Many clients are unsure about when it is possible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or, as it is sometimes known, Permanent Residence.
AS a general rule of thumb one can usually apply for ILR within the 28 day period preceding the point that one’s visa expires, or within 28 days before the completion of your residential period from the date you entered the UK, whichever is sooner.
So if you had to complete 5 years, you will usually be able to apply 28 days before the completion of this period. If the visa was issued for 5 years only, then you can usually apply 28 days before the visa expires, but some visas are issued for a little longer and then it would be 5 years from your date of entry.
Some examples are:
The above provides general guidance in regards to when one becomes eligible to apply for ILR, but this can vary depending on the unique circumstances of each case, so we would always recommend that applicants seek advice specific to their individual matter.
Director of BIC, Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants Limited.