Applying For your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Visa?

Years of experience successfully helping clients secure their Indefinite Leave to Remain Visas

At 8Bella UK Limited, we specialise in helping our clients secure their future in the UK with an Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa, the first time they apply. Since 2007, we have secured over 5,000 Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa approvals. We demonstrate our confidence in successfully getting your application approved by offering our full-service clients a no-win, no-fee guarantee.

Request a call back from our advisers

We know that you will be impressed so why not give us a call or request a call back.




    Need Help? Call us +44 208 422 3464

    The UK’s Most Trusted Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa Consultancy

    With over 12 years’ experience and more than 15,000 UK Visa approvals secured worldwide, we have steadily built 8Bella UK Limited’s reputation as one of the most trusted immigration consultancies in the world. As you can see from our Trustpilot reviews, we have an industry-leading reputation for always securing UK Visa approvals, while providing our clients with a five-star service.

     

    Welcome to 8Bella UK Limited’s Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa Information Centre. 

    We have dedicated the past decade to helping our clients secure their Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Visa approvals. To demonstrate the level of knowledge and experience we have obtained during this time, we have created an Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa Information Centre to provide you with the most comprehensive information you need to get started. We are confident that after reading all the information you can find online; you will realise we have provided you with the best information possible based on our years of success. Should you want our expert assistance or guidance at any time, why not pick up the phone and speak to one of our ILR Visa Experts so we can assess your case for free? Alternatively, you can request a call-back on this page, and one of our experts will call you instead.

    We would also recommend that you take the time to get a sense of the service and results we guarantee our clients by checking out our reviews on Trustpilot.co.uk. Should you become our client, you will work with an ILR Visa Expert that has secured thousands of Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Visa approvals in the past 12 years, while receiving a five-star service. Rest assured that should you choose us to act as your legal representative, like all our clients that came before you, we will secure your Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa approval. To date, we have secured over 5,000 Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa approvals in the past 12 years and have never let a client down when they qualify for the visa they are applying for as you can see from our online reputation.

    The questions and information below address the most frequently asked questions in our client meetings and serve to demonstrate we are the foremost experts in securing Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa approvals. We look forward to hopefully working with you to ensure the process of obtaining the UK Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa approval is as simple and as stress-free as possible.

     

    What is an Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa or ILR Visa?

    An Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa (aka ILR Visa) is the final UK Visa that every non-British person in the UK is working towards securing to ensure they never have to apply for another UK Visa again. Depending on the category of UK Visa you are living in the UK on, you should be able to secure an Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa after either 5 or 10 years’ of living in the UK continuously and lawfully. For more information about how you can qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain under the 5-year or 10-year ILR rules, please read the appropriate section below. Once you have your Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa, you will have no visa restrictions and no expiry date on your visa (hence the word “indefinite” in the name). You can, therefore, live in the UK without having to apply for any more UK Visa extensions.

    We are also pleased to confirm that there are no employment restrictions on your Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa, so you can work for anyone and even start your own business. An ILR visa also allows you to come and go from the UK for the rest of your life without ever having to apply for another UK visa (as long as you do not leave the UK for more than 2 years in one go once you have secured Indefinite Leave to Remain, or you will lose it!). Should you wish to become a British Citizen, you must obtain an Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa before being allowed to apply for British Citizenship, and Indefinite Leave to Remain is the last UK Visa required before you can apply for naturalisation.

     

    Here to assist you in securing your Indefinite Leave to Remain

    As you may be aware by now, this is just a simple overview to assist you in assessing whether you may be able to apply Indefinite Leave to Remain, as the Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa rules are exceptionally complicated by design.

    Take advantage of our initial 20-minute free assessment by requesting a call back from one of our ILR Visa Experts. We can assess your specific situation against all the Indefinite Leave to Remain rules and requirements to ensure you will be able to secure your ILR Visa approval.

    How can you qualify for an Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa or ILR Visa?

    There are two ways to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain. You can either hold a UK Visa that makes you eligible to apply for an ILR Visa after five years of living on that visa category – for example, a Tier 2 (General) Visa, a UK Ancestry Visa, or a UK Spouse Visa, etc. Alternatively, you can live in the UK for a continuous and lawful period of 10 Years on any combination of UK Visas – known as Indefinite Leave to Remain based on 10-Years Long Residence.

