Indefinite Leave to Remain2018-11-17T21:01:58+00:00

Indefinite Leave To Remain

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) confirms your right to live in the UK permanently, without any time limit and free from immigration control. Indefinite Leave to Remain is also sometimes understood as Settlement or Permanent Residence. I most cases, obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain is necessary to be eligible for British Citizenship.

In what ways can you obtain Indefinite Leave To Remain?

To be eligible for Indefinite Leave To Remain, you must first be in the UK on a category that leads to settlement for a period stipulated under one of the qualifying categories. The potential routes to ILR include:

2 years’ route towards obtaining ILR:

  • Tier 1 Investor (Accelerated route)

3 years’ route towards obtaining ILR:

  • Tier 1 Investor (Accelerated route)
  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur (Accelerated route)

 5 years’ route towards obtaining ILR / PR:

  • Tier 1 Investor
  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur
  • Tier 1 General / Highly-Skilled Migrant
  • Tier 2 General (Work)
  • Partner (Spouse, Unmarried Partner, Civil Partner, Same-sex Partner)
  • EEA Residence Card
  • Parent
  • Ancestry
  • Asylum

6 years’ route towards obtaining ILR:

  • Discretionary Leave to Remain

10 years’ route towards obtaining ILR:

  • Long Residence
  • Partner (Spouse, Unmarried Partner, Civil Partner, Same-sex Partner)
  • Parent
  • Private Life

How do I Qualify for ILR?

Once you complete your continuous period of lawful residence in the UK, you do not automatically qualify for ILR. You must submit an application along with your evidence of eligibility. Evidence of eligibility for Indefinite Leave To Remain includes:

  • Continue fulfilling the relevant requirements of your current visa route
  • Continuous lawful residence in the UK for the required qualify period
  • Demonstrate knowledge of language and life in the UK (unless exempt)
    • Pass the Life in the UK test
    • Meet the English language test or qualification requirements

When can I apply for ILR?

The general rule of thumb is that you can usually apply for ILR upon completion of your residential period before your visa expires or within 28 days before the completion of your residential period, whichever is sooner.

Life in the UK test

You will need to show that you Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK (KOLL) by taking the Life in the UK Test (LUK) and producing an English test certificate or qualification above the CEFR Level B1. Once you have passed the test, you do not need to retake it to qualify for British Citizenship.

If you are under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 you are exempt from this requirement.

How can QC-Immigration help with your ILR application?

  • Determine the earliest date you can apply
  • If you fail to meeting specific eligibility criteria for your settlement route
  • If your circumstances have changed since being granted the visa
  • If you have excessive number of days out of the UK within the recognized period of time
  • If you have criminal convictions
  • If you have gaps in your work, relationship etc.
  • If you have failed to pay taxes and keep HMRC updated 

Indefinite Leave to Remain is lost through absence from the United Kingdom for a period exceeding two years continuously.

If you lost your Indefinite Leave to Remain, you must apply for a Returning Resident visa before attempting to enter the UK.

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Allyson Kolan
Allyson Kolan
12:15 19 Mar 18
My husband and I could never have navigated the spouse visa process without Qiyin. She is incredibly knowledgeable and really cares about her clients. I will absolutely be working with Qiyin in the future and recommend her highly. A massive thanks to her for making everything work out!
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islam gias uddin
15:15 11 Mar 18
This is the best company in London. I really recommend EU citizens who wants to bring their family. Thanks Qiyin and Lesley.
Malgorzata Leskiewicz
Malgorzata Leskiewicz
13:35 06 Mar 18
What a amazing team to work with, very professional and caring. They are very well organised and communicative.I will recommend to everyone.
Nick Pantelireis
Nick Pantelireis
15:35 24 Jan 18
Very professional service providing information on documents I needed beforehand and answering questions via email. Then in person went through documents establishing gaps in the application and what further documents I should look to get hold of. Very comprehensive and very thorough. I believe the quality of the application and the speed with which QC put it together led to a decision from the home office within a month after submitting. Highly recommended!
fabrizio giani
fabrizio giani
09:35 18 Feb 17
I have been assisted by QC Immigration for my EEA Permanent Residence application. My case was not a standard one, with many interruptions in the presence in the UK due to my job. I have been guided through the difficult interpretation of the law to prepare and submit a robust application that was approved even more swiftly than the average normal times. I would highly recommend the services of QC Immigration.
Mazi Bahadori
Mazi Bahadori
18:21 13 Feb 17
Qiyin assisted my wife and I with a difficult visa transfer in an efficient, quick and cost-effective manner. She clearly outlined the process from the beginning, kept us fully informed through each step, and delivered our desired outcome at an incredibly reasonable cost. We would recommend her to anyone without hesitation.
Maheen Sadiq
Maheen Sadiq
14:44 13 Feb 17
Qiyin was absolutely wonderful throughout the process of my spouse visa application. Her guidance and advice made the process very easy, and she worked very closely with me and my husband, addressing all our questions and concerns. Thanks to QC Immigration, we had no issues once our application was filed, and my visa was granted within 3 weeks!
Jessica Spitzer
Jessica Spitzer
13:59 12 Feb 17
Whilst a lot of my colleagues/friends’ EEA Permanent Residency applications were unsuccessful, my application was approved faster than the anticipated time (less than 6 months). This wouldn’t have been possible without QC Immigration’s team strong legal expertise, ability to predict potential complications and thoroughness. Their approach was very personable whilst always remaining professional. Thank you again for making this so easy within stressful times.
Amin Khosravi
Amin Khosravi
07:56 08 Feb 17
Excellent service. QC responded promptly, provided me with thorough, precise and easy to follow advice. Exactly what I needed when I was stressing about my daughter's citizenship status. Thank you so much.
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