Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) UK

If you have lived in the UK for some years as a Pakistani citizen, you may qualify to obtain the Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status in the country. To obtain ILR, you must have entered the UK with or have switched to an ILR-eligible visa.

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    What Is ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain)?

    To remain in the UK for the foreseeable future, you need Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), otherwise known as settlement. It is a status granted to non-EEA citizens which allows them to enter and leave the UK as they want without immigration restrictions.

    As a Pakistani citizen, if you hold ILR you will also be allowed to live, work, and study in the country. If you qualify, you can even apply for state benefits (public funds) and British citizenship after 1 year, provided you meet the requirements.

    Before you are granted Indefinite Leave to Remain UK, you must apply from within the country. You must also prove that you have resided in the country for a specified period while holding one of the accepted UK visa types.

    Your family members will be allowed to join you in the UK when you obtain ILR, and they too can enjoy all the benefits you’re entitled to as a UK permanent resident. Note that the time required for ILR largely depends on the visa you hold. For instance, a Skilled Worker visa allows for 5 years stay before ILR while an Innovator Founder visa allows for 3 years before ILR.

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    Requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK

    Pakistani citizens who want to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain must meet some eligibility requirements. You must:

    • Be of good character
    • Pass the Life in the UK test
    • Show that your proficiency in the English language is up to B1, B2, C1 or C2 level
    • Have remained in the UK throughout the qualifying period
    • Not have stayed outside the UK for more than 180 days in any 1 year during the qualifying period
    • Not have broken the UK immigration law

    When Can You Apply for ILR in the UK?

    The period you are required to spend in the UK before applying for ILR depends on the visa type you hold. Some visas allow for 5 years before you can qualify for ILR, like Work visas and Family visas.

    However, you may just need to stay in the UK for up to 3 years to obtain ILR while holding an Innovation Founder visa or other accelerated routes to ILR. You may also qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain after a 10-year-long uninterrupted residence in the UK, regardless of the visa type you hold, provided you legally reside in the UK. After staying in the UK for the specific stay period you can apply for ILR 28 days before the end of your allowable stay period in the UK.

    Five-Year Route

    If you have an ILR-eligible visa and you stay for up to 5 years in the UK, you can file for ILR. You must have continuously resided in the UK with a valid visa for the entire 5-year period to be eligible for ILR. If you have switched from one visa type to another, you may need to provide proof of more than 5 years of residency.

    The fact that you changed visas could mean that the time already spent may not count towards ILR and would require you to spend a fresh 5-year period in the UK on the terms of your new one. To fulfil the 5-year qualifying period, you may combine the time spent in the UK on a Skilled Worker visa and other ILR-eligible visas.

    Ten-Year Route to ILR

    The 10-year route to ILR, otherwise known as long residence, is another renowned choice for Pakistani citizens who have been continuously residing in the UK for 10 years or more. As long as you have been residing lawfully in the UK for this period, you are eligible for the 10-year-long residence route regardless of the type of visa you have held.

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      Accelerated Route to ILR

      Pakistani citizens who want to obtain ILR in the UK must enter the country via specific routes, such as the Innovator Founder and Global Talent visas. Through these visas, Pakistani citizens can apply for ILR after running their businesses in the UK for up to 2 or 3 years and meeting other requirements.

      Some of the requirements that would qualify you to obtain ILR in 3 years via these visas include:

      • If Pakistani innovators can show they have made significant growth in their businesses
      • If you hold a Global Talent visa and have been recognised as an exceptional talent by the Royal Academy, British Academy, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Tech Nation, etc.

      Exemptions for ILR Application

      The ILR requirements may apply to Pakistani citizens or waived. If your spouse or partner passes away or if you become a victim of domestic abuse, as a holder of a Spouse visa, you may be eligible to petition for ILR before the 5-year qualifying period.

      Additionally, if you are 65 years of age or older, have a chronic physical or mental illness, or are a citizen of an English-speaking country, you will be exempted from the English language requirement.

      How to Apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK?

      If you want to obtain ILR UK, you must follow a step-by-step guide to apply. Pakistani citizens must do the following:

      Step 1. Take the Appropriate Route

      Pakistani applicants who want to obtain ILR must first know whether their current visa of stay in the UK is ILR-eligible. This is because not all UK visas offer a route to ILR, such as the Student Visa that requires its holder to switch to a Skilled Worker (or any other ILR-eligible) visa to remain in the country for up to 5 years.

      Our immigration lawyers can help you assess your eligibility and advise you on the best ILR-eligible visa type you can switch to depending on your situation, just reach out to us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

      Step 2. Fill Out Your Online Application Form

      To apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, you are required to complete an online application form. The forms are of 2 types namely, Form Set (M) which is designed for applicants seeking UK settlement depending on their status as a parent or partner/spouse of someone who already lives in the UK.

      The second form is Form Set (O), created for all other ILR applications. Complete the payment of your application fee and that of each dependent (family member) applying for ILR with you.

      Step 3. Assemble Your Documents

      After completing your ILR application form and having made the required payments, you must then gather all your documents to support your application.

      Step 4. Schedule an Appointment

      The next step in the UK ILR application is to make an appointment with the UKVCAS centre to submit your biometric information (fingerprints and photographs) once you have gathered and submitted your documents.

