Indefinite Leave To Remain

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) confirms your right to live in the UK permanently, without any time limit and free from immigration control. Indefinite Leave to Remain is also sometimes understood as Settlement or Permanent Residence. In most cases, obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain is necessary to be eligible for British Citizenship.

In what ways can you obtain Indefinite Leave To Remain?

To be eligible for Indefinite Leave To Remain, you must first be in the UK on a category that leads to settlement for a period stipulated under one of the qualifying categories. The potential routes to ILR include:

2 years’ route towards obtaining ILR:

  • Tier 1 Investor (Accelerated route)

3 years’ route towards obtaining ILR:

  • Tier 1 Investor (Accelerated route)
  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur (Accelerated route)

 5 years’ route towards obtaining ILR / PR:

  • Tier 1 Investor
  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur
  • Tier 1 General / Highly-Skilled Migrant
  • Tier 2 General (Work)
  • Partner (Spouse, Unmarried Partner, Civil Partner, Same-sex Partner)
  • EEA Residence Card
  • Parent
  • Ancestry
  • Asylum

6 years’ route towards obtaining ILR:

  • Discretionary Leave to Remain

10 years’ route towards obtaining ILR:

  • Long Residence
  • Partner (Spouse, Unmarried Partner, Civil Partner, Same-sex Partner)
  • Parent
  • Private Life

How do I Qualify for ILR?

Once you complete your continuous period of lawful residence in the UK, you do not automatically qualify for ILR. You must submit an application along with your evidence of eligibility. Evidence of eligibility for Indefinite Leave To Remain includes:

  • Continue fulfilling the relevant requirements of your current visa route
  • Continuous lawful residence in the UK for the required qualify period
  • Demonstrate knowledge of language and life in the UK (unless exempt)
    • Pass the Life in the UK test
    • Meet the English language test or qualification requirements

When can I apply for ILR?

The general rule of thumb is that you can usually apply for ILR upon completion of your residential period before your visa expires or within 28 days before the completion of your residential period, whichever is sooner.

Life in the UK test

You will need to show that you Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK (KOLL) by taking the Life in the UK Test (LUK) and producing an English test certificate or qualification above the CEFR Level B1. Once you have passed the test, you do not need to retake it to qualify for British Citizenship.

If you are under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 you are exempt from this requirement.

How can QC-Immigration help with your ILR application?

  • Determine the earliest date you can apply
  • If you fail to meeting specific eligibility criteria for your settlement route
  • If your circumstances have changed since being granted the visa
  • If you have excessive number of days out of the UK within the recognized period of time
  • If you have criminal convictions
  • If you have gaps in your work, relationship etc.
  • If you have failed to pay taxes and keep HMRC updated 

Indefinite Leave to Remain is lost through absence from the United Kingdom for a period exceeding two years continuously.

If you lost your Indefinite Leave to Remain, you must apply for a Returning Resident visa before attempting to enter the UK.

Testimonials

What do our users say

Thank you very much for your contribution and good job you have done for me and my family. Today, I feel that thanking you is not enough. You will remain in our hearts and we will always have this deepest and sincere regard for you, as you have always shown your kindness and your work have been appreciated by the whole family.

Long Residence Settlement (10 years) client – Mauritian

Qiyin is an extremely diligent and thorough immigration lawyer. She took the time to fully understand my case and application for the highly skilled migrant program. She was very careful to consider both the short and longer term issues related to my application and provided very balanced and frank advice. My highly skilled migrant visa was successfully renewed thanks to her advice and help. I highly recommend her.

Tier 1 (General) visa client – Singaporean

I would like to thank you for all the hard work you’ve done for us in the past few years! I am now finished with the whole process and had my UK Citizenship ceremony. We couldn’t have gotten this far without you!

Entry Clearance Settlement (Spouse) visa client – Canadian

Thank you for all your help. I got the visa this morning and look forward to going on holiday. See you again in 30 months for the next visa.

PEO same-day service (Spouse leave to remain) client – Thai

We are so glad that our friend recommended you to help with our ILR application and we have no doubt it may have been a different story if we were applying without your support! We appreciate your professional approach and knowledge on immigration matters and wish your business well in the future (we are sure you will be very successful). Have no doubt we will be using your services for our application for Citizenship.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (Spouse) client – Russian

The QC Immigration team has proved an absolute star on the immigration front and my son’s fiancée is now happily settled, thank you again.

Partner (Fiancée) Settlement Visa – Brazilian

Many thanks for all your work on our application, especially since I contacted you on short notice! I contacted you on Sept 22nd and we signed up with you on/around Sept 27th! So we pulled this all together a little over 3 weeks.

Premium Service (Fiancée) Partner visa client – American

You have exceeded our expectations by saving us so much time and money when organising this! Thank you for also co-operating with our investment manager and accountant to ensure everything ran smoothly.

Tier 1 Investor (Super Premium Service) client – Chinese

Naturalisation (British Citizenship) client - Dutch

EEA Permanent Residence client – Belgian

My family and I were very emotional receiving the good news today. Thank you for all your help and we will definitely recommend you to our European friends who are planning ahead after Brexit!

Naturalisation (British Citizenship) client – Dutch

My family and I were very emotional receiving the good news today. Thank you for all your help and we will definitely recommend you to our European friends who are planning ahead after Brexit!

Naturalisation (British Citizenship) client – Dutch

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