To obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), you must first ensure that you are eligible and meet all the minimum requirements. Failing to do so may result in your application being rejected, so we highly recommend taking the time to go through the information, and enlist the help of immigration lawyers if you need additional support on your case.

ILR application requirements

While some of the requirements may apply to all routes, some will be specific depending on what visa you currently hold and which route you are applying under.

2, 3 and 5-year routes

If you hold a Work Visa and have been in the UK for 5 years, you may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. You will need to provide documentation to show that you have been lawfully working in the UK for the required amount of time.

Some visas may enable you to apply after 2 or 3 years. These include:

Some Family Visas may also qualify for 2 or 5-year routes. These visas will have additional requirements to prove your relationship with either your partner, parents or children.

There are other visas that may be eligible so please get in touch if you have any queries regarding your case.

10-year route requirements

This longer route may also be applicable to parents and partners, but also other individuals who have accumulated 10 years of lawful residence in the UK.

For all routes, you will need to demonstrate that you have been continuously fulfilling the requirements of your current visa route, and that you have not been absent from the UK for extended periods of time.

Key criteria you need to fulfil

Once you’ve assessed that you are eligible for your chosen route, the Indefinite Leave to Remain requirements you will need to meet include and do not limit to:

  • Passing the Life in the UK Test
  • Demonstrating your knowledge of the English Language
  • Showing that you meet the financial requirements

Need further guidance?

If you would like specific advice on your case, you can book a consultation with one of our expert immigration lawyers. Our knowledgeable team has decades of experience working with the Home Office, and some of our team have previously worked for the Home Office, so we can build a strong case with exceptional chances of obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain. Please get in touch here.

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