There are a number of rules around Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). In order to successfully be granted ILR, you will need to:

  • Ensure you are applying at the right time
  • Meet all the eligibility requirements
  • Provide supporting documents
  • Fill the application form accurately
  • Pay the application fee

What are the rules of ILR?

Individuals who qualify for ILR are subject to various conditions. The application rules and requirements will depend on which route you have chosen. This can be a 5-year or 10-year route, or shorter routes for certain Business Visas.

The core rules include a continuous period of legal residence in the UK, without extended absences from the country. If you lose your ILR status, you may be able to apply to re-instate, replace, or renew it.

Rules changes to Private Life

The UK Government has introduced the Appendix Private Life, which came into force on 20 June 2022. These changes aim to benefit children and young adults in the UK so that they may be able to access Indefinite Leave to Remain earlier and more easily.

Previously, a probationary period of 10 years was needed for ILR through Private Life. The changes coming into force should allow children and under-25s to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 years of qualifying residence, usually on the Private Life route.

Another key change includes the possibility for children born in the UK to apply for ILR after the first 7 years of their life to avoid having to repeatedly apply for extensions and face uncertainty about the future.

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It can be difficult to navigate changes in rules for Indefinite Leave to Remain, so you may find it helpful to have the assistance of immigration lawyers for your application.

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