Indefinite Leave to Remain
Indefinite Leave to Remain is also known as permanent residency, settlement or ILR. Indefinite Leave to Remain is the last step for any non-UK national/citizen to fulfil before becoming eligible to apply for British citizenship.
UK immigration law is extremely complex and constantly changes. Not all visas lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain, but there are several different ways in which you can become eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. This includes 5 years in the UK as a Tier 2 (migrant), Tier 1 (Entrepreneur/Investor) or Spouse/Unmarried Partner.
Some people try to complete the application themselves, using general advice online. However, they often make mistakes due to the the complexity of the applications. Therefore, it's vital you get the right legal advice from a solicitor who really understands the law and the application process. It is essential to make sure your application is successful first time. This is because a rejected application can make future applications more difficult.
The key requirement for Indefinite Leave to Remain is how long you have spent in the UK. However, it will also depend on how long you have spent outside the UK during that time. You will also usually be tested on your knowledge of English language and life. You may be refused if you have a criminal record. Your family may also be able to join you in the UK under certain circumstances.
If you have ILR but then stay out of the UK for two years or more, you may lose your ILR status. If you have been away for more than two years, you may still qualify to return to live in the UK if, for example, you have strong family ties here or have lived here most of your life. You would need to apply for a Returning Resident visa.
Our team of expert immigration lawyers can give you advice that is unique to your circumstances. We will advise you on all the documentation you need to provide. We will also help prepare your application so that it meets all the eligibility criteria to fully satisfy the UKVI requirements.