      Step 5. Be at the Appointment

      Go to the appointment with all the required documents for your ILR application. Your documents will be assessed by the UK authorities to know whether you are qualified to be issued ILR. Wait for a decision to be made after your appointment as you will be informed of the outcome of your application.

      Documents Required for ILR Application

      Pakistani citizens are required to meet ILR requirements in the UK by gathering some documents to support their ILR application. They include:

      • Passports and travel documents. You may be asked to add the previous passports you have held since you entered the UK
      • Two passport-sized photographs
      • Application form and signed declaration
      • Biometric residence permit, if applicable
      • Appointment confirmation letter
      • Birth or adoption certificates of dependents
      • Certificate of B1 level English proficiency (if you are not exempted)
      • Continuous residence in the UK proof
      • Cohabiting evidence, for Spouse/Partner visa holders
      • Immigration record
      • Life in the UK certificate
      • Evidence of enough funds
      • Travel documentation
      • Police certificate of registration

      Note that the specific UK visa type with which you want to obtain ILR will determine whether you should provide additional documents. You must ensure that all documents you submit are in English, if not, ensure they are translated into English by a licensed translator and ensure they are notarised.

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        Knowledge of the English Language and Life in the UK

        Accepting to settle in the UK with Indefinite Leave to Remain status entails that you are committed to respecting the values, traditions, and laws of the UK. Your life in the UK and knowledge of the English language is a vital part of the commitment.

        Therefore, as a Pakistani citizen, ILR UK requirements entail that you must prove your English proficiency by presenting your approved English-speaking and listening qualification, or a UK degree taught or researched in English.

        You can also fulfil the knowledge of life requirement by passing the Life in the UK test at a UK test centre. Individuals under 18 and above 64 years old, and people who have a chronic physical or mental illness that keeps them from fulfilling these conditions, etc., may be completely exempted from these requirements.

        Accommodation & Financial Requirements

        You will need to provide details regarding your financial status and place of residence in the UK. If you rent or own a property in the United Kingdom, you must present proof of ownership or rent, such as a lease or mortgage agreement.

        Therefore, get a letter from your landlord if you’re renting a property. You should get a letter permitting you to reside in a house rented or owned by your friend or family. Also, you are required to get documentation that attests to benefits you may have gotten during your stay in the UK.

        ILR Salary Requirement

        Pakistani citizens must prove they meet the minimum salary requirement for the type of UK visa they hold. For instance, if you hold a Skilled Worker visa and want to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, you must earn about £10.10 hourly, £25,600 yearly or the ‘going rate’ for the job role in the UK.

        ILR Application Cost

        Pakistani citizens applying for ILR are required to pay the ILR application fee worth £2,885 and also pay £19.20 for biometric information collection as set by the Home Office. You are required to pay the same amount for each of your dependents applying for the ILR with you, if any. You may also need to pay other leave to remain UK fees such as legal fees, priority service fees, etc.

        Timeline for ILR Application Decisions

        Decisions on ILR applications are typically made within 6 months. But you may expedite the ILR UK processing time through super priority service to get a decision on your application in 1 to 2 working days for £1,000.

        ILR 180-Day Rule

        The ILR 180-day rule also means a continuous residence requirement whereby Pakistani citizens must not spend more than 180 days outside the UK within any 1 year before applying for the ILR. This rule seeks to offer settlement to migrants who sincerely want to remain in the country indefinitely.

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          ILR for Dependents

          You may apply for ILR on behalf of your dependents. Your dependents include your children under 18 years old, children above 18 years old, if they are financially dependent on you (the primary visa holder), and your spouse/partner. They must meet all the requirements to qualify for ILR, and they can apply for ILR along with you if they entered the UK at the same time as you.

          British Citizenship After Indefinite Leave to Remain

          Pakistani citizens can apply for British citizenship after 1 year of obtaining ILR. When you obtain British citizenship you will have several benefits to enjoy, such as having the right to vote and be voted for.

          You will have the freedom to enter and leave the UK without immigration restrictions when you earn ILR to citizenship UK. You can also leave the country for any period without having your citizenship revoked among other benefits.

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          ILR Application Refused

          Note that if you apply properly or engage the services of professional immigration lawyers, there is a great chance of having a successful application. However, should your application be refused, you must prove that your application was made based on human rights protections.

          You can appeal a refusal of your ILR by a judicial review if you believe the UKVI rejected your application mistakenly. You can choose an administrative review to contest the refusal’s legal basis. Lastly, in certain cases, submitting a fresh ILR application would be preferable.

          How Can Total Law Help?

          The process of obtaining ILR in the UK is complex, considering all the requirements you must meet and the supporting documents you need to provide. The visa type you hold most times determines if you will provide additional documents in your application thereby making the whole process overwhelming.

          It’s a great decision to seek expert guidance from our immigration lawyers at Total Law as they will help assess your situation and ensure you meet the UK ILR requirements. Besides that, they can also advise you on the ILR-eligible visa you can apply for which can allow you to settle in the UK when you meet its requirements.

          Our immigration lawyers can also apply for ILR on your behalf, and be by your side throughout the application process. If you want to know how to get ILR in UK, or other ways we can help you, call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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                    Frequently Asked Questions

                    Your ILR may be rejected if you are convicted of immigration or criminal offence, have broken the UK immigration law, subject to a deportation order, etc.

                    The UK Home Office grants ILR to applicants for life, however, this privilege might be revoked if you stay outside the UK for more than 2 years among other reasons.