    You should note that not all UK visas qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 years in the UK, and you will find a list of eligible visas under the 5-year Indefinite Leave to Remain section further down this page. Should your current UK Visa not qualify under the 5-year route to Indefinite Leave to Remain, you will need to be in the UK for at least 10 years continuously and lawfully before you can qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain under the 10-year Long Residence rules (also explained below). Apart from continuous residence in the UK on valid UK Visas for at least 5 years, you will also have to make sure that satisfy all the other Indefinite leave to Remain rules and requirements.

    For the specific requirements for the 5-year route to Indefinite Leave to Remain or 10 years Long Residence, please see the 5 years ILR and 10-year ILR sections below, but as a general overview, you are also required to:

    • Pass an exam called the Life in the UK test. This simple test is to ensure that you have an understanding of life in the UK and British history, politics and culture.
    • Not have spent too much time outside the UK– the rules state you should not have left the UK for more than 180 days in any given 12 month period under the 5-year route to ILR. Under the 10-year ILR rules, you are not permitted more than 539 days in total for the 10-year qualifying period or more than 180 days in one single trip.
    • You must not have any criminal convictions or County Court Judgements (CCJ’s) – if you have spent any time in prison for committing a crime in the UK, then the chances are that you will not secure ILR. Should you have received a fine or judgement in court (including Traffic Offences) within 24 months(2 years) of applying for your ILR visa, you will most probably be refused under the Good Character Requirement. Should you have any issues of this nature, we recommend that you call us on +44 208 422 3464 to enable one of our ILR Visa Experts to advise you properly about the best way to qualify for your Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa due to the complexity of the current rules.
    • Satisfy the English language requirement– you must now prove that your English speaking and listening ability is at or above level B1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR). Please note that some applicants are exempt from this requirement, so feel free to speak with us if you have any queries?
    • Prove that you can support yourself and any dependents without the need for recourse to Public funds– in plain English, you need to demonstrate that you have sufficient savings/earnings to support yourself and your family.
    • Satisfy specific requirements that are unique to each visa category you are applying from– you should note that each UK Visa that leads to ILR has particular requirements that need to be satisfied for you to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain. As you can appreciate, there is not enough space on this page to explain each visa type’s specific requirements so we would recommend that you speak with us. We can check your eligibility for Indefinite Leave to Remain over the phone for free.

    For more specific information on the two different routes to Indefinite Leave to Remain, the next sections explain how to satisfy the requirements to qualify for ILR based on the 5-Year or 10-Year Long Residence routes.

    Eligibility requirements to qualify for a UK Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa – 5 Year Route

    So how can you obtain an ILR visa after only 5 years continuous and lawful residence in the UK? To be eligible, you must be on one of the following visas (or a combination of the following visas if permitted) and resident in the UK for at least 4 years and 11 months before you can apply for ILR:

    • UK Ancestry Visa
    • Retired Person
    • Tier 1 (General) Visa
    • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa
    • Tier 1 (Investor) Visa
    • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa
    • The Highly Skilled Migrant Program (HSMP) Visa
    • Tier 2 (General) Visa
    • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa
    • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa
    • Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Visa– only if your first Tier 2 (ICT) visa was granted/issued before 6th April 2010
    • Tier 5 (International Agreement) Visa
    • Turkish Business Person – Please note that you only have to be living in the UK for 4 years on this visa to qualify for ILR and can include any time you have spent on a Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Business or Investor Visa
    • Investor, Innovator, Businessperson or Self-Employed Lawyer Visa
    • Work Permit Visa
    • Sole Representative of an Overseas Business Visa
    • Representative of an Overseas Newspaper, News Agency or Broadcaster Visa
    • Domestic Worker Visa – please note that you can only apply for ILR under the 5-year route if your Domestic Worker Visa was issued before 6th April 2012
    • UK Spouse/Civil Partner/Unmarried Partner/Same-Sex Visa

    You will also have to satisfy the following rules to be eligible under the 5-year route:

