Indefinite Leave to Remain
Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) also referred to as permanent residency (PR) is an immigration status which allows the holder to reside and work in the United Kingdom permanently. It is a status which enables a foreign national to retain their nationality whilst living permanently in the United Kingdom.
There are different options, dependent on the basis of your current status in the UK, for making an application for ILR. Broadly speaking you can apply after five years in the United Kingdom if you are either a migrant sponsored under tier 2 (excluding Intra Company Transfer) or if you are on the spouse/partner route. If you applied as a spouse prior to 8 July 2012 you would be eligible after only two years.
There is also the option of applying after you have completed 10 years lawful residence in the UK.
ILR is also available for business people under the innovator and sole representative of an overseas business routes.
If you have lived in the UK for six years with discretionary leave you will also be eligible to apply for ILR.
In addition to the above you may be eligible for ILR dependent on the length of time you have been in the UK and your age at the time of application. The Home Office also has discretion to grant ILR outside the immigration rules where considered appropriate.
The above is not exhaustive and as always it pays to take good advice. Our In house immigration solicitors can provide you with clear and concise advice on any and all options which may be available to you should you be seeking to remain in the UK indefinitely.
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