Applicants must have at least 10 years lawful residence in the UK to apply for UK Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR Visa UK). They need to show a strong connection with the UK.
To apply for ILR Visa UK applicants must meet the following requirements. Applicants over the age of 18 years and under the age of 65 years are required to meet a Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK test and to have speaking and listening qualification in English at B1 CEFR or higher, or its equivalent.
Furthermore, applicants must not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.
What is continuous lawful residence?
Applicants are deemed to have been continuous lawful residence in the UK when they have one of the following:
Existing leave to enter or remain; or
Temporary admission where leave to enter or remain is subsequently granted; or
An exemption from immigration control, including where an exemption ceases to apply if it is immediately followed by a grant of leave to enter or remain.
When continuous residence is broken?
What is Criminality requirement of ILR?
They have not respected, and/or are not prepared to abide by the law; or
They have been involved in or associated with war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide, or other actions that are considered not to be conducive to the public good ;
Their financial affairs were not in appropriate order; or
Their activities were notorious and cast serious doubt on their standing in the local community; or/li>
They had been deliberately dishonest or deceptive in their dealings with the UK Government; or
They have assisted in the evasion of immigration control; or
What is my immigration status while my application is pending?
If applicants submit their application before their authorised stay ends, their existing immigration status will continue until their application is decided, even if the decision is not made until after the end of their permitted stay. Applicant can continue to work until their case is decided if the conditions of their existing leave allow them to do so.
In line with the Home Office service standards for processing UK visa applications, the application process can take up to 6 months to 9 months.
Foreign nationals from outside the European Economic Area making certain applications to the Home Office have to apply for a biometric residence permit. This applies to both postal applications and applications made in person (known as ‘premium applications’). The biometric residence permit is a residence permit which holds a migrant’s biographic details (name, date and place of birth) and biometric information (facial image and fingerprints), and shows their immigration status and entitlements while they remain in the UK. This also means that a UK visa will no longer be stamped in applicant’s passport and all applicants will be issued one of the new Biometric visa cards instead. These cards look very similar to a (pink) UK driving license except they have a microchip on the back.