    • Each of the visa categories listed above has its specific requirements that will need to be met to secure ILR. As you can appreciate, this webpage would be too long if we confirmed the specific requirements linked to each visa category, so why not request a call-back and one of our ILR Experts can advise you about the requirements that are specific to you? As an example, Spouse Visa holds will need to satisfy the Appendix FM financial requirement again, and a Tier 2 Visa holder will need to show their employer still needs them, etc.
    • At the time of application, you must have been living in the UK continuously for at least 4 years and 11 months (as you can apply 28 days before the 5 years of continuous residence is reached). The 5-year period starts according to the rules on the date that your first qualifying visa was issued (either in the UK or overseas). If your first qualifying visa was issued outside the UK, any time spent outside the UK between when your Entry Clearance Visa was issued overseas and when you first arrived in the UK is considered towards the 5-year qualifying period. Should you have switched onto one of the visas stated above in the UK at least 5 years ago (rather than arrive on a qualifying visa), the start date would be the date of issue in the UK of your first qualifying visa 5 years ago.
    • You must not have been in breach of any of the terms of your UK Visa(s) for the last 5 years.
    • You must not have left the UK for more than 180 days in any given 12-month period. Please note that the year period the Home Office consider is NOT the calendar year as that would be far too simple. The Home Office will look at any given 12-month period in the last 5-years to try and find a 12-month period you left the UK for more 180 days in total.
    • You must never have applied for your visa extension(s) after the expiry date of one of your visas during the qualifying period. There are exceptions to this rule, so if you have any concerns about this requirement, we recommend you speak to one of our ILR Visa Experts to see if you qualify for ILR?
    • You must have passed the Life in the UK test and be able to satisfy the English Language requirement (known together as the Knowledge of Language and Life (KoLL) requirement). For more information, please read the Life in the UK test and English Language requirement sections below.
    • You must not have received any County Court Judgements (CCJ’s), Police Cautions or Criminal Convictions (including traffic offences where a court has made a judgement) in the last 2 years before applying. We would recommend that you speak with one of our ILR visa experts if you have any concerns about this requirement. This will allow them to explain in detail about what you can or cannot get away with concerning this point as the rules are extensive and complicated.
    • Should you have a husband, wife or partner living with you on a dependent visa, they may also be able to apply at the same time as you for ILR. They are entitled to apply if they have been living with you in the UK for at least the last 2 years if their first dependant visa was granted on or before 9th July 2012 or for the previous 5 years in the UK if their first dependant visa was issued on or after 9th July 2012. They will also need to pass the Life in the UK test, satisfy the English Language requirement and a few other requirements such as the Time Outside requirement.

    Should you wish to check whether you or your dependents qualify for ILR, why not call us now on+44 208 422 3464 or submit a Call-back request on this page and one of our ILR Visa Experts will call you instead?

    As you may be aware by now, this is just a simple overview to assist you in assessing whether you may be able to apply for an ILR Visa, as the ILR Visa rules are exceptionally complicated by design. So why not take advantage of our initial 20-minute free assessment by requesting a Call-back from a UK ILR Visa Expert. We can assess your specific situation against all the rules and requirements to ensure you will be able to secure the Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa approval.

    Eligibility requirements to qualify for a UK Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa – 10 Year Long Residence Route

    Should you have been living in the UK continuously for 10 years on any valid UK Visas*, you are entitled to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain under the Long Residence rules. As you can appreciate, there are some other rules which you must satisfy to qualify. The rules you need to fulfil are as follows:

    • At the time of applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain, you must have been living in the UK continuously for at least 9 years and 11 months (as you can apply 28 days before the 10-year qualifying period is completed). The 10-year qualifying period starts according to the rules on the date that you first arrived in the UK or when you were first given granted permission to stay in the UK by the UK government. Please note that you can claim for ANY continuous 10-year period in the past when applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain based on long residence, and it does not have to be the last 10 years specifically.
    • You must not have been in breach of any of the terms of the different categories of UK visa you have held during the 10-year residency period in the UK.
    • You must not have left the UK for more than 539 days (18 months approx.) in total in the last 10 years and no more than 180 days (6 months) in one single continuous trip.
    • You must never have applied for a visa extension more than 28 days after one of your visas has expired during the last 10 years if applying for a visa extension before 24th November 2016. For visa extensions you applied for on or after 24th November 2016, you must not have applied after your visa expired.
    • You must have passed the Life in the UK test and be able to satisfy the English Language requirement (known as the Knowledge of Language and Life (KoLL) requirement. For more information, please read the Life in the UK test and English Language requirement section below.
    • You must not have received any County Court Judgements (CCJ’s), Police Cautions or Criminal Convictions (including traffic offences) in the last 2 years before applying. If you have any CCJ’s, Fixed Penalty Notices, criminal convictions, cautions, warnings or reprimands from the Police, we recommend that you discuss your issues with one of our ILR Visa Experts.
    • Please note that any time spent in prison, a young offender’s institution or secure hospital cannot be counted towards your 10 years Long Residence. Furthermore, any time you have lived in the Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands cannot also be counted towards your 10-year period as they are not part of the United Kingdom.

