Long residence ILR

Most long term visas allow to apply for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after completing 5 years continuous residence in the UK (Long residence ILR). Visas such as Innovator or Global Talent allow to apply for ILR after only 3 years. Investor visa holders who invested 10 million in the UK can apply after 2 years.

long residence ILR in the UK

Other visas, such as Student or Intra company Transfer (ICT) do not lead to ILR.

For the Long Residence ILR, applicants can accumulate 10 continuous years on any type of visa. To qualify, in addition to the 10 years residence, applicants must not fall for refusal on so called ‘General Grounds’ (i.e. criminal record, breaches of immigration rules, unlawful residence). Applicants also need to be legally present in the UK at the time of application.

Once you accumulate the 10 years continuous residence you may be able to apply later.

  • ILR based on all types of visas
  • no dependants on the application allowed
  • Life in the UK and English test required
  • have to stay in the UK while application is processed

Continuous residence

To meet the continuous residence requirement applicants must not be outside the UK for more than 180 days at any given time and not more than 540 days in total during the 10 years. Time spent in the Isle of Man or Channel Islands do not count.

Other obligations for the applicant are passing Life in the UK test. We write about Life in the UK test in more detail here. You have also to prove you have English language skills required.

Dependants of the applicant (partner and children) must apply separately if they are eligible. They cannot be included in your application.

The Home Office website for reference.