Settlement or Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) is an immigration status allowing you to stay in the UK without any time limit and to take up employment or study, without restriction.
The requirements you will have to meet depend on the visa status that you hold at the time of applying. Settlement is granted after continuous lawful residence in the UK (usually 5 years). Please note that not all visa categories lead to settlement.
For successful application you must not have excessive absences from the UK during the qualifying period and are required to demonstrate your knowledge of language and life in the UK (the KoLL requirement).
British citizenship can be acquired by birth or adoption, descent, naturalization and registration. Naturalization is the most common way to become a British citizen.
Key requirements for naturalization:
- you’re of good character;
- sufficient knowledge of the English language and life in the United Kingdom;
- your principal home will be in the UK;
- the requirements that usually applies:
– 5 years spent in the UK;
– the number of absences from the UK must not exceed 450 days during those 5 years and 90 days in the last 12 months;
– during those five years you wasn’t in breach of the immigration laws;
– you had indefinite leave to stay in the UK for the last 12 months (or permanent residence if you’re an EEA national).
There are different requirements for naturalization If you’re married to, or the civil partner of, a British citizen.
Alrose Legal provides assistance in assessing an individual’s options and eligibility for gaining settlement and UK citizenship. Please do not hesitate to contact us for professional advice.