Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) will give you the right to live and work in the UK for an unlimited period of time. It is also a route to naturalisation as a British citizen. How Much Does Indefinite Leave To Remain Cost?
To obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain, you need to have lived in the UK for a period of time, usually five years, although there are two-year and ten-year routes.
You will also need to pay the ILR application fee and satisfy minimum income requirements. We take a look at how much ILR costs.
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Minimum Income Requirements For Indefinite Leave To Remain
You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain if you hold a range of UK visas and you have spent the required amount of time in the country, without absences of more than 180 days in any twelve-month period. The amount you will need to earn to satisfy the minimum income requirement depends on the visa you hold and your route to ILR.
Skilled Worker Visa Minimum Income For Indefinite Leave To Remain
As a skilled worker, you can apply for ILR after five years, provided you have a minimum income that is:
- £25,600 per year; or
- £10.10 per hour; or
- The going rate for the job that you hold
If you hold a job that is on the list of shortage occupations or healthcare and education shortage occupations, then a lower income may be acceptable.
You will also need to provide formal confirmation from your employer that you are still needed for the position.
Family Visa Minimum Income For Indefinite Leave To Remain
If you are applying on the basis of a spouse or partner visa that you have had for five years or more, you and your partner need a combined minimum income of £18,600 per year.
If you have children, you will need additional income of £3,800 per year for your first child and £2,400 each for your second and subsequent children.
Minister Of Religion Visa Minimum Income For Indefinite Leave To Remain
As a minister of religion, you need to show that you are paid the same amount as a UK minister of religion would receive for your job. This must be at or above the UK minimum wage.
International Sportsperson Visa Minimum Income For Indefinite Leave To Remain
As an international sportsperson applying for ILR, you will need a minimum income of £35,800 per year and this must come from your main job.
Tier 1 (Investor) And Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa Minimum Income For Indefinite Leave To Remain
Those holding an investor visa do not need to show a minimum level of income but will need to have invested sufficient funds in the UK. Those who have invested £2 million can apply for ILR after five years. If you have invested £5 million, you can apply after three years and if you have invested £10 million you can apply after two years.
If you hold an entrepreneur visa, you can apply after five years if you have created two full-time jobs and they have been in existence for a year or more. If you have created ten or more full-time jobs or your business has had an income of £5 million or more over three years, then you can apply for ILR after three years.
Other ILR Minimum Income Requirements
For those with a parent visa or a visa as the dependant of a holder of a work visa, you will need to demonstrate that you can support yourself and your family without the need for public funds.
Those applying on the basis of being in the UK for ten years do not need a minimum income.
Life In The UK Test Fee
You will need to pass a Life in the UK test in order to apply for ILR. The fee for the test is £50.
Indefinite Leave To Remain Application Fee
The application fee for ILR is £2,404. You may be able to pay extra for a faster decision. A priority service costs an additional £500 and you will receive a decision within five working days, as long as you have provided your biometric information and all of the documents needed to support your application.
There is also a super priority service which offers a decision by the end of the next working day. This costs an additional £800.
It is important to ensure that all necessary evidence is provided along with your application to give you the best chance of success. We can advise you on the right paperwork to send and ensure that your ILR application is as strong as possible.
Contact Our Indefinite Leave To Remain Solicitors
If you would like to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain, we will be happy to advise you.
We have offices in Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Wakefield and Nottingham. To speak to one of our expert indefinite leave to remain lawyers, ring us on 0330 133 7777, email us at email@example.com or fill in our Contact Form.
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