Before you can obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), you will need to go through the application process. Generally speaking, this involves making sure you meet the eligibility and legal requirements for the route applicable to you (2, 3, 5, or 10 years), and gathering the necessary documentation to prove that you do.

Once you have gathered the supporting documents and determined the best time to submit, you may proceed with the application.

How to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain

All applications can be made online through the Home Office website.

Applying online

The Home Office has different forms available, depending on the circumstances of your application:

  1. You are applying as the partner or the parent of someone already settled in the UK:
  2. You are applying under the 10-year route:
  3. You are applying under certain categories for shorter ILR routes:
  4. You are applying for ILR as a refugee or have discretionary leave:

You must ensure that you are applying through the correct form that suits your situation. If you require help to successfully submit the correct application form, please contact our experienced team to discuss your case.

Filling the application form

Applications can be filled out online, and the Home Office gives you the option to save your progress, so you can continue at a later time if required. This ensures you have the time to finish gathering documents and provide the full answers. It is vital to ensure the form is filled as accurately and clearly as possible, to increase your chances of success.

The online form will take you through multiple steps and questions, first with introduction questions and queries related to your application, followed by the opportunity to upload documents. The final steps include a declaration, and you will need to pay your application fee at this point. Any further actions will be highlighted before the Home Office confirms that your ILR application has been received.

When you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain

You may submit your ILR application upon completing your qualifying UK residence period. This must be before your current visa expires, or within 28 days before the completion of the residential period – whichever is sooner.

Need help with your application?

Our team of immigration lawyers has a wealth of experience with ILR applications – even the more complex ones – and an impressive track record of successfully helping individuals obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain. If you’d like to discuss your case today, please get in touch with our team.

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