Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), sometime known as settlement or permanent settlement, is permission to stay in the UK on permanent basis granted by the Home Office, UKVI. If you have ILR or ILE there is no longer any time limit on your ability to stay in the UK. If you have ILR or ILE and your permanent home is in the UK you are regarded as settled in the UK. As specialist ILR solicitors, we can provide expert legal help and assistance with ILR or ILE applications.

Specialist ILR Solicitors

Our expert team of ILR solicitors are specialists in dealing with all types of Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications. As specialist ILR solicitors, we have wealth of knowledge and experience to provide high quality legal services for ILR applications. Our ILR solicitors have helped thousands of applicants with their Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications. The high quality of our legal services is self-evident from the reviews of our clients for excellent immigration services provided by our highly experienced and qualified immigration lawyers.

As expert ILR solicitors based in LondonManchester and Birmingham, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for ILR applications whereby decision on your ILR application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the enrolment of your biometrics at a designated service centre.

Our ILR solicitors can prepare and submit your ILR application to the Home Office, UKVI through ILR - Super Priority Service and get decision on your ILR application within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

What Are The Most Common Requirements For Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR)?

Most applicants for ILR are required to satisfy the following requirements to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK:

Residence Requirement

You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK once you have lived in the UK for a certain number of years as required by the Immigration Rules. In most visa categories, an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) can only be made to the Home Office UKVI once the applicant has lived in the UK for a continuous period of at least 5 years. In certain visa categories, an accelerated route to settlement is available whereby the applicant can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) even before completion of 5 years residence in the UK. An application for ILR can be made 28 days prior to completion of the ILR qualifying period.

Absences From The UK

Almost all the work visa categories require all the ILR applicants not to be absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 months during the ILR qualifying period. Such restriction of 180 days does not apply to ILR applications as family members of British Citizens and settled persons.

Not Falling For Refusal On General Grounds

The applicant's application for ILR should not fall for refusal on general grounds. The general grounds for refusal are set out in Part 9 of the Immigration Rules. A person who has non-custodial sentence or other out of court disposal within last 24 months of the date of application for ILR falls for refusal on general grounds by virtue of paragraph 322(1)(C) of the Immigration Rules.

Life In The UK Test

With the exception of very few categories, all applicants for ILR are required to pass Life in the UK test before applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK. All applicants over the age of 65 and under the age of 18 are exempt from meeting the Life in the UK test requirement. It may also be possible to seek exemption from meeting this requirement on medical grounds.

English Language Proficiency At Level B1

With the exception of very few categoreis, all applicants for ILR are required to meet the English proficiency at level B1 of CEFR in listening and speaking only before applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK. All applicants over the age of 65 and under the age of 18 are exempt from meeting the English language requirement. It may also be possible to seek exemption from meeting this requirement on medical grounds.

Most Popular ILR Applications

Following are the most popular ILR services offered by our expert team of ILR solicitors in LondonManchester or Birmingham.

ILR As Family Members Of British Citizens & Settled Persons

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for following ILR applications as family members of British Citizens or settled persons. Our expert team of immigration solicitors can provide ILR Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) or ILR Priority Service (decision within 5 working days) for most of the ILR applications as family members of British Citizen or settled person.

ILR For Work Visa Holders

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for following ILR applications for work visa holders. Our expert team of immigration solicitors can provide ILR Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) or ILR Priority Service (decision within 5 working days) for most of the ILR applications as work visa holders.

ILR For Work Visa Dependants

Our expert team of work visa solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for following ILR applications for work visa dependants. We can provide ILR Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) or ILR Priority Service (decision within 5 working days) for most of the ILR applications as work visa dependants.

ILR On The Basis Of Private Life & Discretionary Leave

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for following ILR applications on the basis of Private and Discretionary Leave. We can provide ILR Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) or ILR Priority Service (decision within 5 working days) for most of the ILR applications on the basis private life and discretionary leave.

ILR Applications By Members Of HM Forces & Their Family Members

Our expert team of immigration solicitors in LondonManchester and Birmingham can provide fast, friendly, reliable and fixed fee legal services for following ILR applications by members of HM Forces & their Family Members. We can provide ILR Super Priority Service (decision within 24 hours) or ILR Priority Service (decision within 5 working days) for most of the ILR applications for members of HM Forces and their family members.

Miscellaneous Other ILR/PR Applications

FAQs - ILR As Health and Care Worker

I am currently on Tier 2 General visa and I have got a new job which makes me eligible to apply for Health and Care worker visa. Can I apply for ILR after combining my 5 years stay under Tier 2 General and Health and Care worker visa

You can combine time spent under Tier 2 General visa with time spent under Health and Care Worker visa to apply for ILR after 5 years as a Health and Care worker.

FAQs - ILR Skilled Worker Visa

When can I apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker 28 days before you complete 5 years qualifying period for ILR.

How can I apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker online using application form SET (O).

