Indefinite Leave to Remain (Settlement)

For family and business migrants alike, securing Settlement, also known as Indefinite Leave to Remain or ILR, is a significant milestone in building a life in the UK.  ILR will allow you to live and work in Britain, free from visa restrictions.  Furthermore, 12 months after obtaining ILR, you can apply for British citizenship.

Our team of specialist immigration lawyers are committed to ensuring our clients succeed in their ILR applications.  When you instruct us, you can be confident that your application and supporting documents will be presented to the Home Office in the correct way and that any weaknesses in your submission are explained in a detailed cover letter.

When can I apply for ILR?

It depends on the type of visa you have.  Most visas, including spouse, unmarried partner, and Skilled Worker visas, require that you live in the UK for five years before you can apply for ILR.  However, the Innovator Founder Visas have fast-track options if you meet certain conditions.

There is also a ten-year-long residence route which you can apply under if you have been living legally in the UK under multiple visa types.

What are the requirements for ILR?

To be granted ILR, you must:

  • have lived lawfully in the UK for the required time period
  • pass the Life in the UK test and meet the English language requirement
  • have been absent from the country not exceeding 180 days in any 12 months of the qualifying period 
  • meet the minimum salary requirement (Tier 2 Skilled Worker routes)
  • not have any reason for disqualification under the General Grounds for Refusal (for example, certain criminal offences, falsifying information on your immigration applications, or breaching your immigration status).

By investing in our expertise, you can be assured of an extensive review of your current situation and assistance with putting together the supporting documents in the correct order.

What if my application for ILR has been refused?

Refused ILR applications can be devastating. Our immigration lawyers can swiftly and effectively assess the reasons for your refusal and devise a strategy to have the decision reversed.  This may involve resubmitting your application, making a human rights claim or applying for Judicial Review.  We have also successfully advised and represented people whose applications for ILR have been refused under 322 (5) of the Immigration Rules for tax return discrepancies.

Established in 2008, Garth Coates Solicitors is a leading Law Firm in Immigration who can provide professional legal advice to ensure that your Application satisfies the strict requirements of the Immigration Rules

Our team of legal professionals offer comprehensive and considered advice to enable our clients to make informed choices. We strongly believe that our clients deserve the best; we take our responsibilities very seriously to ensure that client satisfaction is achieved by providing a professional yet friendly legal service. We aim to resolve all immigration matters brought to us by working diligently and together with the client, keeping them informed of the progress of their case at all stages. Our outstanding success rate is maintained thanks to the high standard of our work.

If you would like us to assist you with your Immigration Matter, kindly click here to leave us an Enquiry. Alternatively, we can be reached via telephone at (00 44) (0)20 7799 1600 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (UTC+00.00 London) every Monday to Friday.