15.01.2019 Differences Between Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Citizenship

15.01.2019 Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Citizenship

People often confuse Indefinite Leave to Remain with British citizenship, or assume that they mean the same thing.Whilst there is an overlap between the two, there are important differences that should not be overlooked.

Indefinite leave to remain

Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) allows you to live and work in the UK without immigration restrictions.

To be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK, you must satisfy the requirements,which include a minimum period of continuous residence in the UK under a qualifying and valid visa that leads to settlement.

You need to have been resident in the UK for at least five or ten years, depending on the basis for your application, before the date of your application. You have not spent more than 180 days in any of the five/ten consecutive 12 calendar month periods preceding the date of application.

ILR is just one step away from British citizenship, although it is not citizenship itself.

British citizenship

British citizenship or naturalisation gives you the right to a British passport and the full rights of a UK citizen. You need to have held ILR status for at least 12 months to naturalise as a British citizen.

Additionally, you must have not been absent from the United Kingdom for more than 90 days during the last 12 months preceding your application and have not been absent from the UK for more than 270 days during the last 3 years.

For advice and assistance with regard to Indefinite Leave to Remain or British citizenship application for yourself or a family member, contact Svetlova LLP on +44 207 129 129 6.