Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) is a legal term that describes permanent residence in the UK for people who have been living or working in the UK on a temporary visa.
[MARBLE ARCH, 13/6/2018] – Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) is a legal term that describes permanent residence in the UK for people who have been living or working in the UK on a temporary visa. A permanent residence application can be quite complicated, but an experienced immigration solicitor, such as Saracens Solicitors, will be able to help applicants throughout the procedure.
A common confusion is between ILR and citizenship. However, these two things are completely different as Saracens Solicitors immigration solicitor will point out. Although there is some overlap. Saracens Solicitors immigration solicitor will highlight that while ILR will cease to exist, if a person is out of the UK for two consecutive years without returning, British citizenship is permanent.
Important information about ILR
Saracens Solicitors immigration solicitor will inform prospective applicants on the application procedure and the legal documents that will be required. Gathering them quickly can save migrants a lot of waiting and will ensure that the Saracens Solicitors immigration solicitor can start the application process on your behalf without problems.
IRL does not have a time limit – anyone with ILR status can live and work in the UK for as long as they wish, provided that they do not leave the country for more than two years. As Saracens Solicitors immigration solicitor will also let potential applicants know, an IRL can be annulled if a person commits a criminal offence or if deportation from the UK is necessary for national security reasons.
Applications for IRL can take up to six months to be decided and finalised, during which time the applicant will need to submit their passport to the Home Office. Saracens Solicitors immigration solicitor will inform applicants of their rights and obligations during this time. Alternatively, Saracens Solicitors immigration solicitor may suggest a same-day appointment where applicable (which is an express application process) and the waiting time for this decision is usually 5-7 hours with biometric residence permit issued within 10 working days.
Saracens Solicitors immigration solicitor will also inform prospective applicants for ILR that sufficient knowledge of the English language is compulsory and so is sufficient knowledge of life in the UK.