Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) permanent residency is under EU Law.
If you are a citizen of a foreign country living in the UK, you may be able to apply for permanent residency, provided you satisfy specific criteria. Demonstrating this can be a confusing and complicated process, but the specialist immigration lawyers at The Sethi Partnership Solicitors are on hand to help. We can advise on the most appropriate type of application for your circumstances and will guide you through the application process as simply and straightforwardly as possible.
What is ILR?
ILR gives you the right to live, work and study in the UK without immigration restrictions for an indefinite period. At the same time, you will retain your foreign citizenship and passport. Holders of ILR can, over time, become entitled to apply for British citizenship, also known as naturalisation, if they satisfy further criteria.
Who is eligible for ILR status?
When you become eligible to apply for ILR will depend on the type of UK visa you hold:
- Partner of a British citizen or person settled in the UK visa: after two years if visas were issued before 9th July 2012, five or ten years if visas were issued on or after this date.
- Tier 1 visa: after five years
- Tier 2 visa: after five years in limited circumstances only
- UK ancestry visa: after five years
- Retired person visa: after five years
- Discretionary Leave to Remain: / 10 years
- Long Residence: after ten years of continuous legal residence