Applying for Settlement
You can apply to settle in the UK permanently if you’ve been in the UK legally for 5 continuous years on Tier 2 general visa.
This can be longer in other immigration categories. Our immigration experts have the experience and expertise to assist you with your application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Given that a successful application will grant you permanent residency in the UK, there are strict criteria set out under the Immigration Rules that you must satisfy.
How can we help with your ILR Application?
We can closely assist you throughout your ILR application to ensure that you meet these requirements. Our services include a full document check and the completion of your application form to a high standard. Your consultant will also write a Letter of Representation, which will be sent to the Home Office with your application. This letter details your case and discusses its merits. It also makes reference to any UK immigration laws or other immigration cases which support your application. We will also help you prepare for your ‘Life in the UK test’ and liaise with the Home Office where appropriate.
Call +44 2038 97 3535 or Get in touch online now to speak to one of our immigration lawyers about your application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
To make an application you must already be in the UK and in many cases will need to demonstrate a knowledge of language and life, although certain applicants are exempt from this requirement including children (under 18), parents, grandparents and other dependent relatives of people present and settled in the UK, or those residing in the UK as a refugee.
You will need to demonstrate your knowledge of the English language and UK life by passing the Life in the UK test and meeting the English Language requirements. You will not need to pass the English Language requirements for ILR if you hold a recognised qualification in English, have a degree that was taught or researched in English or you are a national of an English-speaking country.
As part of your ILR application, you will need to enrol your fingerprints and facial image (known as biometric information) and obtain a biometric residence permit. This will confirm your immigration status and entitlements.
You will also need to pay the Indefinite Leave to Remain fee which currently stands at £2,389 per applicant.
Most typically, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years’ continuous residence in the UK.
However, for some applicants, you may have to wait as long as 10 years before you can apply for your ILR Visa. This will depend on the type of visa you have been using to live in the UK, as well as a number of other requirements.
If you do not yet qualify for ILR you may be able to extend your existing visa temporarily. This is known as Further Leave to Remain.
If you came here as a visitor, in most cases you cannot extend your permission to stay beyond six months, although in limited circumstances you may be able to switch to a different visa category.
You must also apply to extend your stay before your existing permission expires – as an overstayer will risk an order for enforced removal.
Your settled status may be lost if you have lived abroad for a continuous period of two years or more.
Yes, you will need to sit the Life in the UK test as part of your application for citizenship or settlement if you are between the ages of 18 and 65.
The test is a standard exam that is geared to test your knowledge of British traditions, customs. history and culture.
To pass the test and make sure you satisfy this section of the eligibility requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain, you must score 75% or above.
There is a fee to take the test and you must pay the fee for every attempt of the test you make, although you may take it as many times as you need to.
If you would like any further information on how to prepare for the Life in the UK test then contact one of our experienced consultants who would be happy to help with your test or ILR visa.
It is highly likely that any unspent convictions will affect your application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) under the suitability requirements, although this does depend on the type of conviction and the individual circumstances.
If the conviction is spent then there is still a chance that this could affect your ILR application, again, this will depend on the type of conviction.
We would strongly recommend talking to an immigration specialist about your conviction before putting together your application to ensure you have the best possible chance of success.
We can assist with all applications for Further and Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, including appeals in the event of a refusal.
Our immigration experts have an exceptional track record in Indefinite Leave to Remain applications.Our services include:
- liaising with you in person, via phone or Skype at a time that suits you;
- assessing your eligibility for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR);
- checking your documents to ensure that they are sufficient for your application;
- preparing a Letter of Representation to accompany your application;
- liaising with the Home Office during your application process;
- completing your application form to a high standard to ensure there are no mistakes made;
- helping you prepare for the ‘Life in the UK test’;
- helping you meet your English Language requirements.
Please do not hesitate to contact one of our immigration consultant using our online contact form or call +44 2038 97 3535 for more information on ILR visas or applying for ILR.