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Permanent Residence in UK

Citizens from all over the world move to the UK every year with hopes of settling and living in UK with their dream job or exploring a promising business opportunity, or simply because they feel a connection to the place, they have been wanting to live in. Today the United Kingdom is one of the most popular destinations for a better life because it offers a great way to harness your potential and enjoy a dynamic new culture simultaneously.

Permanent resident status in UK provides any person who wants to live and work in the UK indefinitely an opportunity to do so. The interested person needs to acquire this permit in order to work or conduct business in the UK, without any time limits on their stay and immigration restrictions.

What is ILR?

ILR (Indefinite leave to remain) is similar to a permanent residency (PR) in the UK. It grants an immigration status to the foreign nationals to live, study and take employment in the UK without any time limits or restriction.

Who can apply for PR or ILR?

To get UK PR, it is required to live in UK for 5 years under one of the following categories:

  1. Tier 1
  2. Tier 2 of the points-based system for the skilled professionals from overseas who has a valid job offer in United Kingdom
  3. Businessperson
  4. Investor
  5. International students and Research Fellows
  6. Representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency, PR agency or broadcasting organization
  7. Private servant in a diplomatic household
  8. Domestic worker in a private household
  9. Overseas government employee
  10. Self-employed lawyer or solicitor
  11. UK ancestry
  12. Highly skilled migrant under the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)
  13. Retired person of independent means
  14. Sole representative of an overseas firm

Benefits of the UK permanent residence

  1. British Citizenship
  2. You will confirm your right to remain in the UK forever
  3. Family can join you in UK
  4. Health care aid
  5. Availing education
  6. No work restrictions
  7. Robust economy in UK
  8. Social security benefits

Eligibility Criteria To Apply For PR In UK

Applicant must be able to submit proof of living in the UK for a pre-set time duration, legally or otherwise corresponding to their granted visas. The following Table shows time period of stay in UK to be completed the stated categories:

S. No.Various visas/ Conditions of StayDuration of Stay
1Marriage or unmarried partner to UK citizen2 years
2Lawful stay on any basis (long stay)10 years
3Unlawful stay14 years
4Tier 2 & Tier 3 visa5 years
5Investor, sportsperson, business owner, arts5 years
6Ancestry5 years

Eligibility for settlement as a family member of a UK Citizen

Applicant must be a partner of a UK citizen or of one permanently settled in the UK. He or she must be currently on a family visa (of 2, 5 or 10 years) as a partner or spouse the partner who is a British citizen.

Marriage:- Current visa in the partner category is eligible if the applicant is married to a British partner or in a civil partnership or in a subsisting relationship though not married.

Living together:- You must provide proof that you're living together and intend to continue doing so after you are granted residency. Evidence may take the form of joint bank accounts, a joint tenancy agreement and other official documents.

'Life in the UK' Test:- It is compulsory to pass the 'Life in the UK' test. This test is designed in a simple manner to evaluate your knowledge of British life and assess your reverence and compatibility towards it.

English test:- For applicants who do not speak English as their first language, this test is mandatory to prove fluency in speaking and understanding the language since it is the official language of communication in all sectors of British life. An educational qualification from a recognised UK institution is accepted as meeting the standards for this requirement.

Proof of finances:- In case you have dependant family, your finances need to be in order as per the prescribed limits of the immigration system. Currently the funding expectations to support your family if you are on the 5-year route visa are as follows:

  1. At least £18,600 a year in case of no dependents.
  2. At least £22,400 a year in case of one dependent child.
  3. Extra £2,400 a year for each child above the limit on one.

All children below 18 are a part of this income calculation scheme with the exception of children who are British or EU origin. The limits take into account total income for both partners.

No minimum earnings stipulation is given for 2-year and 10-year route. Proof of finances when submitted must validate the ability of the applicant to provide for their family without support from public funds of UK.

Permanent residence as a family member of someone settled in the UK:- Spouse or partner must be settled in the UK on the basis of a work visa (Tier 1, 2 or 5 visa). Applicant must be married /in a civil partnership/ be in a relationship for at least 2 years to be eligible for permanent residence.

Eligibility for partners

You must currently be on a visa as your partner's dependent. If you received your visa after your partner was granted settled status, you will need to apply as a partner of a settled person.

If your current visa was issued before 9 July 2012, you must have lived with your partner for at least 2 years. This will go up to 5 years if your visa was granted on or after 9 July 2012.

When you apply, you must still be living together with your partner and intend to continue doing so. You should not be claiming benefits (accessing public funds) when you apply. English Language and knowledge of life in the UK requirements also apply so you should make sure you satisfy these requirements before making your application.


  1. Current Payslips
  2. Bank account statements
  3. Address proof (like rent or lease contract etc.)
  4. Council tax letters
  5. Proof supporting calculation of an applicant's disclosed other sources of income, if any.
  6. Appointment Letter from employer on company Letterhead with signatory authority stamp and date in case the applicant is a job employee.
  7. In case of business owners, material apropos must be provided regarding registered business address, relevant valid permits etc.

Application Process

Carefully check all requirements for eligibility criterions and compile all the relevant documents to submit as proof. Provide access to your immigration history, with details of UK visas since your arrival.

It takes £2389 for an individual application by post. Application in person fees might be slightly higher and the advantages of this method is that a decision is declared on the same day avoiding the 6 months waiting.

Processing Time

It will take around 6 months or more.

Permanent residence Visa application for EU, EEA Nationals or Swiss citizens

Visa applications for Permanent residence in UK are no longer being accepted from EU citizens, EEA citizens or Swiss citizens. If application has been made before 1 January 2021, it will still be considered but may take up to 6 months to get a decision.

All previously granted EEA permanent residence cards, that confirms the right of permanent residence in the UK for those who have exercised Treaty rights in the United Kingdom for a continuous period of 5 years, will not be valid after 30 June 2021.

Until that date, it can be used to apply for British citizenship and sponsor your partner's visa application if they're applying for a visa based on your residence.

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