Permanent Residence UK

With permanent residence (PR), you can live, work, and attend school in the UK without having to apply for a new visa each time. People who want to stay in the UK for a long time can apply for Permanent Residence status. You can get permanent residence in the UK if you meet certain requirements and take the right steps to apply. Permanent residence (PR) in the UK can take anywhere from one to five years, depending on the path you take.

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Overview of UK Permanent Residence

When you have permanent residence (PR) in the UK, you can live, work, and go to school here without having to apply for a new visa every time. In the UK, PR is also called Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Most of the time, you must have lived in the UK regularly for at least 5 years in order to get UK PR. 

However, the exact amount of time you need to get UK PR status varies on the type of UK visa you have. People who have an Innovator Founder Visa or a Global Talent Visa may be able to apply for UK PR (ILR) after only 3 years. The most popular ways to come to the UK legally and become a resident are listed below:

Routes

Years

Family visa

5 years

Work visa

5 years

Business visa

3 to 5 years

Long residence to ILR

10 years

Please keep in mind that this is not a complete list of all the ways that EU and non-EU citizens can get permanent residency in the UK.

For a free consultation about the choices you and your family have, call 

0203 384 4389 or email hello@ukimmigrationsolicitors.co.uk to get in touch with our immigration lawyers.

What are the Permanent Residence limitations?

There are numerous positive aspects of permanent residence, but there are also a few negative aspects to think about. Beyond two years, you can’t stay outside of the UK. You might not be able to use your pre-settled status after that time. 

You should also know that your PR status can be taken away if you are found guilty of a crime or if you can’t prove that you can afford to keep it. 

Finally, it’s important to keep in mind that living in the UK permanently does not mean you automatically become a British citizen. You might have to fill out another form and pass the Life in the UK test in order to become a British citizen.

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

What are the benefits of Permanent Residence UK?

Individuals from various backgrounds reside in the UK. The University of Oxford’s Migration Observatory says that 14% of people were born in a different country. If you have a record of long residence in the UK, you can work, study, and travel just like permanent residents. You will also be able to use many state services and perks, such as health care.

Apply for British citizenship

After one year as a regular resident, you can apply to become a British citizen. You must have lived in the UK for five years before you apply, though. This will take three years if your partner is a British citizen. There are other ways to become a British citizen rather than this one.

Right to visit the UK

You can freely enter and leave the UK if you have Permanent Residence UK (PR UK). You don’t always need a ticket to travel. However, remember that you can only be outside of the UK for two years at a time. For more than two years, you have lived abroad. You will need to reapply for your pre-settled status so that it doesn’t end if you want to keep your PR in the country.

Being able to Work and Study

You will be able to go to school and apply for jobs that people with limited visas can’t if you live in the UK permanently. If you have this position, it might also be easier to get hired for some jobs. Either way, you don’t have to show proof that you can work in the UK.

Bring the family.

The EU Settlement Scheme lets you apply with your spouse or civil partner, your kids, your grandchildren, your parents, or your grandparents. Their partner, sister, brother, uncle, aunt, cousin, niece, or nephew can also apply if they have a UK residence card. That being said, they have to meet the same requirements as you to stay in the UK permanently.

Access to Health Care

The National Health Service (NHS) will take care of your health care costs for free if you move to the UK permanently. In other words, you will be able to get a lot of different kinds of medical care, such as drugs and hospital care.

Children can become British citizens

Your kids can also benefit from the fact that you have PR. You can make your child a British citizen if you live in the UK full-time. This could be a great chance for them and for you to feel safe.

Benefits of international schooling for kids

You can get discounts on school fees for international kids if you and your child live in the UK full-time. The SKA fund can also help with the costs of going to school abroad.

Benefits for homes

If you live in the UK permanently, you might also be able to get housing benefits like the Private Rented Sector Deposit Guarantee Scheme or social rent. You can get a lot of different benefits and help from your local government, such as help with your rent.

Getting permanent residency in the UK is a great way to enjoy all the rights and benefits that come with living there. You can live, work, and move around easily in the country with your family. Moreover, they can help you get medical care. You can also apply to become a British citizen after a year and get some social security payments.

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

What is the Eligibility Criteria for UK Permanent Residence?

If you meet certain requirements, you can apply to live in the UK permanently. Depending on your route, you may also need to show proof that you have lived officially in the UK for at least five years.

The table below shows how long you need to stay in the UK on each type of visa before you can apply for permanent residence:

Eligibility Routes

Years

Partner (married or single) of a British citizen

  2

Long-lasting Stay legally

10 

Illegal stay (without the right papers)

14

First and second tiers of work permits

5

As an investor, business owner, athlete, or artist

5

Ancestry

5

You can apply for Permanent Residence UK if you are in one of the groups above and meet the other conditions.

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How to Become a Permanent Resident of the UK If You Are Not an EU Citizen?

