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Indefinite Leave to Remain

An indefinite leave to remain (ILR) is a permission granted by the Home Office to permanently reside in the UK without immigration restrictions. As a result, if you are looking to settle in the UK and want to enjoy all the benefits that living and working in Britain provides, we are here to help.

ILR may be acquired through a number of ways depending on the nature and circumstances affecting each individual’s case. The table below illustrates the time period for the most common ILR applications.

Immigration Category Period required to obtain ILR(Years)
UK Ancestry 5
Entrepreneur 5
Investor 5
Long Residence Rule – 10 years lawful 10
Long Residence Rule – 14 years unlawful 14
Spouse 2
Sole representative 5
Tier 1 5
Tier 2 5
Unmarried partner 2
Work permit 5
Writers, Composer & Artist 5


If you are unsure as to whether you satisfy the requirements to settle and permanently reside in the UK, contact us and speak to one of our experienced immigration advisors.

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