ILR

ILR

A person who has received a British permanent residence permit (ILR) can stay in the UK without any restrictions: they have the right to live and work in the country, regardless of how long they stay in it. Upon all immigration requirements compliance, the holder of permanent residence has the right to apply for British citizenship after 12 months.

Receiving permanent residence permit involve permanent residence in this country for a fixed period of time: as a rule, you have to live in the UK for 5 years a row (in some cases, the required period of stay may be shorter). Permanent residence applicant must meet all immigration requirements that are applied for valid visas holders.

Permanent residence means that a person has been living in the UK for 180 days in a row within any 12 months comprising the reporting period.

Permanent residence obtaining requirements:

For successful  British permanent residence document submission, applicants must meet the immigration service rules. Applicants should check and confirm the immigration office requirements of their valid visa.

General terms and conditions for obtaining permanent residence:    

  • Applicants for British permanent residence are not considered under the general reasons for refusal, such as unreliability of the applicant (for example, if he had a criminal record or a poor immigration history).
  • Applicants must not break immigration rules.
  • Applicants are required to follow the rules and requirements for permanent residence stated for their categories of visas. In most cases, applicants for permanent residence must have lived in the UK for 5 years in a row, spending no more than 180 days outside the country within any 12-month period.
  • Applicants must demonstrate their English language knowledge at level B1 or higher on the CEFR (Common European Frame work of Reference) scale. There are a number of exceptions: this rule does not apply to citizens of English-speaking countries or to people who have obtained an academic degree in English.
  • Applicants for permanent residence aged 18-64 will have to pass the «Life in the UK» test (a test of knowledge of laws, history and social structure of the United Kingdom).

10 years in the UK:

Applicants have the right to apply for permanent residence if they have legally lived in the UK for 10 years in a row. This rule is also known as» long residence route» – a path to the UK based on long-term residence in the country.

Applicants has a right to apply under the 10 year route of a long stay in the UK following certain conditions:

  • The applicant has lived in the UK for 10 years in a row.
  • The applicant has to pass the «Life in the UK» test (a test of knowledge of the laws, history and social structure of the UK).
  • The applicant has to demonstrated the required level of English language proficiency.
  • An applicant in this category does not fall under the general reasons for refusal, such as unreliability of the applicant (for example, if the applicant had a criminal record or a poor immigration history).

The application processing time:

The standard permanent residence applications consideration period is 6 months. You can accelerate the application processing time if you use additional Home Office services (British International Affairs).

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