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Permanent settlement (ILR)

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Immigration Permanent settlement (ILR)

For many individuals and families around the world, permanently settling in the UK represents a dream to be realised in the future. Indeed, Great Britain has a proud and rich history of immigration spanning generations, and this continues today. The opportunities on offer in the UK are unparalleled. With a strong economy, stable political system, close proximity to the EU, and a robust system of law and justice, the UK is a safe and exciting place to live, raise a family, and work. As a London based law firm, AQ Archers Solicitors understands that finding security and being able to settle permanently is of paramount importance.

In the UK, permanent residence is referred to as Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). With ILR you can live and work free of immigration restrictions in the same way as a UK national. We can manage all aspects of your application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or advise you on the most straightforward route to achieving ILR given your exact circumstances. Our highly experienced ILR immigration specialists have assisted many prospective migrants and their families, whether coming to the UK or already present here, to be awarded ILR.

 

Am I eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)?

In order to be eligible for ILR, you will need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • You must be a national of a country outside of the EU/EEA (EU nationals can apply under a separate route referred to as the EU Settlement Scheme)
  • Lived in the UK continuously (continuous residence) for the qualifying period (see below)
  • You must not have been absent from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 months of the qualifying period
  • Have passed the Life in the UK Test
  • Meet the English language requirements

If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility criteria, it is important to seek the advice of an immigration Solicitor before submitting your application. Doing so will provide you with the confidence that your application has the best chance of success.

 

Qualifying period for ILR

The qualifying period for ILR is typically five years, except for the following Visa types:

  • Tier 1 (Investor) Visa – two, three, or five years depending on the level of your investment
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – three or five years depending on the type of business activity
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa – three years
  • Long residence – 10 years

 

Why should I engage AQ Archers to assist with my ILR application?

Because you need to ensure your ILR application is correct first time and gives you and your family the optimal chance of a positive outcome. We understand to the finest level of detail what the UK Home Office is looking for from prospective ILR applicants, and where we see a potential weakness in your application, we will quickly advise you on the steps necessary to resolve it.

Our team understands that you are busy with your life, work/business, and family life. As such, you can be assured that by using our services, we will lift the burden of securing the necessary immigration clearance from your shoulders, allowing you the opportunity to focus on what is truly important.

Once you have achieved ILR, we will also advise on the process of being granted British Citizenship after a further 12 months.

 

Can AQ Archers assist with the refusal of ILR?

Yes, we have assisted many applicants who have had ILR refused, to secure a positive decision. Because our team have a forensic knowledge of the guidelines followed by Home Office case officers, we will focus in on the problem area/s, and recommend a plan of action to resolve the matter, whether this is in the form of a resubmitted application, appeal, Administrative Review, or a Judicial Review. In our experience, most adverse decisions are quickly overturned when we write to the Home Office to robustly challenge a decision made.

 

AQ Archers, based in London, can assist you with all aspects of obtaining ILR based on long residence for you and your family. To speak to one of our consultants, please call 020 8521 2605.

Our lawyers will also represent you in civil litigation cases such as divorce.