Can I apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker using Super Priority Service or Priority Service?

You can apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker using Super Priority Service for decision within 24 hours or using Priority Service for decision within 5 working days.

Our specialist team of Skilled Worker visa solicitors can provide expert legal help and assistance with your application for ILR as a Skilled Worker.

What is qualifying period requirement for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

The applicant must have spent a continuous period of 5 years in the UK, consisting of time with permission in any of, or any combination of, the following routes:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Global Talent
  • Innovator
  • T2 Minister of Religion / Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)
  • T2 Sportsperson / Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
  • Representative of an Overseas Business
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Investor)
  • Tier 1 (General)

The most recent permission must have been in either the Skilled Worker or Tier 2 (General) route. An applicant does not need to have switched from Tier 2 (General) to Skilled Worker before applying for settlement as a Skilled Worker, as the definition of Skilled Worker in the Immigration Rules includes those with permission in the Tier 2 (General) route.

What is the continuous residence requirement for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

The applicant must meet the continuous residence requirement as set out in Appendix Continuous Residence during the qualifying period for ILR as a Skilled Worker / Tier 2 General Migrant.

Do I need to meet the Life in the UK test and English language requirement for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

To apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker, you must meet the Knowledge of Life in the UK requirement as set out in Appendix KOL UK.

You do not need to meet an English language requirement for settlement, as you will have met this in your previous Skilled Worker visa application.

Can I combine time spent under ECAA Turkish Worker visa or Turkish ECAA Businessperson visa with time spent under Skilled Worker visa to apply for ILR as a Skilled Worker?

No, you are not allowed to combine time spent under ECAA Turkish Worker visa or ECAA Turkish Businessperson visa with time spent under Skilled Worker visa to apply for ILR after 5 years as a Skilled Worker. Your qualifying time for ILR as a Skilled Worker will start from scratch once you switch from ECAA Turkish Wroker visa or ECAA Turkish Businessperson visa to Skilled Worker visa.

FAQs - ILR Skiled Worker / Tier 2 General Dependants

Currently me and my wife are on indefinite leave to remain visa and our daughter is on tier 2 dependent visa and her visa is expiring end of this month. She has completed 3 years on tier 2 dependent visa. She was born outside the UK. Can we directly apply for her indefinite leave to remain or do we need to apply tier 2 dependent visa again so that we can complete 5 years under same category and then we can apply for ILR?

If both parents are holding ILR in the UK, the child can apply for ILR and there is no minimum residence requirement for the ILR application of your child. You can apply for ILR for your child without having to apply for extension of the dependant visa.

FAQs - ILR Applications

Can I apply for ILR 28 days before completion of 5 years or 28 days before the expiry of my current visa after I have completed 5 years?

If you are on spouse visa, your qualifying time for ILR would start from the date of your first entry in the UK and not from the date you were granted entry clearance (UK visa). If you are on a work visa, your time for qualifying for ILR can start from the date the entry clearance was granted and not necessarily from the date of first entry in the UK. You will be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) 28 days before completion of 5 years and you do not necessarily have to wait for 28 days before the expiry of your current visa.

FAQs - ILR As Dependant Of Global Talent Migrant

Can a spouse of Global Talent applicant apply for ILR after 5 years even if the husband (main applicant) does not want to apply for ILR?

It is not possible to apply for ILR as a Dependant where they application is neither applying for ILR nor has already been granted ILR.

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You can choose to book an appointment with one of the following immigration solicitors and lawyers depending on the type of your UK visa and immigration matter:

Mr Arshad Mahmood (Managing Director / Solicitor)

Areas of Expertise

Work Visas | Sponsor Licence | Student Visa | Dependants Of Work Visa Holders | BNO Visa | Applications For Adopted Children | Applications For Surrogate Children

Mr Amir Naviwala (Director / Solicitor)

Areas of Expertise

Family Visa | EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Applications | Long Residence Applications | Private Life Applications | Adult Dependent Relative (ADR) Applications | Naturalisation Applications | Visitor Visas

Ms. Nargis Khodadady (Immigration Solicitor)

Areas of Expertise

Skilled Worker Visa | Sponsor Licence | Dependants Of Work Visa Holders | Family Visas | Private Life Applications | Long Residence Applications | Naturalisation As A British Citizen

Yogita Sharma (Immigration Solicitor)

Areas of Expertise

Skilled Worker Visa | Sponsor Licence | Dependants Of Work Visa Holders | Family Visas | Private Life Applications | Long Residence Applications | Naturalisation As A British Citizen

Mr Abdul Mutee (Immigration Solicitor)

Areas of Expertise

Compensation For Unlawful Immigration Detention

Mr Muhammad Usman Rasheed (Senior Immigration Caseworker)

Areas of Expertise

Skilled Worker Visa | Dependants Of Work Visa Holders | Family Visa | Long Residence Applications | Private Life Applications | Naturalisation Applications | Visitor Visas

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