You may submit an application for UK permanent residence through one of the routes listed above if you are not a native EU citizen. It is important to make sure that you satisfy all the standards and have every piece of proof you need before you apply.

Overview

We suggest that you hire an experienced immigration solicitor to help you with the paperwork and the application process. This will make the process go more smoothly. Also, don’t forget that you can contact us directly if you need help or information about getting permanent residence in the UK. Our team of experts will help you figure out what you need to do to be eligible and give you advice on how to apply for permanent residence. You can call us at 0203 384 4389 or email us. We’re here to help!

The SET (M) Form and the SET (O) Form are the two forms you can use to apply. You need to make sure you choose the right entry form because it depends on your situation. Once you’ve filled out the application form, make sure you have all the necessary papers and pay the fee as instructed. Send in your application along with all the necessary proof, and then wait for a decision.

Form Set (M)

This form is for people who have stayed in the UK under any of the immigration groups listed. As part of the application process, you will need to send proof that you have permission to stay in the UK. Some of these are:

  • Proof of income, like payslips.

  • A job offer letter on company paper, signed and stamped by the employer.

  • Any rental or lease agreements (Proof of address).

  • Bank records.

  • Tax letters from the council.

  • The proof used to figure out an applicant’s alternate sources of income, if any, is made public.

  • If you own a business, you’ll need to show proof of your registered business location, licences, and permits.

Form (O) Set

If your partner is a UK citizen or your child lives in the UK, you need to fill out this form. Again, proof of the relationship and living in the UK must be shown through papers.

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

How to Register your non-EU Family Members in the UK?

You can register your family members who are not from the EU as long as they live with you in the UK. It’s kind of like asking for permanent residence, but there are a few extra things you need to do.

Each family member needs to fill out their own application. If the child is younger than 18, a parent or guardian must help them apply.

If you already have a Tier 1 or 2 visa, you may be able to bring your family to the UK if you meet the standards for sponsoring a spouse or child who depends on you.

Obtaining British citizenship for a family member

You might be able to apply for indefinite leave to stay or settle if you have been living in the UK as a family member of a citizen. If your application is accepted, this will let you live in the UK permanently. People who are married to or not married to UK citizens often take this route.

Eligibility for a Settlement

There are some things you need to do in order to be considered for settlement. These depend on the type of visa you have and the country you are from. In general, you must have stayed in the UK nonstop for a certain number of years and not broken any laws while you were there.

Overview

There are three ways to get this type of visa:

  • 2-year visa path

  • 5-year visa path

  • 10-year visa path

If you want any of the above visas, you must meet the time requirements for that visa. On the other hand, people with a Tier 2 (General) Visa must have lived in the UK for five years. If you can live in this way and meet all of the other requirements below, you can apply:

Marriage

You will need to have a valid partner or marriage visa. You can apply if you are married to or in a civil partnership with a British person, or if you have lived with them for at least two years without getting married.

Living together

You and your partner must have lived together in a real, long-term relationship and want to keep dating after your PR is given.  You can prove that you and your partner live together by providing documents such as a joint tenancy agreement, joint bank statements, or any other acceptable proof.

Test

There are several multiple-choice questions about British history and society that you must pass. The test is called “Life in the UK.” The purpose of the test is to make sure that you know the basics about the country where you want to live and work.

Test for English proficiency

If you’re not a native English speaker, you’ll need to pass the English Language skills test to show that you can do the job. Usually, you need to show proof of English or an educational certificate from a respected UK school in order to do this.

Financial needs

The amount of money you need to meet the requirements is currently £29,000 if you do not have any children in your care.

A child is anyone younger than 18 years old, even if they are not on the application for PR. When you figure out how much money you make a year, don’t count the money that your British children or European Area (Economic) people make. Please keep in mind that these are joint incomes and take into account the incomes of both parties.

Families taking the fastest way (2 years) don’t have to meet a minimum income requirement, but they do have to show that they can take care of their families without getting help from the government. Families taking the longest route (10 years) don’t have to meet a minimum income standard either, but they do have to show proof of income.

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

What is the UK-Settled Family Member's Application Process?

If you are married to someone who is living in the UK on a Tier 1, 2, or 5 work visa, you might also be able to settle down here. Both of you must be married or in a civil union, or you must have been together for at least two years.

Partner Eligibility Requirements

Your partner’s dependent status means you already have a visa. Your partner must be settled before you apply for a visa. If they were settled before you did, you must apply as their partner.

This is only open to people who live with their partner or plan to do so in the future. Besides that, you can’t get any other perks (from public funds). Make sure you know that you need to pass the English test and meet other standards before you can apply to live in the UK.

You can apply for permanent residence if all of these things are true. If your application is accepted, you will have the right to stay in the country indefinitely (ILR). You will also be able to stay in the UK forever without having to go through immigration checks.

How to Apply?

The application process for UK Permanent Residence can be done online, and you will hear back about your position in six months.

