UK Indefinite Leave to Remain

If you’re seeking to apply for UK Indefinite Leave to Remain, our professional team of immigration solicitors can provide the expert assistance and guidance you require.

Give us a call at 0203 384 4389 if you need help with your case right away. We can assist you online, over the phone, or in person.

"*" indicates required fields

How can we help you today?

Name*
Name*
✓ Valid number ✕ Invalid number
*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
How can we help you today?

UK Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR): What is it?

It is a type of permanent residency. Foreign nationals can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Usually, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after being in the UK for five years. But sometimes, you can apply earlier, like after 3 or even 2 years.

ILR can result from a range of visas for immigrants, such as the skilled worker visa, innovator visa, and spouse visa.

A person granted Indefinite Leave to Remain is one step closer to naturalization and full citizenship, allowing them to live in the UK without any limitations.

UK Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

What are ILR Eligibility Criteria and Requirements?

The particular requirements vary based on the applicant’s unique situation, including the kind of visa they already hold.

The most fundamental prerequisite for ILR is having been in the UK lawfully for a specific time period. However, there are a few requirements that need to be met.

The following basic requirements must be met to be eligible to submit a request for UK Indefinite Leave to Remain:

Exemptions from the UK Indefinite Leave to Remain

Some people will automatically be granted settled UK status without having to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. These people include:

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Which routes lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain?

You will be qualified to submit an application for ILR after meeting the prerequisites for that specific visa’s minimum time frame if you have been residing in the UK lawfully under some type of settlement visa. Furthermore, the applicant must fulfil further conditions.

The visa pathways that lead to UK Indefinite Leave to Remain are as follows:

Moreover, it is feasible to become qualified for the ILR through a less typical method that does not need a specific visa to be held.

Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

Can I apply for ILR after five years?

Your specific situation will determine how long you need to have lived in the UK before you may submit an application for ILR. Additionally, after 5 years of valid residency in the UK, foreign nationals can often apply for permanent residence (ILR). Furthermore, some of the visas that need five years of presence in the UK are as follows:
  • Family Visa
  • Spouse Visa
  • Unmarried Partner Visa
  • Permanent Work Visa
  • Visa for Skilled Workers
  • UK Ancestry Visa
  • In certain circumstances, if you have resided in the UK for no more than 5 years, you can be eligible for ILR status. These situations include those in which you live in the UK under:
    After being in the UK for four years, a Commonwealth citizen who served in the armed forces might qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain Sometimes, it takes more than five years to qualify for UK Indefinite Leave to Remain. For people living in the UK for a long time, they’ll need to have spent 10 years if they’re over 18 or 7 years if they’re under 18 before applying for ILR.

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    Overview of Life in the UK Test

    The Life in the UK test is a prerequisite for the Indefinite Leave to Remain application. The Life in the UK exam, often called the British Citizenship examination, is centered on British culture, history, and customs.

    The exam has 24 questions that are created at random on the day of the tests, and it lasts 45 minutes. To pass the test, you need to receive a score of at least 75%.

    Additionally, the test is available at more than thirty approved locations and costs £50 to take. But keep in mind that you can only take the exam at one of the five locations close to your home. Moreover, you have at least seven days after the test date to retake it if you don’t pass. In order to pass, you can retake the exam as many times as necessary.

    Those aged 18 and under, or 65 and up, will not be required to take the test. Furthermore, an individual will typically be excluded if they have confirmation from a physician attesting to a long-term physical or mental disease.

    You will need to bring official identification on test day, such as a passport or driver’s license, along with a letter proving your UK address that is dated within the last three months. Moreover, your Life in the UK pass certificate must be included with your application.

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    Absence from the United Kingdom

    To be eligible for ILR status, you shouldn’t have stayed more than 180 days away from the UK in 12 months. There are several exceptions to this regulation, such as if you were in the UK on business or due to unusual circumstances. If you were absent from the UK for any of the following reasons, it would be regarded as an allowed absence:
    In general, it is an ideal plan to keep track of any time spent outside the UK since beginning your UK residency.

    Application Advice for Indefinite Leave of Absence

    It may be difficult and time-consuming to qualify for indefinite leave to remain. Our goal at UK Immigration Solicitors is to serve every one of our clients with excellence because of this. A skilled immigration attorney will handle your case, evaluating your circumstances and offering you advice on what to do next. Additionally, we will get all of your instructions on how to fill out and send in your application to the Home Office.

    Request via email or give us a call at 0203 384 4389 to start your ILR application.

    Get Help with the Application for Indefinite Leave of Absence

    Our immigration attorneys at UK Immigration Solicitors can support you at every stage of the Indefinite Leave to Remain application process. Your dedicated lawyer will fill out your application form really well after checking if you qualify. This involves reviewing all of your documents to make sure your proof portfolio is sufficient. In addition, we can write a Letter of Representation regarding your application.

