Applying for ILR is expensive and can be complex. For this reason the Staff Immigration Team (SIT) provides more detailed advice, and support with queries on the requirements, application forms and process to applicants directly. Visa holders within the collegiate University can contact SIT at any point if they have queries or want to discuss applying for ILR. Where there is a choice between different types of application, SIT can discuss the requirements but cannot recommend one over another.
Standard 5 year ILR
As SIT holds details for Skilled Worker/ Tier 2 visa holders sponsored by the University, they run checks within six months of their visa expiring, to ascertain who may be ready to apply for ILR.
SIT is happy to assist applicants through the process of applying for ILR, and provides advice and a template employers letter to the applicant's department, faculty, college. They cannot, however, check ILR applications, supporting documents, or absence histories before submission.
If an applicant has complicated issues or queries, SIT can seek clarification from their immigration solicitor or the Home Office.
If, however, an applicant has very complicated issues or queries, or wishes to have their application, supporting documents and/or absence history checked before submission, they may want to seek their own advice from an immigration solicitor.
‘Long residence’ 10 year ILR
SIT has some experience of ‘Long residence’ ILR applications and can assist with queries on the requirements, application form and processes. SIT is not, however, in a position to provide as much support as they do for applications under the standard 5 year ILR route.
SIT can assist with queries on the requirements, application forms and processes for Naturalisation, and Registration (of children under 18), as a British citizen but are not in a position to provide as much support as they do for ILR applications.
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