Indefinite Leave To Remain - Indefinite Leave Application 

At London Solicitors we have a team of immigration solicitors and paralegals who have experience in filing and advising on all types of applications for UK Indefinite leave to remain

What is Indefinite Leave to Remain

After you have lived legally in the UK for a certain length of time, you may be able to apply for permission to settle in the UK, which is also known as ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ (ILR).


Your right to apply for ILR will depend on your current visa category. Generally, those holding a Tier 2 Work Visa, Turkish Worker Visa, Tier 1 Investor Visa or Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa may be eligible to apply for ILR after they have reached 5 years continuous leave in the UK. Those holding partner visas may also generally apply for Indefinite leave to remain after 5 years unless they are on the 10 year partner route.

Applicants will need to meet other criteria in their respective categories but generally the residency requirements for each category are similar and only a maximum number of 180 days in one calendar year absences are allowed.

The UK Home Office does offer accelerated ILR options for Tier 1 Investor and Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa applicants. For example, Entrepreneur migrants may be eligible to apply for ILR after a continuous period of 3 years in the UK if they have created at least 10 jobs or if they have established a business in the UK which has an income of at least £5m. On the other hand, Investors who have invested £5m can apply for ILR after 3 years and those who have invested £10m can apply after 2 years.

Applicants at the time of applying for ILR also need to pass the life in the UK test and an English language qualification at level B1.

Indefinite leave to remain is also possible after 10 years long residence in the UK.

This is often a complicated area of law with a heavy documentation requirement and requires particular attention and expertise. At London Solicitors our specialist immigration solicitors can help you gather the necessary documents and create effective ILR applications. Contact us for a free assessment.

Indefinite Leave To Remain - Indefinite Leave Application

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