This is not the same as Naturalisation or Citizenship, where you would be given the right to a passport and the full rights of a UK citizen and EU citizen. Indefinite leave to Remain can lapse if you remain away from the UK for longer than 2 years.
Indefinite leave to remain in the UK, otherwise known as ‘settlement’ means that you can stay in the UK without any time restrictions. You can enter the UK to live and work and are no longer subject to immigration controls so long as you abide by UK laws and remain a resident in the UK.
Applicants must now complete a “Life in the UK” test to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of life in the UK and the English language.
We offer the following services for Indefinite Leave to Remain:
- Indefinite Leave to Remain – Spouse
If you are the spouse of a person present and settled in the UK, you can apply for indefinite Leave to Remain
- Indefinite Leave to Remain - tier 1 Entrepreneur Route
If you have spent the time and money necessary to build a successful business in the United Kingdom, we can assist you with applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain so you can grow your business without having to worry about visa restrictions. You will generally be required to wait five years before you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, however, if your business is turning over £5 million or it has created 10 or more jobs, then you may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after just three years.
- Indefinite Leave to Remain - Ten Years Long Residence
If you have been residing in the UK lawfully and continuously for ten years or more, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, provided you meet the other relevant criteria.
- Indefinite Leave to Remain - Twenty Years Long Residence / Private Route
Individuals living in the UK for twenty years or more (either lawfully or unlawfully), can apply for Leave to Remain on the grounds of private life.
- Indefinite Leave to Remain – As a Victim of Domestic Violence
There are special provisions under UK immigration law which allow individuals who come to the UK under a spouse or partner visa to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain immediately, if they experience domestic violence within their relationship.
- Indefinite Leave to Remain as a Dependant Child
If you have successfully settled in the UK, the UK Government will permit you to bring any dependent children under the age of 18 years into the country with you.
When making plans to bring a dependent child to the UK, certain conditions must be met in order for the child to gain indefinite leave to enter, they are as follows:
- The child must be under 18 years old
- At least one parent must be settled in the UK
- The child cannot be married or have formed an independent family unit
- There must be sufficient money to support the child without having to use public funds
- Indefinite Leave to Remain – As a Refugee
If you are a recognised refugee under the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, then you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain following five years continuous residence in the UK.