Indefinite Leave to Remain
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) allows you to live permanently in the UK and is type of immigration leave that does not normally expire after a certain time. With Indefinite Leave to Remain UK you can live and work in the UK without any immigration restrictions, however it is important to note that Indefinite Leave to Remain UK can be lost if you are outside the UK for two continuous years or if you commit a serious crime.
Indefinite leave to Remain is a very important status, it allows you make an application for British Citizenship and it also means that any children born to you the UK are automatically born British.
121 Immigration Lawyers can assist you in making the application for Indefinite leave to Remain and advise you on how to meet the requirements. Call us on 0121 285 5121 now or request a call back to speak with an expert advisor.
Indefinite Leave to Remain – FAQ
Depending onyour circumstances and the type of UK visa you hold will determine when you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Usually five years of continuous lawful residence is required if you are in the UK as a spouse, partner, family member, on an ancestry visa or certain work visas. There is also a 10 year route to Indefinite Leave to Remain which requires 10 years of continuous lawful residence in the UK. The earliest you can make an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain is 28 days before you complete the required residence period.
For Indefinite leave to following requirements must be normally met:
- Lawfully reside in the UK for the continuous period of 5 years (or time applicable to your visa category)
- Have resided in the UK in accordance with immigration rules of your visa category.
- Pass the ‘Life in UK Test’
- Meet the English Language requirement
There may be other specific requirements that are required depending on the visa you hold when you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
If you are aged between 18 and 64 you will have to take the ‘Life in UK Test’ and meet the English language requirement. Certain individuals are exempt from these requirements, such as refugees, dependant relatives, individuals with long term physical or mental condition, bereaved partners. As part of our service we will advise you on the detailed requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain, which will include whether you can be exempt from the Life in the UK test.
Applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain can take up to 6 months to process, however you can pay an extra fee to the home office for the super priority service and get the decision in 24 hours.
You application may take longer if:
- Your supporting documents need to be verified
- You need to attend an interview
- You have a criminal conviction
Indefinite leave to remain in the UK may be lost if you are outside of the UK for more than two continuous years. If your indefinite leave to remain has lapsed due to an absence of more than two years, it is possible to apply as a returning resident.
To have a successful application as a returning resident, you must show strong ties to the United Kingdom, and that you intend to make the United Kingdom your permanent home.
What can 121 Immigration Lawyers do for you?
- Discussing the options that are available to you and ensuring this is the most appropriate application for you.
- Advising you about the requirements and the relevant documents that are required for the application.
- Reviewing the documents to ensure they are satisfactory for the application.
- Provide a detailed letter of representation, which will outline how you meet the requirements of the Indefinite Leave to Remain, with reference to the relevant UK Immigration Laws.
- Completing and submitting the relevant application form on your behalf.
- Advising you the timescale and liaising with the home office until a decision is made.