Today we’ll be talking all about one of the most sought-after immigration statuses in the UK where non-citizens can live and work freely in the country. It’s none other than the Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
What is Indefinite Leave To Remain?
ILR is a remarkable immigration status that gives the holder the freedom to live and work in the UK cleared from any restrictions.If you’re an ILR holder, you are free to enjoy the same rights and benefits as any British citizen. This includes all public services and most importantly healthcare.
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How To Get an ILR?
The thing is, you can’t get an ILR automatically. There are few different paths that can lead you to it, but obviously, they come with their own specific requirements.
Some of the most common routes include:
- Marriage or civil partnership with a UK citizen
- Living in the country for a long time
- Certain visa categories
So, what makes everyone keen on getting an ILR? It’s all about the security and stability it offers in comparison to temporary visas. You won’t have to worry about visa renewals, or keeping up with the constant changing visa requirements.
You’ll be free to pursue your professional or personal dreams in the UK without any disruptions.
What Are The Requirements for ILR?
Now, to answer the big question. The UK government has quite a list of specific criteria that you must meet to get a hold of an ILR. These include the following:
- Good proficiency in the English language
- Residency requirements must be met
- Stick to the golden 180-day rule: this means, you must not be away from the UK for more than 180 days in any 12-month period during the qualifying period
Navigating ILR can feel like steering a ship in the storm. But, don’t worry. There are many professionals out there who can guide you by understanding your unique circumstances and the best options.
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