Checklist for Indefinite Stay
The UK Settlement Visa (normally known as Indefinite Leave to Remain) is used to allow eligible immigrants to live in the UK without time restrictions. It is ultimately the aim of many immigrants who choose to make their new life in the UK. In this article, we will look at settlement in the UK and the checklist for success to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.
What are the ways to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain?
There are a few routes to gaining Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK. These generally consist of either living in the UK for 5 years under an applicable visa route such as Tier 2 General Visas or via the Refugee or Humanitarian routes.
By gaining Indefinite Leave to Remain, you ensure your long-term status in the UK and can live without time restrictions in the UK.
Is this the same as being a British citizen?
No, ILR is short of being a British citizen and you will not be eligible for a British passport with it. You will, after 12 months of having ILR, be able to apply to become a Naturalised British citizen and if granted you can then apply for a British passport.
Many immigrants use Indefinite Leave to Remain to become a British citizen and then also gain the benefits of EU citizenship, this of course is likely to be affected by Brexit and it is not yet known what the future rights will be for British passport holders.
Are there any other requirements for gaining Indefinite Leave to Remain?
Yes, you will generally need to be normally resident in the UK and this means that you should not have long gaps of being outside of the country. If you have spent more than 540 days outside of the UK in the last 5 years or indeed more than 90 days in any one year then you will not be eligible. It is for this reason that you must ensure to stay on top of your absences from the country as they will be monitored.
You will need to be of good character as well, this in practical terms means that you will need to have not been in trouble with the police and have kept to the rules of your visa during your time in the UK.
Where can I go for more help with Indefinite Leave to Remain?
If you have any more questions with regards to Indefinite Leave to Remain – or indeed any other immigration query then please get in touch. We have a team of specialist immigration advisors who can help with your case and can even help with your application.
So for more advice or information then please get in touch today to see how we can help you with your immigration query.