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In this section, you will find information about:

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
Long Residence ILR
Returning Resident
No Time Limit Stamp
Right of Abode
EEA Permanent Residence in the UK
British Citizenship
Registration of a Child as a British Citizen
Applying to Settle in UK if Your Partner Dies
Life in the UK Test

Applying for the ​right to abode in the UK ​means that you want to stay in the UK without any time restrictions. Settling in the UK is also known as indefinite leave to remain, but there are many different types of applications that suit different visas. If you want to settle in the UK you will be required to take a ‘Life in the UK Test​’. You can also apply to become a British Citizen, if you meet the criteria - find out more ​here​. A child born in the UK to parents on ILR or British Citizen can apply for registration of a child as a British Citizen.

What is Indefinite Leave to Remain?

Indefinite leave to remain is an immigration status granted to a person who does not hold the right to live in the UK, but has been admitted to the UK without any time limit on his or her stay. Those granted ILR are also is free to take up employment or study without restrictions. However, in order to be granted indefinite leave to remain you must have proof that you have had ​long residence​ in the UK. This means that you must have:

  • Lived in the UK for 10 years more continuously
  • Not have left the UK for a continuous period of 180 days or more
  • Not have spent more than 539 days outside the UK during 10 years’ stay.

Returning Residents who have Previously Settled

If you were previously granted indefinite leave to remain and you have been living out of the UK for more than two years, or have lost your documentation, you may be granted a Returning Resident visa. However, you must prove that it was under exceptional circumstances that led to you leaving the UK. Find out more about it ​here​.

What is a Biometric Residence Permit?

A Biometric Residence Permit falls under the same category as a ​No Time Limit Stamp. A Biometric Residence permit is the transfer of a visa from an old passport to a new one. However, if you have indefinite Leave to Remain then you should apply for a No Time Limit Stamp in order to transfer your visa onto your new passport.

How do EEAs Seek Permanent Residence in the UK?

If you have an EEA Visa or EEA Family Visa and want to apply for permanent residence, you must have lived in the UK for five years and contributed to the UK’s economy. Applying for EEA Permanent Residence ​in the UK on an EEA Visa is under the EEA Regulation of 2006.

Apply for UK Settlement if your Partner Dies

If your partner has passed away but was granted British Citizenship or a settled person with Indefinite Leave to Remain, then you are eligible for ILR in the UK. You can be a:

  • Spouse
  • Civil partner
  • Unmarried Partner

Find out the requirements ​here​.

If you’d like more information regarding an application to settle in the UK, or would like to make an appeal, then do not hesitate to ​get in touch.

We specialise exclusively in UK Immigration and Nationality Law. We are regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(OISC). We provide immigration services to clients from worldwide. Immigration law is complex and with the rules constantly changing we strongly recommend that you use specialists to support and represent you from the start. Call us now for an honest opinion of your case, possible costs and options.

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