of the EU, EEA and Switzerland can apply for the EU Settlement Scheme.

The EU Settlement Scheme allows successful applicants, who were residents in the UK before 31 December 2020, to live and work freely in the UK from 30 June 2021.

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