Recently, our expert team of Immigration Solicitors were instructed by a client (“the Applicant”) in relation to her visa application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (“ILR”). The application was made on the basis of the Applicant’s ten years lawful and continuous residence in the UK. Our client had not been in breach of the UK Immigration Rules during her 10 year residency in the UK and she had always complied with the visa restrictions whilst in the UK.
Summary of ILR Immigration Case
The Applicant entered the UK on a Tier 4 Student visa in the last quarter of 2004; since this time, she has been residing lawfully in the UK . The Applicant obtained leave to remain in various visa categories during the last 10 years and decided that she wanted to regularise her immigration status in the UK by applying for ILR.
During the Applicant’s 10 years in the UK, she pursued higher education, attending college and subsequently obtained a foundation diploma in University. The Applicant then went on to complete a 3 year undergraduate degree. Upon the completion of her degree, she decided to work in the UK and obtained a Tier 1 Post-study Work (PSW) visa. When her Tier 1 PSW visa expired she became a dependant on her husband’s visa for nearly 4 years. In 2014, the Applicant pursued and completed her Masters.
Our team of Immigration Solicitors duly prepared the Settlement application which was accompanied with concise but detailed legal representations and the requisite supporting documentation demonstrating the above. Last week, our team were delighted with news that the Applicant had been granted ILR based on her 10 year long residency in the UK.
Qualifying for Settlement/Indefinite Leave to Remain in UK
If you have lived legally in the UK for a certain length of time, you may be able to apply for permission to settle in the UK. Settlement is also known as ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’. Our client mentioned above, met the 10 year long residence requirements set out in paragraph 276A and 276B of the Immigration Rules. She was able to clearly demonstrate that she has been residing lawfully in the UK for the last 10 years and has substantial connections to the UK including a husband who has ILR.
In order to be eligible for Settlement/Indefinite Leave to Remain you must:
- Spend a number of years in the UK, depending on your immigration status, before you can apply for permanent residency.
- Show that you will continue to meet the requirements of your current visa to be eligible for ILR.
- Have stayed in the UK for most of the time that you have held your Visa.
- Plan to remain present and settled in the UK.
- Pass the ‘Life in the UK’ test and have a speaking and listening qualification in English.
If you wish to apply for settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) our city of London Solicitors can help you with your visa application and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assist you with the preparation of your visa application and ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful application.
Contact us for a Successful Settlement / Indefinite Leave to Remain Application
Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a free telephone assessment and free case assessment even if you wish to consider other advisers.
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