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Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

Indefinite Leave to Remain(ILR)

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a residence permit that the government has issued for overseas workers working in any department in the UK for the past five years. It can be a healthcare department, social work, judiciary, army, or sponsorship job. Although a Tier 2 Visa holder is eligible for this application, his dependents can apply for (ILR) too. If you successfully acquire the ILR, you can stay, study, work, and do business in the UK for as long as you want.Have you worked as an entrepreneur or job holder in the UK for five years? Do you still want to stay in the state longer with your job or business? Furthermore, you can remain in the UK by applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain if you have a Tier 2 visa. Working in the UK for five consecutive years can make it easier to use for “Permanent Stay” or ILR, also called “Settlement.” Moreover, you can avail yourself of all the benefits specified for the settled persons in the state.

Requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain(ILR)

You must fulfill the basic requirements of this application to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Here, we will discuss some of them briefly.

Stay period

The first and essential requirement for this application is your period in the UK. You must have stayed in the UK for five consecutive years without any visits outside the country.

English proficiency

To apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, you must pass the primary English-speaking test called B1 and be proficient in English.

Pass the Life in the UK Test

You must pass the Life in the UK test before applying to ILR.

Still on the work or job with sponsorship

Working in any firm for five years and still having a work permit or working in the company or firm with a sponsorship letter.

Working visa categories

While working in the UK with a Tier 2 visa, you can get a permanent stay or “Settlement” in the state. Tier 2 visas have different categories for work or jobs. Some of them are described here briefly.

Healthcare visa

A healthcare visa issued to overseas health workers allows them to work inside the UK and participate in the prosperity of the healthcare sector.

Sportsperson visa

You can also apply for ILR( indefinite leave to remain) with a tier 2 sportsperson visa.

Ministry of Religion tier 2 visa

Tier 2 Ministry of Religion visas can also make you eligible for applying for a “permanent stay.”

When should I apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain(ILR)?

You can easily apply for “Settlement” or ILR before 28 days of your stay in the UK completes five years. You can also apply after completing five years of residence in sequence.

Application fee

The application fee for Indefinite Leave to Remain is £2885 for each person.


While you are ready to apply for the ILR (indefinite leave to remain), you must be able to prove your eligibility for this application. You must have:

Annual income proof

Proof of your annual salary is needed to process your application to the Home Office. You must have a job that pays you at least £38700, and if you are on a Tier 2 visa, your minimum annual income must not be less than £20480.

Residence proof

You must show proof of residence, proving that you have been living in the UK for five years and have stayed in the UK for more than 20 days in a year.

Age limit

However, the age limit matters a lot. You can apply if you are between 18-65 years of age.

Documents needed for ILR Application

To apply for ILR(indefinite leave to remain) in the UK application, you need some essential documents for fast approval. Here is a list of documents

  • Your job certificate
  • Residence proof
  • Recent photo
  • Sponsorship letter if you have
  • Biometric verification in the office
  • Children under six years don’t need biometric verification

Can dependents apply for ILR?

The most important query to answer is: Yes, dependents can also apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. Your spouse, children, and parents can apply for ILR as your dependents if they meet the eligibility criteria. Some primary conditions or requirements are as follows.

Legal relationship

You have a legal relationship with your dependent, such as your registered marriage, or your children can apply as they have legal proof of a relationship with you.

Spouse residence in the UK

Your spouse/fiance has lived with you in the UK for five years, and you are living together as legal partners.

Eligibility Criteria for Children Under 18 Living With You

Your children under 18 years old and unmarried can apply for permanent settlement. Your kids studying abroad can also be eligible if they rely financially on you.

Fee for dependents

Every dependent has to pay almost £2885 as the application fee.

How much time does it take to approve your ILR application?

After submission and biometric verification, your ILR application may take up to 6 months to approve. To get instant action on your application, you can use priority or super-priority services.

Priority services

You can spend £500 extra to get a priority service for your application. You can get responses in the next five working days using this service.

Super priority services

To get instant action on your application, you can avail yourself of this super priority service for an extra £1000. Your application will get a response within two working days if you submit it on the weekend.


Summarizing all the above, getting permanent residence in the UK is called indefinite leave. You must fulfill the eligibility criteria to remain with a Tier 2 Visa. Basic requirements for “Settlement,” such as time duration, English proficiency, financial stability, and a permanent job offer with sponsorship, make it easy to apply for ILR. Your dependents can also apply with you, with the same application fee for each person.

 KQ Solicitors, a well-known legal advisor in the UK, can help you and guide you in any situation regarding the immigration and visa process. Our skilled and professional legal advisors always try to assist you in any legal matter. You can have a free consultation with us anytime and in any way. For further assistance, you can visit us at

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Q1. How can Indefinite Leave to Remain(ILR) be defined?

Ans. ILR( indefinite leave to remain) is a permanent stay permit in the UK that you can avail of if you have a five-year continuous stay in the UK.

Q2. What are the basic requirements for applying the ILR?

Ans. Some basic requirements include a continuous five-year stay in the UK, English proficiency, and minimum annual salary conditions to fulfill the eligibility criteria.

Q3. How can KQ Solicitors help in getting ILR application approval?

Ans. KQ Solicitors are well-known lawyers in the UK. They can help you get ILR approval because they have a skilled and professional team that guides you from 1st step to the finish with a free consultation.

Q4. Can I get British Citizenship if I have ILR?

Ans. Yes, ILR (indefinite leave to remain) is the first step in obtaining British Citizenship.

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Khurram Amir Qureshi has been an advocate of Pakistan since 2004, a Solicitor of England and Wales since 2009, Solicitor of Ireland since 2015. He has extensive experience in family law, Immigration law, Personal injury cases, and Civil and Commercial litigation gaining over 13 years of continuous practice in England and Wales.

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