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Are you dreaming of settling down in the United Kingdom? If so, Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) might be the pathway you're looking for. ILR is a crucial step towards making the UK your permanent home, granting individuals the freedom to live and work in the country without any immigration restrictions

What is Indefinite Leave to Remain?

Indefinite Leave to Remain is a form of settled status in the UK. It's essentially the immigration status granted to individuals who have lived in the country for a specified period and fulfilled certain criteria. ILR allows you to reside in the UK without any time constraints, enabling you to access public funds, work, and exit and re-enter the country freely.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for ILR, several conditions need to be met:

  • Residency Period:

Typically, individuals must have lived in the UK for a specified continuous period under a relevant visa category, such as work, family, or asylum, before applying for ILR. The residency period varies based on the visa type and can range from 2 to 10 years.

You must usually have lived and worked in the UK for 5 years. If you have a tier 1 visa, it can be 2 or 3 years. If you have an Innovator Founder or Global Talent visa, it can be 3 years. You may also need to meet the salary or financial requirements - this depends on your visa.

  • Good Character:

Applicants must demonstrate good conduct and character, meaning no criminal record or breaches of immigration rules.

  • Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK:

Applicants may need to pass a test to demonstrate their English language proficiency and knowledge of life in the UK ( Life in the UK test)  . For Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) and British Citizenship (Naturalization) you will need to pass the B1 English language test.

  • Meeting Financial Requirements:

In some cases, applicants need to meet specific financial criteria, ensuring they can support themselves and their dependents without relying on public funds.

The Application Process

The application for ILR involves completing the appropriate form, providing necessary documentation, and paying the required fee. It's crucial to submit accurate and comprehensive information to avoid delays or rejections.

Benefits of Indefinite Leave to Remain

Once granted ILR, individuals can enjoy various benefits:

  • Freedom to live and work in the UK without immigration restrictions.
  • Access to public services such as healthcare and education on the same terms as British citizens.
  • Eligibility to apply for British citizenship after a certain period of holding ILR.

Indefinite Leave to Remain is a significant milestone for those wishing to make the UK their permanent home. It offers security, freedom, and access to various opportunities in the country. However, navigating the application process can be complex, requiring careful attention to eligibility criteria and documentation.

Seeking advice from immigration experts or legal professionals can be invaluable in ensuring a smooth and successful application process, paving the way for a settled life in the United Kingdom.

If you would like to work with an expert team, please contact us.

Don't leave your application to chance!

Halil İbrahim Koca

Immigration Adviser