The great news for some Tier 2 Visa holders is that if you meet the requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), you can permanently settle in the UK.
Our specialist lawyers at MLC Immigration Lawyers are experts on this application route and can assist you with your application for permanent residency.
So what does ILR mean and what are the requirements?
Indefinite Leave to Remain status allows you to live and work in the UK without any time restrictions eventually leading to becoming naturalised as a British Citizen.
Achieving Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) means you will have permission to live in the UK without any time limit. As a holder of indefinite leave to remain status, you will be entitled to work in the UK as well as entitled to receive any state benefits that you qualify for.
Indefinite leave to remain is not the same thing as British citizenship. A person who holds Indefinite Leave to Remain retains their original nationality and they are not entitled, for example, to vote in General Elections unless they otherwise qualify for this by virtue of their nationality.
Once you hold indefinite leave to remain status, you are generally able to leave and return to the UK without restriction. However, if you leave the UK for over two years you may lose your indefinite leave to remain status.
Qualifying for Indefinite Leave to Remain
The exact requirements for how you might qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) depend on which Tier 2 visa you currently hold, but generally the ILR requirements can be summarised as:
- you have a Tier2 (Intra-Company Transfer, General, Sportsperson, Minister of Religion etc) visa
- you’ve been living and working in the UK for 5 years and spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months (known as ‘continuous residence’)
- your employer (sponsor) still needs you for your job
- you get paid the relevant salary listed in the Codes of Practice
- If you’re 18 to 64 years old when you apply, you must also:
- pass the Life in the UK Test
- meet the English language requirements
To understand your exact situation and how you might meet the requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain when switching from a Tier 2 Visa, contact MLC Immigration Lawyers today.
Mr Annik Chaudery, Director and Immigration Lawyer
0161 224 4224