How Much Is Indefinite Leave to Remain? – Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a way of settling in the UK that gives you the right to live and work without the need for a visa. Family members may be able to join you and you can leave and return to the UK without applying for consent.
ILR is also a potential route to securing British citizenship and a British passport.
You will usually need to have lived in the UK for a minimum of five years before you apply for ILR, although there are exceptions. The application process needs to be dealt with carefully as there are strict criteria and you will need to provide evidence that you meet these.
There are also a number of costs involved. We take a look at the ILR fees as well as the minimum income requirements needed on some ILR routes.
At Halliday Reeves, we specialise in immigration and have a high success rate for ILR applications. We can advise you as to whether you meet the requirements for ILR and put together a strong application on your behalf together with the documents needed in support.
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Application Fee For Indefinite Leave To Remain
The ILR application fee is £2,404. A priority service may be available at a cost of an additional £500. If you apply for the priority service, you should receive a decision within five working days, provided that you have supplied all of the necessary information.
A super priority service may also be available. This costs an additional £800 and you should receive a result by the end of the next working day.
You will also need to pass a Life in the UK test, which costs £50.
In certain circumstances you may also need to pass an English language test to grade 5.
To stand the best chance of receiving ILR without the need to reply to enquiries or provide further information, you need to make sure that your application is comprehensive. UK Visas and
Immigration will need evidence that you satisfy all of the ILR criteria. If documents are omitted, your application is likely to be rejected.
We routinely put together successful ILR applications and we will be happy to advise you on the process and check that you have the documents needed.
Minimum Income Requirements For ILR
If you hold a work visa, you will usually need to satisfy the minimum income requirement when you apply for ILR as well as having spent enough time in the UK prior to applying. We can advise you whether your visa and the length of time you have spent in the UK entitle you to apply for ILR and let you know whether you satisfy the financial requirements.
Minimum Income Requirement For ILR With Skilled Worker Visa
If you have spent five years in the UK on a skilled worker visa, you can apply for ILR if your income is at least:
- £25,600 per year; or
- £10.10 per hour; or
- The going rate for the job that you hold – available on the government’s website
If your job is classed as a shortage occupation, then the minimum income requirement may be lower. We can let you know the amount required for your particular job.
Your employer will need to state in writing that they still need you to carry out the job.
Minimum Income Requirement For ILR With Tier 1 (Investor) And Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa
If you hold an investor visa, you need to prove that you have invested funds in the UK, rather than show a minimum income. If you have invested £2 million, you 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.
With an entrepreneur visa, you need to have created full-time jobs that have been in existence for at least one year. If you have created two full-time jobs, you can apply for ILR after five years. If you have created ten full-time jobs and your business income over three years is at least £5 million, you can apply for ILR after three years.
Minimum Income Requirement For ILR With Family Visa
If you hold a family visa as a spouse or partner, you and your partner will need a combined income of at least £18,600 per year.
Extra income is needed if you have children, in the sum of £3,800 for the first child and £2,400 for each additional child.
Minimum Income Requirement For Parent Or Dependant Visa Holder
As a parent visa holder or the dependant of someone who holds a work visa, you need to provide evidence that you can support yourself and your family without using public funds.
Minimum Income Requirement For ILR with Minister Of Religion Visa
If you hold a minister of religion visa, you must receive a salary that is at least as much as a UK minister would be paid to do the same job and this must also be at least the amount of the UK minimum wage.
Minimum Income Requirement For International Sportsperson
The minimum income level you will need to apply for ILR as an international sportsperson is £35,800 per year from your main job.
ILR Application After Ten Years In The UK
If you have been in the UK for ten years and you are applying for ILR, you do not need to show that you meet a minimum income.
Contact our Indefinite Leave to Remain solicitors
If you want to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, we will be happy to advise you of the requirements and check that you have all of the necessary evidence.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in our Contact Form.
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