What is Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)?

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a form of settled status in the United Kingdom, granting individuals the right to live, work and study in the country without any time restrictions. ILR serves as a stepping stone towards full British citizenship and allows you to enjoy most of the same rights and privileges as British citizens. It can sometimes be referred to as Permanent Residence.

Who is eligible to apply for ILR?

Individuals can apply for ILR if they meet specific eligibility requirements depending on their current immigration category. Some common categories include:

  • Tier 1 and Skilled Worker (Tier 2 work visas): After completing 5 years of continuous residence in the UK and meeting other requirements.
  • Spouse, partner or family member of a British citizen or settled person: After completing 5 or 10 years of continuous residence, depending on the visa type.
  • Long residence: After completing 10 years of continuous lawful residence in the UK.
  • Refugee or those with humanitarian protection: After completing 5 years of continuous residence in the UK.

Requirements for ILR

Although requirements can vary depending on your immigration category, some general conditions include:

  • Continuous residence: You must have resided in the UK for the required duration without significant breaks.
  • Knowledge of English: Unless an exemption applies, you must demonstrate proficiency in English, either by passing an approved English language test or holding a qualifying degree.
  • Life in the UK test: You must pass the Life in the UK test, which assesses your knowledge of British culture, history and values.
  • Good character: You must not have any criminal convictions or pose a threat to national security.

What can cause Indefinite Leave to Remain to expire?


Benefits of seeking legal advice for ILR

Applying for ILR can be a complex and time-consuming process, with strict requirements and potential pitfalls.

Seeking legal advice from experienced immigration laywers can:

  • Ensure your application is accurate and complete, reducing the risk of delays or refusals.
  • Provide expert guidance on documentation, supporting evidence and eligibility requirements specific to your situation.
  • Help you navigate any complications or challenges that may arise during the application process.

How Five Star can help

Five Star International is committed to providing expert legal advice and assistance throughout your ILR application process. With our team’s extensive knowledge and experience, we can help you achieve a successful outcome and take the next step towards securing your future in the UK.

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