immigration advice Leicester

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)

Permanent Residence in the UK is called Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Indefinite Leave to Remain is granted to people who have already shown a commitment to the UK on a temporary visa.

After a UK visa holder has lived in the UK for a specific period of time, they can apply for ILR which entitles them to live in the UK for as long as they wish, and even apply for naturalisation.


The processing times and requirements for IRL vary greatly depending on the visa class that an applicant is currently on.

Visa Class

There are strict requirements surrounding how applicants qualify for ILR depending on what visa they have been on first, and for how long. Visa holders should see the length of time required before they can apply for UK residency on the ILR requirements page.

Indefinite Leave to Remain

  • Family member of British Nation
  • You have a Discretionary Leave
  • You have completed 5 years of Refugee Status
  • You are on 10 years Private Route
  • You are on UK Ancestry Visa

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