How to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain?
Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a type of permanent residency in the UK that allows foreign nationals to live and work in the country without any restrictions. After being granted ILR, individuals can apply for British citizenship. In this article, we will discuss the eligibility criteria, application process, and documentation needed to apply for ILR.
Can I apply for ILR after 5 years?
In most cases, you can apply for ILR after living in the UK for five years on a qualifying visa. However, there are some categories of migrants who may be eligible to apply for ILR earlier, such as those who are in the UK on an Investor visa, Global Talent visa, or a visa for exceptional talent.
What is the process to apply for ILR?
The process to apply for ILR involves the following steps:
- Check eligibility: The first step is to check your eligibility for ILR. You must meet the residency, immigration status, and good character requirements. You must also demonstrate your knowledge of English language and pass the Life in the UK test.
- Gather documentation: You will need to gather all the necessary documentation to support your application. This includes your passport, visa or leave to remain, proof of residence in the UK, proof of your knowledge of English language and Life in the UK, and any other documents required for your specific category.
- Complete the application form: You can complete the ILR application form online or by post. The form will ask for your personal information, immigration history, and details about your employment, education, and family.
- Pay the fee: You will need to pay the appropriate fee when you submit your application.
- Attend a biometric appointment: You will need to provide your biometric information, such as fingerprints and photograph, at a biometric appointment.
- Wait for a decision: The Home Office will process your application and notify you of the decision.
How quickly can I apply for ILR?
You can apply for ILR up to 28 days before you complete five years of residence in the UK on a qualifying visa. However, you must still meet all the eligibility requirements at the time of application. In some instances this can be applied for on a priority basis.
When can I apply for ILR after Tier 2 / Skilled worker?
If you are in the UK on a Tier 2 (General) visa or a skilled worker visa, you can apply for ILR after five years of continuous residence in the UK, provided that you meet all the eligibility requirements. You must have spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12-month period during your five years of residence.
Documentation Needed to Apply for ILR
To apply for ILR, you will need to provide the following documents:
- A valid passport
- Your current visa or leave to remain
- Proof of your residence in the UK, such as tenancy agreements, utility bills, or bank statements
- Evidence of your English language proficiency, such as a test certificate
- Proof that you have passed the Life in the UK test
- Evidence of your employment and income, such as payslips or a letter from your employer
- Evidence of your relationships, such as marriage or civil partnership certificates
In conclusion, applying for ILR can be a complex process, and it’s important to ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements and provide all the necessary documentation to support your application. If you require assistance with your application, an immigration firm can provide guidance and support throughout the process. Hurlingham Law will help represent your ILR application and assist in every aspect of your case. Contact us today to see how we can help.