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As touched upon, only certain visa types are on a route that leads to UK settlement. You then have to be a holder of a relevant visa for a qualifying period. The length of the qualifying period for ILR depends on what type of visa you hold.
The ILR route visas and their qualifying periods are:
The settlement visa application process can be complex. As a result, we have a dedicated team of lawyers ready to guide you through each step. Here at IAS we offer a free 15-minute consultation for all those who enquire about applying for settlement.
You must meet certain requirements in order to successfully apply for ILR. These include:
There are two main application forms for ILR. Which form you fill in depends on what type of visa you hold.
You will use this form to apply for ILR if you are applying under one of the following visa categories:
This needs to be filled in if you are the spouse of a British citizen. Alongside the form itself, you need to provide evidence of 5 years of continuous lawful residence in the UK.
If applying via 10 years long residence, use SET(LR) form.
Mistakes in either of these forms can result in your application being rejected. IAS can assist you with both of these forms, ensuring you receive the outcome you want.
Once you have been granted settled status, the next and final stage on your journey to becoming a UK citizen is to apply for citizenship itself. This can be done after holding settled status for 12 months as long as you satisfy the residency requirements.
If you are married to a British citizen, you can apply for British Citizenship as soon as you receive your ILR. Again this is subject to you satisfying the residency requirements.
The naturalisation application process is lengthy, as it determines whether or not you are able to become a British citizen. Our team of lawyers are experts in the application and ready to help you through each step. Call now for a free 15-minute consultation with one of our lawyers.
The eligibility criteria for Naturalisation are:
There is one form for naturalisation: Form AN.
This involves the submission of a large amount of information and documentation. Some of the documents the Home Office requires will have already been submitted during your ILR application. However, it is absolutely vital that you send everything required.
Once you submit the application, you will receive an instant acknowledgement. You will then need to book a biometrics appointment and scan/upload supporting documentation.
It will take around 12 weeks for a decision to be made. If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a naturalisation ceremony. After naturalisation has been granted, you are able to apply for a British passport.
If you are applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain or British Citizenship within the 12 months then you are eligible to receive a free consultation with one of our Immigration Lawyers
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