Do you want to settle in the UK?

If you are a non-EEA national and you are currently working, living, studying or seeking refuge in the UK, you may be wondering how you go about applying for settlement in the UK.

If you have a Settlement Visa, also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK, you can reside in the UK for a longer period, with fewer restrictions.

Our highly-experienced lawyers have helped many foreign nationals settle in the UK. If you meet with one of our immigration lawyers, he/she will spend time helping you understand the different UK settlement options available to you. Your eligibility, status and next steps will be assessed and considered. Your lawyer will also prepare a Letter of Representation to support your application for ILR. This letter details your case and its merits as well as referencing any relevant UK immigration laws in support of your application. Our services also include a thorough document check and preparation for your IELTS English Test and ‘Life in the UK’ test.

For more information on settling in the UK, please see below.


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). This will allow you to stay in the UK for a two year period.

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.

For more information on Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

Am I eligible to stay in the UK permanently?

If you want to remain permanently in the UK, with the same rights as those born here, you will need to become a British Citizen.

A British Citizenship is not limited and allows holders to leave and enter the UK freely. To become a British Citizen you must be married to a British national or hold a successful Indefinite Leave to Remain status. Unless you are of British descent you will need to go through the process of British Naturalisation in order to become a British Citizen.

For more information on British Citizenship

What are my options if I do not qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain?

If you do not yet qualify for ILR you may be able to extend your existing visa temporarily. This is known as Further Leave to Remain. It is important to remember that you must apply to extend your stay before your existing permission expires. If you do not do this, you will be considered an over stayer and you risk an order for enforced removal.

How can IAS help?

At IAS, we understand the importance of being able to settle in one place, and the security this can bring. Our team of expert immigration lawyers are fully-equipped to help you towards this goal.

Our services include:

  • deciding whether you are eligible for the UK Settlement Visa/settlement route;
  • meeting with you in person, via phone or Skype at a suitable time that works for you;
  • confirming that you have suitable documentation for your application;
  • producing a Letter of Representation to be submitted to the Home Office. This letter provides information about your case and its qualities, as well as referencing relevant UK immigration laws which might support your application;
  • liaising with the Home Office until a decision is reached;
  • helping you to prepare for your IELTS test;
  • helping you to prepare for your ‘Life in the UK test’;
  • Having a lawyer complete each part of your application form using their accomplished expertise.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of you applying for settlement in more detail, then contact one of our immigration lawyers now.

More information on...

Indefinite Leave to Remain Applying for British Naturalisation UK British Citizenship

Our UK Settlement Packages

Advice Package

Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals


Application Package

Designed to make your visa application as successful, smooth and stress-free as possible


Fast Track Package

Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline


Appeal Package

Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any hearings/tribunals


A few of

our experienced

immigration lawyers

Case studies

We are proud to have changed lives for the better. Here are some of their stories:

Anna: Tier 2 Work Visa

Anna, a Russian National, was promoted in a global company and it required her and her family to relocate to the UK.
However, under UK immigration rules, Anna needed a Tier… Read More

Clare: EEA PR & British Citizenship

Clare, an Austrian National, had been living in the UK for four years with her British husband and child.
She had spent those yers taking care of her son, however… Read More

Frederick: Fiance Visa

Frederick was a Nigerian National who was in the UK on a Visitor’s Visa staying with his Fiancée.
He wanted to apply for a Fiancée Visa but did not understand how to… Read More

Matthew: Working on a Student Visa

Matthew, a US national, had been studying in the UK for three years with a Tier 4 General Student Visa.
He found a potential employer in the UK but both… Read More

Linda: Visitor Visa for Fiance

Martin is a UK national who met Linda, his partner, in Nigeria while he was traveling.
The pair quickly hit it off and decided to get engaged.
Linda applied to enter the… Read More

Samy: Tier 4 Student Visa

Samy from the Democratic Republic of Congo was accepted into a UK University. However, he had a wife and two daughters and was unsure about leaving his family behind so… Read More

Latest reviews


Excellent Service

The lovely Danielle helped me with a very long and, at times, confusing process of acquiring British Citizenship. I used… Read More
Ralph M
From the very first contact, the advice given was helpful and the ensuing meetings were prompt and professionally carried out… Read More

Latest news

Family Reunion bill passes next stage Read More

Home Office Broke Its Own Rules On Separating Families Read More

Call For Evidence On Treatment Of Vulnerable Adults Read More