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UK's new ILR changes just around the corner

The UK Home Office wants all permanent residence (ILR) application forms to be submitted by March 31. The Office announced important changes in Immigration Rules, earlier this month.

The changes will affect people applying for leave to remain, and indefinite leave to remain (or settlement). Only a few days remain before the new immigration ruling starts. The changes will take effect from Saturday, April 3 this year. can help you apply for permanent residence.

The changes, in summary, are:

  • For all employment-related categories of entry to the UK, and those who have entered under the Ancestry category, the qualifying period for indefinite leave to remain (settlement) is now 5 years.
  • The initial grant of leave to remain will now be 2 years (except for Work Permit holders and Retired Persons of Independent Means), followed by a subsequent period of up to 3 years. The rules previously allowed for an initial period of up to 12 months leave to be granted, followed by a subsequent period of up to 3 years,
  • The UK ancestry provision has been changed to allow leave to be granted in a 2 and 3 year pattern, rather than allowing one single period up to the settlement qualifying period.
  • Retired Persons of Independent Means will still be eligible for one single period of leave all the way up to the settlement qualifying period as before.
  • Work Permit holders will still be eligible for an initial grant of leave up to the currency of their work permit.
  • Highly Skilled Migrants will now be able to amalgamate continuous time spent in the UK as a work permit holder, Highly Skilled Migrant and / or an Innovator when applying for indefinite leave to remain as a Highly Skilled Migrant. is OISC registered and can submit your UK visa application. Same day you apply, the same day we deal with it. No queues.