The fast processing service can be used by anyone who wants to. You will need to make an appointment in person for the review, and you may get a ruling the same day.

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

What is the visa Processing Time and Cost?

Getting Permanent Residence takes time and the cost of this process is £2,389. It doesn’t matter where you come from or how long you stay; this fee is the same for everyone. Usually, applications are dealt with in six months, but this can change based on the type of application.

Moreover, if you need the answer in less than five business days, there is an extra £500 processing fee. If you want to get the answer the next business day, you should apply for super priority service. The cost of super priority service is £800. 

Before you send in your application, make sure you have all the papers and proof you need. So, you can live in one of the coolest places in the world once you’re accepted! 

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

Apply as a Permanent Resident UK for British citizenship

You can apply for British citizenship after living in the UK for five years and having a fixed address for one year. As long as your partner is a British citizen, though, you can apply for citizenship after three years of living in the UK permanently.

In both cases, you must meet the standards for English language skills and life knowledge before you can apply. You must also not be limited by visa time limits and have been a Permanent Resident for at least one year. This means that your ILR status is valid. 

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

How to Get a Permanent Residence through a Work Visa?

If you have a work visa, like a Skilled Worker visa, you can come to the UK to work for a UK company. After 5 years of having a work visa, you will usually get PR. The Skilled Worker visa is one of the easiest ways for people from outside the EU to live in the UK permanently right now.

People can live and work in the UK with a number of different work visas such as.

  • Skilled Worker visa

  • Healthcare worker visa

  • Scale up visa

  • Global Talent visa

It’s important to know that some work visas don’t let people stay in the UK forever. Like the Senior or Specialist Worker visa under the Global Business Mobility route (which used to be called the Tier 2 ICT visa) and the High Potential Individual (HPI) visa

If you have an HPI visa or another type of visa that doesn’t let you apply for permanent residency in the UK, you might be able to change it to one that does. Some students can work in the UK even if they don’t have a job offer with the HPI visa, which makes it better than other work visas.

You can live in the UK permanently with a work visa if you:

  • Possess a valid work visa and have lived in the UK for at least five years.

  • Keep getting paid by the company in the UK.

  • Continue working at a job that qualifies.

  • Get paid at least the minimum wage.

  • Pass the test on Life in the UK.

  • Meet the English language standards. 

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

How to Get Permanent Residence Via Business?

If you want to start a creative firm in the UK, you can apply for a business visa like the innovator visa. It is one of the easiest ways for non-EU citizens to get permanent residency in the UK under the present immigration rules. 

After just 3 years, the Innovator Founder visa goes to PR. Even the start-up visa doesn’t always lead directly to PR. This is something you should keep in mind. If you have a start-up visa and want to get permanent residency, you will need to switch to an innovator founder visa.

For Permanent residence as a holder of an innovator visa, you must:

  • Have resided in the UK on an innovator visa for continuously three years
  • Get a new company to back up your business.
  • Do well on the Life in the UK test, and
  • Meet the requirements for English language skills

How Can UK Immigration Solicitors Help?

Our experts at UK Immigration Solicitors are highly trained to help you with all aspects of moving to the UK. With our knowledge of how complicated the process is, we can help you get through it. At every step of the application process, our team will help you and give you advice to make sure that your case is treated correctly.

Get in touch with us today. We’ve helped thousands of people from all over the world to settle down in the UK. Do you want to live and work in the UK? We’d be happy to help you make that happen. To begin, please call 0203 384 4389.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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 live in the UK permanently, such as with a work visa, a family visa, or a business visa. You can also get PR in other ways, such as by living in the country for 10 years, leaving your job, or serving in the military. 

Most of the time, you need to have stayed in the UK on a qualifying visa for at least 5 years in order to get permanent residency. Depending on the type of visa you hold, this could be as little as 2 or 3 years.

A Skilled Worker visa is the first thing you need to get if you studied in the UK and want to keep living here. After 5 years, you can apply for Permanent Residence with that. 

You might be able to get a High Potential Individual (HPI) visa if you went to a top university outside of the UK. Once you get to the UK, you can change your visa to a Skilled Worker visa because the HPI visa doesn’t lead to permanent residency.

Permanent residence in the UK lets you stay in the country for as long as you want without having to go through immigration checks.

Being able to live in the UK permanently isn’t always easy, even though the process isn’t hard. That’s why you should talk to a licenced immigration solicitor who can help you with your application and know how the process works. Many people from all over the world have come to the UK with the help of UK Immigration Solicitors, and we can do the same for you. Call us at 0203 384 4389 right now to find out more!

It is a type of settlement that lets someone stay in the UK for as long as they want. Nevertheless, it can be revoked, lost, or expire under certain conditions.

You need 70 points in total to be able to come to the UK and work. To give an example, a person will get the 70 points they need to work in the UK if they: Have all of the required traits (50 points) Offer a job worth between £23,040 and £25,599 (10 points), and have a Ph.D. degree in relevant field (10 points).

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