Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is an immigration status granted to an individual after a relevant time period has passed (depending on the circumstances it can be anywhere from 2, 3, 4, 5 or even 10 years)
A person who receives this documents will be free to reside, take up employment or study without any restrictions.
While applicants can spend up to 180 days outside the UK per year, it would be advisable to not spend more than 90 days as it may affect the chances of obtaining a British passport.
Investors need to invest at least £2 million in the UK to apply for settlement after 5 years. It is possible to qualify for accelerated settlement after 2 years if you maintain an investment of £10 million or after 4 years if you maintain an investment of £5 million.
In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain in the UK on the basis of an investment in the UK, you will need to show that:
If you have invested in a new or existing UK business and your investment has created at least 2 full-time jobs, you may apply for settlement in the UK after 5 years. Furthermore, you may be able to qualify for accelerated settlement after 3 years if you create 10 new jobs or your business receives at least £5 million in income from its activity.
In order to qualify on the basis of an investment in a new or existing business in the UK, you will need to show that:
In order to qualify for leave to remain as a Tier 2 General migrant, you will need to show that:
After spending 5 years in the UK as the spouse, civil partner, unmarried partner, dependant or child of a British or European citizen, you may be eligible for settlement in the UK.
In order to qualify you will need to show that:
You will be adequately maintained, accommodated and cared for in the UK by your family member, without recourse to public funds
For adult dependants:
In order to qualify for settlement under the 10 year rule, you will have to show that:
Your residence must be unbroken. It will be broken if:
If you are able to establish 10 years continuous lawful residence UKVI will consider if there are any public interest against your settlement.They will take into account:
How do I know when to apply for settlement
It will depend on your circumstances and the type of visa you have. However, the basic time you can apply for settlement is after 5 years.
Can my family apply for settlement
Yes, your family can apply for settlement with you.
Can I apply for settlement faster
Yes, but it will depend on the type of visa you have. If you have a Investor, Entrepreneur, or Turkish businessperson visa it may be possible to apply faster.
I am a student can I settle
As a student you must either switch to a different visa (like Tier 1 or 2) or apply under long residency rules after 10 years.
I am a European how should I apply
European nationals should apply under permanent residence not ILR.
Will I be able to apply for a British passport after settlement
If you successfully receive your settlement documentation you can apply for Naturalisation (British Passport) after you have lived here in total 6 years (conditions apply).
Are there any restrictions to workers
Workers (Tier 2) who wish to apply for settlement must earn £35 000 before the date of application.
Why do I need to settle
After your extension you must settle, switch your visa or leave the UK.
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