We are a team of highly qualified, very experienced, specialist solicitors who are market-leaders in all areas of UK immigration law. With a proven track record of success, we provide confidence and peace of mind to you and your family when applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is generally granted to people who have already shown a commitment to the UK on a range of temporary visa. You might have been studying, working, or otherwise here in the UK for many different reasons, on a collection of different short term or visitor visas consistently, without a break, over a number of years. As a result, the UKVI allows for applications to live permanently in the UK.
The guidelines for applying for ILR are very strict and depend on the finer details of the visas you have currently lived and worked under. This is why having a skilled and experienced solicitor is essential to ensure your application is prepared carefully and accurately. Making mistakes could prove very costly.
Qualifying for ILR
There are many different eligibility requirements that could affect you application, and each case is entirely unique. That is why it is very important to get advice from a qualified, specialist solicitor rather than trying to find your way through a lot of general advice online. Our team of specialist solicitors have the experience and knowledge to guide you through the whole process and we provide all of our clients with the following four steps.
For example, you may qualify if you are legally:
living with with a spouse, partner, or family member;
Residing with those with Ancestral ties (See our Ancestry visa page).
The amount of time you will need to have been continuously in the UK depends on your individual circumstances. Many applicants will have to demonstrate knowledge of language and life in the UK by passing a test, and will also need to get a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). Immediate permission to remain permanently could be granted to:
a dependent child (under 18) of a British citizen, or other person settled in the UK;
refugees who are resettled in the UK through the Gateway Protection Programme.
If you need to extend a visa but don’t yet qualify for an ILR
Even if you don’t qualify for an ILR but your current visa is soon to expire, it may be possible to apply for a “Further Leave to Remain.” It might be possible to switch to another visa, but all of this depends on your unique circumstance. Either way, you must apply before your current visa expires because if you overstay that could have a significant effect on any future applications, and could result in removal.
It is very important to note that if you live outside the UK for a continuous period of 2 years or more, your settled status may be lost. If you think this might be an issue or a possibility in the future you should consider this before submitting the application, and you should discuss it with your solicitor. We excel at the bespoke, truly individual service required to assess which is the best option open to you, giving you the best possible chance to successfully acquire an ILR.
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