    Make an online inquiry or give us a call at 0203 384 4389 to start the process of obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain status.

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    Which documents must I submit with my application for UK ILR?

    A variety of supporting documentation must be included with your Indefinite Leave to Remain application. Furthermore, this pertains to you and any dependents who are making a request on your behalf.

    It is important to keep in mind that the documents you submit should be the original ones. Moreover, you will have to justify if you are not able to provide the original documents. The Home Office will be lenient if you are unable to obtain the original documents due to exceptional situations.

    Typically, the following information and documents are required from you:

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    What application form do I need to submit for UK Indefinite Leave to Remain?

    Form Set (O) and Form Set (M) are the two main forms used for applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

    Form Set (M) is for applying for UK ILR if you’re the partner or parent of someone settled in the UK. Moreover, for other ILR applications, like Investor, Global Talent, Long-term Worker, Skilled Worker, PBS dependants, and UK Ancestry visas, you use Form Set (O).

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    What is the fee for Indefinite Leave of Remain?

    Currently, each applicant must pay £2,389 in order to submit an application for UK Indefinite Leave to Remain. In 2022 the fees for ILR are the same as the 2021 ones.

    It additionally costs £19.20 to register biometric data, which is required as part of the ILR application procedure. Moreover, if you apply as a family, your dependents must pay the entire price of £2389.

    You can also choose an expedited service in case you require a prompt decision about your application. Additionally, the priority service processes your request within 5 business days, which charges an extra £500, and one working day by the super-priority service, which charges an additional £800.

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    How much time does it take to process the indefinite leave to remain application?

    There is no set timeline, however, an Indefinite Leave to Remain application will be approved within six months.

    Permission to Stay in the UK indefinitely as a Spouse

    One of the most common visa categories is the Spouse Visa, which is designed for people who want to live with their partners in the UK. In most cases, after 5 years of legal residence in the UK, a spouse of a permanent resident may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

    The initial Spouse Visa is valid for 30 months and can be renewed for another 30 months after that time. When the Spouse Visa Extension time expires, a spouse may file for ILR if they meet all of the requirements.

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    What is the processing time for a British Citizenship application?Biometric Residence Permit for the UK with ILR

    Your name, date of birth, fingerprints, and a picture of your face are all included in your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP), which serves as a form of identity. It will also include information about your immigration status, any terms and conditions associated with your stay, and the benefits and services that you are eligible for.

    Before submitting an ILR application, you must obtain a BRP if you don’t already have one. Additionally, after your application has been received, you will receive information on how to obtain your BRP.

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    What are my rights if I have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK?

    As a type of long-term residency, Indefinite Leave to Remain allows its holders to live and work in the UK without facing any limitations. In addition to having unrestricted access to free NHS treatment, you will be able to work and study in the UK.

    Can an ILR be revoked?

    It is significant to remember that under some conditions, UK ILR status may be withdrawn. Revocation of ILR status may occur if:

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    If my application for Indefinite Leave to Remain is denied, what options do I have?

    A denied application might be disappointing. First and foremost, you need to know why your application was turned down. The rejection letter will explain the grounds for the rejection. Moreover, the best course of action is to resubmit the application after making the necessary corrections if there is an obvious error on it.

    Additionally, if you feel your application got turned down unfairly, you can challenge the Home Office’s decision. If you think they missed something important in your application, like key evidence, you can ask for an administrative review. Moreover, another immigration officer will take a fresh look at your application.

    You may be able to file an official legal appeal against the Home Office’s decision in specific circumstances. Moreover, if you are unable to proceed, it will be stated in your letter of refusal.

    If you choose to file an appeal against the Home Office’s decision, the UK Immigration Solicitors can help you every step of the way with our appeal package. To learn more, give us a call at 0203 384 4389 right now. Alternatively, if you’d like, you can get in touch with the Home Office directly.

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    When my ILR expires, will I automatically be granted British citizenship?

    A significant step towards obtaining British citizenship is obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain. However, after a specific amount of time, you will not automatically acquire British citizenship if you have been living under ILR status.

    As long as your situation hasn’t changed substantially, you can apply for British citizenship after being in the UK for a full year under ILR. To obtain complete British citizenship, you need to fill out and submit a request to the Home Office for British citizenship by naturalisation.

    As a British citizen, you will soon be able to submit an application for a British passport and enjoy all of the advantages of citizenship.

    What exactly is the EEA Citizenship Settlement Scheme?

    The EU Settlement Scheme is an alternative to Indefinite Leave to Remain available to nationals of the EU, EEA, and Switzerland. Successful candidates are allowed to live and work in the UK without any restrictions beyond June 30, 2021, in accordance with the EU Settlement Scheme.

    To be eligible in most situations, you must have lived in the UK before December 31, 2020. Moreover, if you qualify for the scheme, members of your immediate family will be allowed to join the scheme as well, enjoying the same privileges as you.