    You should also be advised that no dependents can apply with you for 10 years Long Residence unless they too have been in the UK for 10 years continuously and they satisfy all the rules in which case they will need to make a separate application. Should you have a wife, husband or partner who is your dependent and they have been in the UK for less than 10 years; they will need to switch in the UK onto a Spouse, Civil Partner or Unmarried Partner Visa once your Indefinite Leave to Remain based on 10-years Long Residence has been approved. They could then either apply for ILR after 5 years on a UK Partner Visa or make their own 10-year Long Residence application once they have been here for 10 years (whichever comes first of course).

    If you have any doubts or queries concerning the rules stated above or whether you qualify, we sincerely recommend that you do not take any chances and speak to one of our UK ILR Visa Experts on +44 208 422 3464. The rules and ways of getting discretion from the Home Office for issues you may face are exceptionally complicated but rest assured that we over 12 years of experience in securing discretion for long residence if needed.

    *Please note that time spent on any UK Visa including UK Visitor Visas, Business Visitor Visa, Working Holiday Maker, Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme, Tier 1 (Post Study Work) & (International Graduate Scheme) Visas, etc., count towards your 10-years Long Residence. The only exception to this relates to any EEA (European) Visas which you may have been on as they fall under EU law and are not technically UK Visas. However; the Home Office can offer you discretion if they wish regarding any time spent on an EEA Visa during the last 10 years, but this cannot be guaranteed.

    How much will it cost to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain?

    The cost to secure your Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa consists of the government fee and the biometric fees. Applicant’s applying for ILR do not have to pay the NHS Surcharge.

    The current government fees for an ILR application per applicant are as follows:

    • The Home Office ILR Visa Government fee* = £2,389 per applicant for a Standard Service processing time application (which takes up to 6-months to secure the approval from the date of the biometric appointment). Due to the slow processing time for the Standard Service, we would always recommend that our clients consider paying for the Super Priority Service, which costs an extra £800. The Super Priority Service costs £3,189 per applicant in totaland you should receive your decision within 24 working hours after your biometric appointment.
    • The Biometric Fee £19.20 per applicant. Even though you may need to pay for a biometric appointment if you want one within the next 3-4 weeks, the Home Office still charge £19.20 per applicant to process the biometric data.
    • The Biometric appointment fee = this fee ranges from a free appointment (if you wait 3 weeks or more) up to £260 per applicant for an appointment at the UKVCAS Sopra Steria Premium Service Centre in Central London. For your information, the most typical fee paid for an average appointment across the UK is about £100 per applicant. Should you choose the Standard Service, you could consider obtaining a free biometric appointment in 3 weeks as it will take up to 6 months to receive your decision. Should you choose the Super Priority Service, we would recommend that you consider paying for the earliest appointment possible so that you can secure your 24 working hour decision ASAP.
    • The government fees stated above total £2,408.20 per applicant for the Standard Service or £3,208.20 per applicant for the Super Priority Service (plus the biometric appointment fees which have not been included as the prices vary).

    How does the UK Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Visa application process work? 

    The application process for securing your ILR Visa is now fully digital. It takes between one week (via the Super Priority Service) to 6 months (with the Standard Service) to secure your ILR Visa approval after submission.

