Apply to settle in the UK

UK Settlement, commonly known as indefinite leave to remain (ILR), lets you stay in the UK without any time restrictions.

To fulfil the requirements for UK Settlement, you will need a valid leave in the UK for a certain length of time depending on different categories.

Indefinite Leave to Remain – ILR Categories

You can apply to settle in the UK (ILR) based on the following categories.


ILR – Ten Years Long Residence

You can apply for Indefinite leave to remain based on 10 years residence in the UK. Subscribe to our facebook so as not to miss interesting legal news.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) through the Ten Years Long Residence route is a pathway to permanent settlement in the UK for certain long-term migrants. It allows individuals who have continuously lived in the UK for a period of ten years to apply for settlement, granting them the right to live and work in the UK without any immigration restrictions.

To be eligible for ILR under the Ten Years Long Residence route, applicants must meet the following key criteria:

  1. Continuous Residence: The applicant must have continuously resided in the UK for ten years, with absences not exceeding a certain total number of days.
  2. Lawful Residence: The residency must be legal, and the applicant should have maintained valid visas or leave to remain during the entire ten-year period.
  3. Absence Threshold: The applicant must not have spent more than 540 days (18 months) outside the UK during the ten-year period.
  4. Good Character: The applicant should demonstrate good character, with no criminal convictions or serious breaches of immigration laws.
  5. English Language Requirement: Most applicants will need to meet the English language requirement, proving their proficiency in English.
  6. Life in the UK Test: Applicants will generally need to pass the Life in the UK test, which assesses their knowledge of British customs, traditions, and history.

Once granted, ILR provides individuals with the ability to live and work in the UK indefinitely. After holding ILR for a specified period (usually one year or longer), individuals may become eligible to apply for British citizenship if they meet the additional requirements. Apply to settle in the UK.

It’s important to note that the immigration rules and requirements may change over time, so it’s advisable to seek up-to-date guidance from immigration experts or official government sources when considering an application for ILR through the Ten Years Long Residence route.

ILR – Five Years Working or Family Visa

Migrants who hold family visas or working visas may qualify for indefinite leave to remain after five continuous years on that visa.

Please visit the respective page based on your category for more information and don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any further information and need to proceed with the application.

Contact Edmans & Co to Apply to Settle in the UK
  • Our ILR Client Applications Reviews


At Edmans & Co, we deal with applications to stay in the UK, mostly indefinite leave to remain (ILR) on daily basis.

Let us help you apply to settle in the UK making the right application. Please contact our London-based immigration lawyers for all ILR applications.

You can also call us on 020 7439 3000 to speak to one of our immigration experts.