    For guidance on Indefinite Leave to Remain, get in touch with us at any of our offices in the UK, including London, Manchester, and Birmingham.

    Our experienced UK immigration Solicitors can help you with your immigration process.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

    There are several ways to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain in the United Kingdom. Usually, this happens when you’re in the UK with permission for one of these reasons:
  • A partner
  • A relative
  • A specific kind of laborer, such as a skilled worker
  • On a continuous and permanent basis of lawful residency An individual with ancestry.
  • In addition, refugees resettled in the UK via the Gateway Protection Programme will automatically be granted immediate right to remain. Dependent children of British citizens or individuals who are permanent residents of the UK may be awarded immediate permission to remain indefinitely.
    If a person leaves the UK for two years or longer while holding ILR, they may lose their status. You should ensure that your time spent outside the UK does not exceed five years and does not violate ILR criteria if you are a returning resident, which means you have left the UK for a long period of time and then returned.

    The document you will obtain after submitting an ILR application is referred to as an ILR card. In order to receive an ILR card, you must also fulfil several requirements. As of October 2013, this also entails earning an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) speaking and listening certification.

    When applying for jobs, renting real estate, and seeking citizenship, you can use the card or certificate you receive when granted UK ILR as evidence of your settled status.

    Yes, if you are between the ages of 18 and 65, you will have to pass the Life in the UK test as part of your citizenship or immigration application.

    \This is a standard exam designed to assess your familiarity with British history, traditions, and customs. You must receive a score of 75% or above on the test to pass and ensure that you meet this portion of the criteria for qualifying for UK Indefinite Leave to Remain. Moreover, you can take the test as many times as necessary, but there is a charge to take it, and you must pay it each time you try to pass it.

    If you would like to know more about how to get ready for the Life in the UK test, please contact one of our expert immigration solicitors who would be pleased to assist you with your test or ILR visa.

    Even though this depends on the specifics of each case and the sort of conviction, any unspent convictions will likely have an impact on your application for ILR under the suitability conditions.

    Even if the conviction is spent, it might still impact your ILR application, based on the type of conviction. To guarantee the highest probability of success, we would highly advise discussing your conviction with an immigration specialist before compiling your application.

    You might be eligible to temporarily extend your current visa and stay in the UK if you are not yet eligible for the ILR. We refer to this as “Further Leave to Remain.” Moreover, if you entered the country as a visitor, you normally can’t stay longer than six months, though there are certain rare exceptions when you might be able to change to a different type of visa.

    Make sure to ask for an extension before your current permit ends. If you stay longer without permission, you might be told to leave.

    We at UK Immigration Solicitors can help with any applications, including those that need to be appealed in the event of a rejection. Being the top immigration specialists in the UK, we have an outstanding record of submitting ILR applications. Among our offerings are:

    • Communicating with you on the phone, Skype, or in person at a time that works for you;
    • Assessing whether you qualify for ILR
    • Reviewing your documentation to make sure it’s enough for your request;
    • Producing a Representation Letter to go with your application; working with the Home
    • Office throughout the application process
    • Filling out your application to the best of your ability to make sure no errors are made;
    • Submitting your application to the Home Office
    • Assist you in fulfilling your English language requirements
    • Helping you in preparing for the “Life in the UK test.”

    For more information about ILR visas or applying for ILR, please feel free to contact one of our immigration solicitors by phone at 0203 384 4389 or through our online contact form.

    As per UK immigration regulations, Commonwealth citizens may be eligible for ILR if they fulfil the requirements and have been residing in the country for five years with a UK Ancestry visa.

    Keep in mind that if you don’t have that visa, you can still apply if you meet the requirements using the standard routes, such as the spouse or work visa.

    Additionally, certain Commonwealth nationals are granted the “right to abode” in the UK, allowing them to live and work there without being subject to immigration laws. Some might even be able to directly apply for British citizenship.

    If you are a citizen of the UK, Ireland, or the United Kingdom, or you have pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you will enjoy the “right of abode,” or the right to remain in the country. Certain Commonwealth citizens may also have the same “right of abode” in the United Kingdom.
    Having the right to remain in the UK means you can live in the nation without being subject to immigration controls.

    Quick Contact Form NHP (1)

    Inline form for homepage

    "*" indicates required fields

    How can we help you today?

    Name*
    Name*
    ✓ Valid number ✕ Invalid number
    *
    This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    Our Services

    Partner Visas
    Family Visas
    Settlement Visas in UK
    Settlement for EEA Nationals
    Refusals & Appeals
    Detention & Deportation
    UK Sponsor License
    UK Business Visas
    Investment in the UK
    UK Visit Visas
    Other Visit Visas
    Skilled Worker Visas
    Other Work Visa
    Student Visa