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.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about the UK Permanent residence permit and to get personalised help from an immigration expert on how to prepare for it and what to expect. You can call us at 02033844389 or email us.

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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:



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 

02033844389 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.

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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.

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