Indefinite leave to remain is how you settle in the UK. It's also called 'settlement'. It gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you're eligible. You can use it to apply for British citizenship.


Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is also commonly referred to as 'Permanent Residence'. If you are a foreign national and you are granted Indefinte Leave to Remain, you will have permission to live and work in the UK without restriction.

Spouse visa / Unmarried partner visa (after 2 years for visas issued prior to 9 July 2012)
Tier 1 visa / UK work permit (after 5 years)
UK ancestry visa (after 5 years)
EU nationals and dependents (after 5 years)

UK Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa

requirement of (ILR)

  • A passport or other valid travel document
  • Information which details periods of absence
  • Proof of English language ability (if applicable)
  • Life in the UK test information
  • A Biometric Residence Permit (if one has been issued to you)
  • Accommodation information

A Valid Passport

You need to provide your in-date, valid passport. Also, if you arrived in the UK under a different passport you will need to prove this too. And any other passports which you have held during your time in the UK will need to be provided as well.

Biometric Residence Permits

A Biometric Residence Permit is a form of identification which many people with leave to remain or further leave to remain have.

Typically, someone will need to provide their biometric information if they are staying in the UK for longer than six months. Those who provide their biometric information will receive a Biometric Residence Permit. If you have one, you will need to provide it when you apply for ILR.

Accommodation and Financial Information

If you are living in a property which you own or which is owned by yourself and/or your partner, you will need to provide title deeds or a letter from your mortgage provider.

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