Indefinite Leave to Remain
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a type of permanent residence status that allows you to live and work in the UK without any time restrictions. It is also known as settlement.
To be eligible for ILR, you must have lived in the UK for a certain length of time and meet specific requirements.
The requirements vary depending on the type of visa you currently hold, and your individual circumstances.
For individuals who are in the UK on a Skilled Worker visa – previously known as a Tier 2 (General) visa - you must have lived in the UK for five continuous years and must have been employed by a UK employer who holds a valid sponsor license for the duration of your stay in the UK. You must also meet the English Language requirement and the Life in the UK test.
For individuals who are in the UK on a Spouse or Partner visa, you must have lived in the UK for five continuous years and must have been living with your spouse or partner for the duration of your stay in the UK. You must also meet the English Language requirement and the Life in the UK test.
To apply for ILR, you must complete an application form and provide supporting documents, such as your passport, biometric residence permit, and evidence of meeting the criteria.
The application fee for ILR is currently £2,404 per person.
Once you are granted ILR, you will have the legal right to live and work in the UK indefinitely.
You may also be eligible to apply for British citizenship (naturalisation), provided you meet the eligibility criteria.
It is important to note that there are certain circumstances in which an individual's ILR status may be revoked or invalidated. For example, if you commit a serious criminal offence or if you leave the UK for a continuous period of more than two years.