Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) requirements

UK VCAS, 'Life in the UK', and English language test centres remain open and priority ILR options available again for those on work visas and their dependants

UK VCAS, 'Life in the UK', and English language, centres are open and taking bookings, however, there is high demand for appointments. Visa appointments are seen as 'essential services' so they should stay open during the continuing Covid-19 lockdown and travel to appointments is permitted.

The priority ILR application options were suspended by the Home Office in March and have now finally been reintroduced for those on work visas, such as Tier 2/ Skilled Worker and Global Talent and their dependants. Home Office guidance lists the routes for which priority options have been reinstated. A standard ILR application could take up to six months to process, during which time the applicant must not travel as if they do their application will automatically be cancelled. While there are additional fees to apply through the priority routes this should result in a much quicker decision.

The priority application option has been reintroduced for 10 year 'Long residence' ILR applications but there are limited numbers of priority application slots each day so if the priority application option does not appear when you go to submit your application you may have to wait and try again early then next morning when a slot may be available.

Anyone intending to submit an ILR application, and particularly those who must submit their application soon before their current visa expires, should contact the Staff Immigration Team for advice.


The information provided in the pages below aims to highlight the main requirements but does not provide full guidance. Home Office guidance, the online ILR application, and the document checklist generated when an application is submitted should make clear everything which is required.

Some ILR requirements are the same for all applicants over 18 years old at the time the application is submitted. Other ILR requirements are specific to the type of visa the applicant holds. Information on requirements specific to some types of visas is provided below.


The Staff Immigration Team (SIT) has made every effort to ensure the information provided on these pages is correct when published, but it is provided as an introduction only and does not constitute complete comprehensive guidance. Applicants should always check the requirements and can contact SIT for more advice and to discuss any queries before applying.


Training for Administrators

The team runs regular training courses on Global Talent visa, Skilled Worker visa, Tier 5, Visitors and Right to Work



Forms & Guidance 

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