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If you are a non-EEA national and you are currently working, living, studying or seeking refuge in the UK, you may be considering 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.
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)
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
If you are a refugee who has resettled in the UK through the Gateway Protection Programme, you will automatically be granted Immediate Leave to Remain.
Find out more about Seeking Asylum and Refuge in the UK
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.
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.
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If you would like to discuss the possibility of you applying for settlement in more detail, then get in touch with us at 0333 363 8577 or use our online enquiry form now.
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