Live and work in the UK for an indefinite period
ILR is a form of permanent residency and allows you to work in the UK while also allowing you to exit and re-enter the country with no restrictions.
You may apply for ILR under any of the following circumstances:
- Shortly prior to the expiry of a five year marriage visa
- Shortly prior to the expiry of a five year Ancestry visa
- After having held work permit status in the UK for five years
- Once having legally spent a continuous 10 years in the UK
- Once having spent a continuous five years in the UK as an investor
- Once having spent a continuous five years as a dependant (married partner, unmarried partner, child under 18 or under 18 when first applied) under the points-based system
- Once having spent a continuous five years in the UK as a writer, composer or artist
- Once having spent a continuous five years in the UK as a retired person of independent means
The criteria for applying for ILR are:
- You must pass the “Life in the UK Test”
- You must pass an English language test
Applying for British citizenship
After spending 12 months on ILR, you may be eligible to naturalise as a British citizen and gain UK citizenship. Read through our section on British naturalisation.
Losing your ILR status
If you leave the country for a continuous period of two years or more, it is usually determined that you are no longer present and settled and your ILR status can be revoked.