Indefinite Leave to Remain

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) gives you the right to permanently live and work in the UK without restriction.

The process of applying for ILR can be complicated as there are a number of conditions that have to be met, and it’s not always clear if you are unaware of the legal process. Our experienced UK immigration team will review your situation and advise on your eligibility, guiding you through the application to minimise unnecessary delays.

Who is eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain?

Your right to receive Indefinite Leave to Remain depends on the type of visa you have and how long you have lived in the UK. Some visa categories include:

  • Investor & entrepreneur visa
  • Skilled Worker visa
  • Ancestry visa
  • Representative of an Overseas Business visa
  • EU settlement scheme (settled and pre-settled status)

How long do you have to live in the UK to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain?

For most applicants, you will need to have lived in the UK for 5 years continuously and satisfy the other elements of the visa criteria, such as financial and salary requirements.

However, if you have a tier 1 visa (investors and entrepreneurs) it may be as short as 2-3 years. Applicants with an Innovator or Global Talent visa usually only have to wait for 3 years.

What are the benefits of applying?

If you are granted Indefinite Leave to Remain you can live, work and study in the UK without the need to apply for a visa. You can also:

  • Register children born in the UK as British citizens
  • See future children automatically become British citizens
  • Sponsor certain family members to join you in the UK
  • Apply to naturalise as a British citizen

Even if you can’t apply for ILR right now, we can help you apply at a later date, or explore other options that could help you remain in the UK.

Why choose us?

We know that every immigration case is unique, which is why we take the time to understand your situation to provide appropriate guidance that adds value to your application. From investors and entrepreneurs, to senior executives and sportspeople, we know how important it is to have clarity on your immigration status and our team work hard to make your application process as easy and straightforward as possible.

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