Indefinite Leave To Remain
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) means permanent residence or settlement in the UK. Permanent residence is desirable because it brings a host of new rights, including the right to vote and access to public funds and benefits. It also takes away the worry of reapplying for visas and potential rejection.
The other big advantage to having permanent residence is that you will be entitled to apply for naturalisation as a British citizen after a year. This means you will have a British passport.
Permanent residence is granted to people on temporary visas who have shown a commitment to the UK and have been here legally for a number of years. The period of time to qualify for permanent residence varies from 5 years for many visas holders, to 10 years for those who have legally stayed on any basis.
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There is the possibility of an accelerated route for some, including investors, who may qualify for permanent residence after 2-3 years. Entrepreneurs may be able to qualify after 3 years and some highly skilled migrant workers can qualify after 4 years.
As well as the visa requirements and a certain length of stay, if you want permanent residence in the UK, you will have to demonstrate you have sufficient knowledge of the English language. You also have to pass a test is to show you have sufficient knowledge of life in the UK. Applicants under the age of 16 or over 65 when they apply are exempt from these requirements.
There is a fee you must pay when applying for permanent residence and you will need to provide biometric information.
Once you are granted permanent residence in the UK, you should try not to spend more than 2 years outside the UK as this can lead to your Indefinite Leave to Remain being revoked. To avoid this, many people opt to become British citizens after a year.
We can help you to gain permanent residence in the UK (ILR) and check what you need to do to meet the requirements. We also hold details of the latest fees involved. We will be with you every step of the way.