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Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR) in the UK is the Permanent Residency for the UK. You can apply for UK Settlement if you have completed required continuous stay in UK under eligible categories. Click here to see how we can help you for ILR

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  UK Residency : Permanent Residency UK : Indefinite Leave To Remain UK : ILR UK    
  UK Residency or Permanent Resident Status in the UK is called Indefinite Leave To Remain in the UK. Settlement is granted to you, based on a certain length of continuous stay in eligible immigraion categories.

You can apply for Indefinite Leave To Remain or Permanent Resident Status in the UK once you complete 4 years of continuous stay in the UK under old HSMP which was applied for before 3 April 2006. If you applied for HSMP after 3 April 2006 or if you are in the UK under Work Permit or Tier 2, you may be eligible to apply for ILR after 5 years of stay in the UK. It is usually essential that there is no break of residency during this period of eligibility i.e. you should not be away from the UK continouosly for more than 3 months during your stay, and your absences do not exceed 180 days in 4 or 5 years.

If you came to the UK as a spouse / partner of someone settled in the UK, you may be able to apply for UK Residency or Settlement after completing 2 years under Spouse visa.

Please note that stay under ineligible categories such as student visa, IGS, FTS, SEGS, Post Study Work or as visitor is not counted towards the eligible stay towards Indefinite Leave To Remain or ILR. You should also not be away from the UK for more than 6 months during this eligible period of 5 years.

If you are in the UK under HSMP and if your HSMP was applied before 3 April 2006 you may be eligible to apply for Indefinite Leave To Remain in the UK or UK Residency after completion of 4 years in terms of recent judgement on Judicial Review application. If you belog to this category, you do not need to take and successfully complete 'Life in the UK' test. If you are applying for UK Residency under any other category, you will need to take 'Life in the UK' test and pass it.

AS OISC registered and monitored immigration advisers, we can help you in applying for Indefinite Leave To Remain. Please contact us to see how we can help you in settlement in the UK. Please note that if your ILR application is refused by the Home Office, you would not be eligible for refund of the fees and you may need to apply again for ILR or extension of stay in current category if you have not completed the eligible stay as required.

If your HSMP was approved before November 2006, you may be able to extend your stay in the UK under the OLD HSMP Scheme and you can find more details about the same by selecting 'Old HSMP Scheme' on the left menu
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