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Settlement in the UK

How to Apply for Settlement in the UK

Those who reside in the UK with a valid visa have many options to apply for settlement. This indicates you can remain in the UK with no time-bound restrictions. You can check if you are eligible for it (also known as ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’ or ILR) in the UK.

You will be successful in your application, provided you meet the strict criteria in the immigration rules. To apply for Settlement in the UK, you should have lived in the UK for a continuous period of time, ranging from 5 to 10 years, depending on your status. Besides you should also

  • Pass the Life in the UK Test
  • Meet the English language requirements

However, please note that not all applicants need to take life in the UK test.

  • You can work unrestricted in the UK
  • You may be eligible to apply for naturalization (British citizenship)
  • You will have unrestricted entry to the UK

There are various options under which you may apply. Those with a visa giving them 'settled status' already in the UK can apply if they have lived in the UK for 5 continuous years. Those with valid UK work visas can apply after 5 years of lawful residence in the UK. Refugees, who have resettled in the UK through the Gateway Protection Programme, will be granted Immediate Leave to Remain automatically.

The various criteria to consider when you apply include
  • You're the partner/family member of a British citizen
  • You're the partner/family member of a person settled in the UK
  • You have a study visa
  • You have a work visa
  • You have a UK Ancestry visa
  • You have a visitor visa
  • You have a Retired Person visa
  • You've been settled in the UK before
  • You're in HM Forces or have been it the past
  • You have Discretionary Leave
  • You're on the 10-year Private Life route
  • You've been in the UK legally for a period of 10 years

The standard Settlement in the UK Application forms includes Set(M) and Set(O).
Set(M) is used to apply for ILR in the UK if you are a parent of a child or the partner of a person, who is present and settled in the UK.
Set(O) is the form used to apply for ILR in various immigration categories and biometric residence permit.

Where and how to apply?

You can apply online. The success of your application form will be known in 6 months or may even take longer. Those paying extra can use the super-priority service to get a decision by the end of the next working day which is after providing your biometric information.

After you submit your application, you will be asked to provide ‘biometric information’ which is your fingerprints and a digital photo.

Cost of the Settlement in the UK Application form
  • £2,389 for each person applying
  • Extra £800 if you use the super priority service

If you need help accessing a computer or internet or finding the right information with respect to the application, here's how you can get help.

Telephone: 03333 445 675
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges
Text: ‘VISA’ to 07537 416 944
visa@we-are-digital.co.uk

Get yourself prepared today to pass the Life in the UK Test