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Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) for Skilled Workers: Settling Permanently in the UK


For skilled workers seeking to reside permanently in the UK, Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) provides a pathway to settle. Bailey James Legal assists in understanding the significance of ILR and provides guidance throughout the process.

What are the benefits of holding Indefinite Leave to remain in the UK?

ILR grants you the perpetual right to: -

  • Reside in the UK without time limitations –

  • Work in the UK without restrictions –

  • Study in the UK without time constraints.

Upon acquiring ILR, your stay in the UK becomes indefinite, and your residence is no longer subject to any time limits. If you maintain your primary residence in the UK while holding ILR, you are deemed to be "settled" in the country.

Meeting the criteria

To become eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Continuous Residency: You have consistently lived in the UK for at least 5 years and have made positive contributions to the country. You must not have been absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 month period.

  • Appropriate Income: Your job and salary should meet the requirements at the time of your application and remain the same for the foreseeable future, which your employer will confirm for you.

  • Current Status: You must be currently holding a Tier 2 (General) or Skilled Worker visa to be eligible for ILR.

Language and Life in the UK

To obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK, it is essential to integrate into British society. If you are between 18 and 64, prepare by taking the Life in the UK Test. This exam tests your understanding of British culture, history, and values, which will help you connect with the community and strengthen your application for ILR. 

When to apply

It's crucial to plan thoroughly for your ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) application. You can apply 28 days before completing 5 years of residency on a qualifying visa. Rushing or waiting too long can affect your chances, so gather all the required documents and make sure your application shows that you meet the eligibility criteria and are serious about staying in the UK long-term. Contact a competent immigration law firm like Bailey James Legal for advice, prior to making your application.

Application process
  • Contact Bailey James Legal to assist you complete your online application and submit your visa application conveniently.

  • Current Home Office Fees and Biometrics: £2,885 for each applicant to cover application fees and biometrics (fingerprints and facial scans).

  • Processing Times: Expedite the process by selecting priority services (subject to availability); this will guarantee a decision within a specific timeframe, unless contacted by the Home Office.

Start your ILR application

Achieving Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a skilled worker is not just a legal formality; it is a reflection of your commitment and the positive impact you have made in the United Kingdom. The recognition of your abilities and experience in your new country fills you with confidence as you embark on the journey towards permanent residency.

Seek guidance from an expert

We understand the importance of personalised guidance in immigration matters. Our highly experienced Immigration Specialist is available to assist you with the entire process. Their expertise ensures that you make informed decisions and navigate the immigration process smoothly to reach your desired settlement outcome. 

Please note that the information provided here is intended to be informative only. If you require personalised legal advice regarding immigration matters, it is advisable to seek the services of a qualified immigration professional.

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