Applying for settlement in the UK – Am I eligible?
If you are currently residing in the UK with a valid UK visa then there are options if you are interested in applying for settlement.
The most common type of UK settlement visa is called Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
Given that a successful application will grant you Permanent Residency in the UK, there are strict criteria set out under the Immigration Rules that you must satisfy. Your right to apply for settlement will depend on your current immigration status and whether you continue to meet the criteria for the category you fall under.
You will usually be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years, but there are other requirements you will need to fulfil. Your application may require you to have 10 years’ continuous residence in the UK.
For more information on Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)