What is the ILR (Indefinite leave to remain)

What is the ILR (Indefinite leave to remain)


The Indefinite leave to remain is the equivalent of the permanent residency in the United Kingdom, it is the immigration status that allows the person to live and work in the UK unlimitedly and without the requirement to apply for a visa extension, this status (which is also referred to as settlement) is granted by the Home Office and in cases of Tier 1 (investors), businesspersons, work permit holders and innovators applicants are required to have lived in the UK for 5 years. 

An important note that this status can if its holder stayed outside the United Kingdom for a continuous period of more than two years. 

Visa Entitlements and benefits: 

  • Eligibility to apply for the UK citizenship; holders of the Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) who reside in the UK for 12 months after receiving the ILR will be eligible to apply for the British Citizenship through naturalization. 
  • Visa conditions will be removed; Holders of ILR do not to register with the police, or report changing their address to the Home Office, and they’ll be able to leave and re-enter the UK without immigration restriction.
  • Employability prospects; ILR holders can be employed by anyone, anywhere, and they can establish and run a business in the UK. 
  • Ability to study in the UK; ILR holders enjoy what is called Home student status, which means that they’ll pay the same tuition rates at Higher Education Institutions as British citizens.  
  •  Your UK born children will automatically obtain British citizenship.
  • Access to Public funds and benefits; The UK government provides significant incentives and benefits for ILR holders, such as Jobseeker’s allowances, Income support and budgeting loans, child tax credits and benefits, maternity pay, housing, and disability benefits. 
  • Access to the healthcare system; ILR status holders will be eligible to access the National Health Service without paying fees.