Indefinite leave to remain allows you to live and work in the UK without any immigration restrictions and one can be employed or self-employed.
Indefinite leave to remain is also known as Settlement or Permanent Residence. Indefinite leave to remain allows you to live and work in the UK without any immigration restrictions and one can be employed or self-employed.
Furthermore, once you obtain your Indefinite leave to remain, you may qualify to acquire British Citizenship.
Who Can Apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain?
– Any holders of a working visa under the PBS system (Points Based System).
– Current holders of a Dependent Visa or Partner Visa and longer term residents of the UK, i.e. those who have been in the country for ten years can also apply.
– Completing 5 years continuous residence on a UK Ancestry visa OR Completing 5 Years continuous residence on an eligible work visa category also entitles you to apply.
If you have completed 5 years on Tier 2 general status you also qualify to apply for indefinite leave to remain.
You must meet the English language and Life requirements in the U.K. and still be needed by your current employer, while also meeting the continuous residence requirements.
You can also apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain as a Husband/Wife/Civil Partner of a British Citizen or a Settled person.
The requirements are that you have completed a period of 5 years in the UK, with a visa or permission to remain here in this category and that you are still the husband, wife or civil partner of the person specified in your visa.
The marriage or civil partnership is existing and genuine (not a ‘marriage of convenience’, for example) AND you and your partner both intend to live together permanently as husband and wife or civil partners.
A requirement of this is that you have adequate accommodation where both of you and any dependants can live without needing public funds, support yourselves and any dependants without needing of public funds, along with having no unspent convictions.
You must also have enough knowledge of the English language and life in the UK.
Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain on the basis of completing Long Residence in the UK is a possibility.
Settlement can be granted under paragraphs 276A-276D of the Immigration Rules after a period of 10 years continuous lawful residence OR 20 years continuous residence of any legality.
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