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Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK

General visa criteria:

  • Must have resided in the UK on a settlement visa for either 2 years or 5 depending on particular settlement visa
  • Passed the Life in the UK Test
Take a FREE online Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Visa Assessment

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Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

The correct terminology for full or permanent residency is indefinite leave to remain (ILR). You can apply for ILR in several ways depending upon your UK immigration status.

ILR allows you to remain in the UK for an indefinite period, on condition you intend to remain present and settled here. If you leave the country for a continuous period of 2 years or more, it is usually deemed by the authorities that you are no longer present and settled, and you may have your ILR revoked.

ILR allows you to work without restriction in the UK. It allows you to exit and re-enter the country multiple times. You are free of immigration control.

You may wish to consider applying under any of the following circumstances:

  • Shortly prior to the expiry of a 2 year marriage visa
  • Shortly prior to the expiry of a 5 year ancestry visa
  • Once having held work permit status in the UK for 5 years
  • Once having legally spent 10 years in the UK
  • Once having spent 14 years in the UK
  • Once having spent continuous 5 years in UK as an investor
  • Once having spent continuous 5 years in UK as a writer, composer, or artist
  • Once having spent continuous 5 years in UK as a retired person of independent means

Most applicants for ILR will be required to have passed the Life in the UK Test.

Call now to speak to a 1st Contact consultant about how we can help you to apply for a long residency visa or contact us for a free Indefinite Leave to Remain assessment.

Why 1st Contact?

When you apply for a visa, you have two options:

  1. You can take the DIY route and work directly through the UK Border Agency website  
  2. You can work through an agency like 1st Contact Visas.

While doing things yourself could save you money in the short term, the benefits of working with us could outweigh many risks and implications that you could face in the long run.

With us, you get:

  • Help with your specific application. We don't believe that any visa application is generic – you have a different background and may have very unique needs from the next applicant.
  • Industry expertise. We're known for being specialists in the immigration industry. With over 250 staff in our London, Melbourne and Cape Town offices, we have the knowledge and resources to make sure your migration journey runs smoothly.
  • Dedicated consultants, here to talk you through your visa options.
  • Less stress. We apply on your behalf, and take care of the admin for you.
  • No gimmicks. If you don't get the visa, we don’t charge for our services.