|EA Visas is the immigration industry's most trusted provider of UK immigration advice. If you would like to permanently reside in the UK, EA Visas has the expertise to handle your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application.
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Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) allows you to live in Britain permanently. It is often referred to as permanent UK residency.
An application for permanent residency in the UK can be made by people who have previously been successful in applying for a UK visa in Britain in a category leading to settlement.
EA Visas help you to obtain anything from a short-term visit visa through to long-term residency and citizenship - anything to do with UK immigration. You can find out whether you qualify by completing our online Indefinite Leave to Remain assessment form today.
A permanent resident visa for Great Britain has no time limit imposed upon it and whereas a work permit would depend upon a specific offer of employment, there are no immigration related restrictions upon the type of work or business a person with a permanent UK resident status may undertake on arrival.
There is no time limit; however, it is important to note that holders should not spend periods of more than two years outside of the United Kingdom. A long-term UK resident should consider the United Kingdom as home and spending only short periods of time in Britain may lead to the loss of ILR.
A person with ILR may be eligible to apply for British Naturalisation as a UK citizen, provided they meet the requirements for British citizenship.
For this kind of permanent UK residency application, the applicant must have a settled status in Britain. This usually means that the candidate has been resident in Great Britain on the same visa class for at least four years (excluding student visas). The only exception to this is for people on marriage visas or De Facto visas who only require two years and for periods of exceptionally long-term residency (10 years legal, or 14 years as a combination of illegal and legal residency).
Categories that can lead to an application for permanent residence in the UK include:
- Ancestry (after 5 years)
- Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) / Work Permit (after 5 years or 4 if you received your HSMP before 3 April 2006)
- Marriage / Unmarried (after 2 years)
- EU Nationals and their dependants (after 5 years)
- Long Residency (after 10 years as a legal resident or after 14 years as a combination of illegal and legal residency in the United Kingdom)
For more information on this route of UK visa application, please visit our section on applying for a Long Term Residency visa.
ILR and Marriage in Britain
If you successfully apply for permanent residency in the UK, you will be allowed to live and work in the country lawfully with no time limit or conditions on your stay.
You will also be able to apply for public benefits where eligible. In order to qualify as a permanent resident in the UK you must be able to show that you were given permission to enter or remain in the country on a marriage visa, as a husband, wife or civil partner of someone settled in the country and that the period of the visa for spouse immigration has been completed.
The marriage must still be in place and you must both intend to continue the marriage.
You will also need to provide a range of documentation, including passports and evidence of co-habitation as part of your permanent residence application.
Please note - if you wish to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK on or after 2nd April 2007 you will need to be aware of the introduction of the new rules, which requires applicants to demonstrate a sufficient understanding of the English language and life in Britain in order to qualify.
Our online Indefinite Leave to Remain assessment form is quick and easy to complete. Just answer a few straight forward questions and a Global Visas immigration consultant will contact you.