The Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a document, which permits the holder to live and work in the UK. The holder of ILR is allowed to continue to live in the country without immigration restraints. The person applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain should pass the Life in the UK Test. Besides this, the person applying should also prove that he/she possesses required English language proficiency. After passing these tests, the eligible applicant can file the application to avail Indefinite Leave to Remain. You can consult your immigration lawyer to gain necessary assistance in this context.

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It is essential to point out that during the process of filing an application, you must provide the required documentary evidence with the completely filled form provided by the immigration department. The submission can be made either through the post or you can hand it over to the concerned department at a premium service center with a view to get your application processed in a streamlined way.


Application Process

The procedure for filing the application for Indefinite Leave to Remain looks simple and straightforward but you may contact an immigration lawyer for a professional advice. After qualifying to apply for this permit, you must provide all supporting documents mentioned in the form or which are essential to prove your case. For your assistance, the list of generally required documents is mentioned as under.

· A valid travel ID i.e Valid passport

· Two latest photographs

· All the passports previously possessed by the applicant while living in the UK

· Police registration certificate (if it is available)

· Biometric residence permit (if it is available)

If any of the supporting documents is in the language other than English or Welsh, a certified translation of the same should also be provided.


In addition, the applicant can be asked to provide fingerprints and a photograph at the given Post Office, which is authorized to collect biometric information. If you have availed the premium services, the biometric information will be collected at the premium service center while submitting the application. For further assistance regarding the application, you may seek the help of an immigration lawyer serving in your area.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants should have been residing in the UK for 5 continuous years
  • Followed the rules mentioned in their current UK visa
  • There should be no gap with reference to the period of stay in the UK

How Much Time it May Take

As far as the postal application for ILR is concerned, it may take 6 months or more for completing the processing. The applicants are required to surrender their passport at the time of filing the application. On the contrary, you can avail the option of seeking personal appointments, which provides a same-day decision for your ILR application.


As a whole, the eligibility requirements and processing times for Indefinite Leave to Remain depends largely on the visa class, under which the applicant is residing in the UK for the time being. If the applicant has failed to meet the eligibility criteria and the application is refused, the option available for such a person is to apply for an extension to stay in the UK for 2 years.

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