Indefinite Leave to Remain Solicitors

By engaging RVS Solicitors to manage your ILR application, you can relax in the knowledge that the best submission has been made to UKVI.

The ultimate aim for many migrants from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland who come to the UK on a Point Based System visa is to settle permanently.  And after spending five or more years living in the UK, developing your business or career, the goal of achieving Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) becomes achievable under the Immigration Rules.  ILR provides you with the right to settle in the UK permanently without any travel or work restrictions.

In the past few years; however, the UK government has made ILR increasingly elusive, given their stated aim to reduce net migration to less than 100,000 people per year.  By rejecting many submissions for minor reasons, and increasing the income threshold for Tier 2 applicants, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) can reject more ILR applications.  Therefore, obtaining expert legal advice when applying for ILR is often crucial for success.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

How can we help you achieve ILR?

By engaging RVS Solicitors to manage your ILR application, you can relax in the knowledge that the best submission has been made to UKVI.  As only a small oversight or missing item of documentation will most likely attract a rejection of your application, investing in ensuring your application is correct first time will reduce the time, cost, and stress of rejection.

We have been highly successful in achieving ILR status for high net worth clients, and many individuals with complex cases.  The key to our success is our expert knowledge of immigration law; in particular, the guidance that immigration officers must follow when considering your application.  This in conjunction with a detailed understanding of the circumstances of you and your immediate family, means that our applications are almost always successful on the first submission.

What sets RVS Solicitors apart is our approach.  The service we deliver is tailored to the needs of each client.  We take the time to listen to your matter and then will recommend a strategy to achieve the wishes and ambitions of you and your family.  Our innovative service uses digital technology to minimise paperwork and streamline how we work and communicate with our clients.  We put our clients at the centre of what we do; we make ourselves available, and we always value your time.

By entrusting us with your ILR application, you can relax in the knowledge that you have the best chance of being able to settle in the UK, and you are a step closer to British Citizenship status.

Can I apply for Indefinite Leave To Remain Status?

If you have one of the following visa types, you may be able to apply for ILR status:

  • Tier 2 (General) Visa
  • Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa and Tier 1 Investor Visa
  • Dependent Visa
  • Spouse or Partner Visa

Or if you are been in the UK for ten or more years, you may qualify to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK under the ‘Long Residence’ route.

You must meet the following criteria if you have one of the above visa types, or under the Long Residence route, and wish to apply for ILR:

  • Held your visa continuously for five years, or;
  • Lived in the UK for ten years, and;
  • Meet the English language skills requirements.
  • Pass the Life in the UK test
  • Meet the continuous residency requirements
  • Meet the minimum income requirements
  • Have kept to the terms of your visas at all times
  • Have no criminal convictions or have breached any immigration rules

I am eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain, how do I apply?

The application for ILR is completed online however, RVS Solicitors can undertake the process on your behalf.  If we feel there are any potential issues with your application, for example, if there are gaps in your continuous residency at any point in the last five or ten years, we will draft a covering letter to UKVI explaining the circumstances, and why these should not negatively affect your application.

As part of the application, several documents must be submitted, and a non-refundable fee must be paid.

We have helped many immigrants to complete the online application form for ILR and know exactly what UKVI are looking for when deciding whether to grant or refuse your submission. 

When applying for ILR, the documents you will need to provide include:

  • A current passport or other valid travel ID
  • Your current visa
  • Evidence that you meet the minimum income requirement
  • Evidence that you meet the English language requirement
  • Evidence that you have passed the Life in the UK test

What happens if I am refused Indefinite Leave to Remain?

If UKVI has refused you ILR, all is not lost.  We will help to assess the details of your application, and the basis for your refusal.  We know that being refused ILR can be deeply unsettling as if might feel as though your aspirations, and those of your immediate family, to live permanently in the UK are at risk.

We will move quickly to determine the best strategy to move forward; which may include resubmitting your application, appealing the decision, or seeking a Judicial Review.  A Judicial Review will be sought if we believe that there was a mistake when your application was assessed by UKVI.

Which-ever route we take on your behalf, you can relax in the knowledge that your matter has the best chance of a positive outcome.

To find out more about how we can assist you with obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain, please contact our London office on 020 3372 5125 or complete our online form to make an appointment. Find out more information on our fees here.

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