    Should you be looking to secure your future in the UK by securing Indefinite Leave to Remain, the application process using our Full Representation Service will be as follows:

    • You would pay our professional fee (full fee or deposit if agreed) and agree in writing to our Terms and Conditions which will be emailed to you.
    • Once both tasks have been completed, we will provide you with our Expert ILR Document List and the ILR document templates to keep things as simple for you as possible.
    • You would need to gather all the required ILR supporting documents first to ensure the application we can use the documents you provide us to ensure your Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa application will be successful.
    • Once your supporting documents have been gathered and checked, we will set up the online application form and fully complete it for you (as the application process is now fully digital and documents are no longer submitted to the Home Office by post). We will also organise all of your documents, and scan them into our secure server ready for upload once the application has been submitted.
    • Once we have drafted your online application form, we will email you a copy to review so that you can let us know if any changes are needed. Rest assured that we believe in making sure you are fully involved in every aspect of the preparation of your case for your peace of mind.
    • When the online form is ready for submission, we will organise a time for you to attend our office so your dedicated ILR Visa Expert can submit the application on your behalf after checking every question and answer on the form with you.
    • We will submit the online application for you, and we will use your credit/debit card to pay the appropriate government fee and NHS Surcharge payments. Once the payments have been made, we can book your biometric appointment at the nearest Sopra Steria biometric centre.
    • After online submission, your dedicated ILR Visa Expert will be able to upload all your supporting documents to the Home Office server and provide your fully prepared application back to you so that you can take it to the biometric centre with you.
    • After attending your biometric appointment and having your biometrics taken, we will have to wait for either one working day (with the Super Priority Service) or 8-weeks (with the Standard Service) for the Home Office caseworker to decide on your application.
    • Once the UKVI have made their decision on your ILR application, 8Bella UK Limited will receive your approval by email first, and then by hardcopy approval letter in the post within 3-4 working days. We will then receive your new Indefinite Leave to Remain Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) ID card at our office within 7 – 10 working days of approval and will organise to get the ILR BRP card to you. At this point, our service will come to an end, you will be delighted, and all you will have to do is prepare for your British citizenship application if that is your goal!

    So as you can see, our ILR Visa Experts can make the entire process of securing your future in the UK with Indefinite Leave to Remain as stress-free and as simple as possible. So why not call one of our ILR Visa Experts today (or submit a call-back request form on this page), and we can assess your eligibility to secure Indefinite Leave to Remain for free.

    How can we help?

    • With Our 5-Star Service
    • Over 15,000+ UK Visa Approval’s
    • We know Every Reason For Refusal
    • We Manage The Entire Process
    • We Offer A No-Win, No-Fee Guarantee
    • Our Experience Secures Visa Approvals
    • We Provide A Bespoke Document List
    • We Provide The Document Templates
    • Our UK Visa Experts Make It Easy
    • Our Services Ensure Success
    • We Take Away The Hassle
    • One UK Visa Expert, No Sales Team

    Visa Services

    Our UK Visa services are tailored to your needs, so you can choose the price you wish to pay, for the service you desire. For access to our knowledge & experience, we offer consultation services. If you want to secure your approval cost-effectively yourself, consider our Expert Checking Services. For an extra fee, we’ll even provide our Expert Document List & bespoke templates to save you time. If you want a guaranteed approval though, you are looking for our Full Representation Services. Your own dedicated UK Visa Expert to manage the entire process, and a no-win, no-fee guarantee to demonstrate our confidence in securing your UK Visa approval. Whichever service you choose with us, expect a five-star Service.

    Phone/In-person Consultation

    Gain access to one of our UK Visa Experts through a telephone/Skype call or an in-person meeting at our Central London office. All your questions will be answered, and we will tell you <em>everything</em> you need to know about your visa application

    Expert Checking Service

    Are you preparing your own UK Visa application and want it thoroughly checked by a UK Visa expert? Then consider our Expert Checking Service to ensure your application will be successful &#8211; we will recommend all changes/improvements needed

    Full representation Service

    The easiest and most stress-free way of securing your UK Spouse Visa approval

    Priority Representation Service

    This service is best for our Full Representation Service clients who want the fastest preparation and submission time possible. We will prepare and submit your application within 48 working hours of receiving the supporting documents requested.

    Why choose us

    It’s quite simple, really. We love what we do, and we offer our client’s a service second-to-none. Not everyone can say they make a difference in people’s lives, but we are fortunate enough to be able to assist our clients in securing their future in the UK, and we cannot wait to see the look on your face when we secure your UK Visa or British Citizenship approval. Established in 2007, we’ve worked tirelessly to build our company into one of the world’s most trusted UK Visa immigration consultancies. Our success is simple. Our previous clients putting their faith in us and our unwavering determination to ensure we never let a client down.