10 Years Settlement Applications

If you have completed 10 years continuous lawful residence in the UK, you may be entitled to apply for Indefinite leave to Remain (ILR) under the Long Residence Rule. Our specialist immigration solicitors are experts in immigration law and are on hand to assist.

(ILR) applications

The '10 Years Settlement' application provides a path to permanent residence for people who hold or have held visas that do not necessarily lead to ILR, including visit and student visas.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications can be made if you have been living legally in the UK for ten or more continuous years and have not been absent from the UK for more than 18 months over the ten years.

However, this is a complex area, and the government has strict requirements with a high refusal rate for migrants looking to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain. 

Our team have an in-depth understanding of ILR requirements and treat matters with the highest professionalism and care.

We have a high success rate, and by instructing us, you can be confident that your application will stand the best chance of success.


What Are the Requirements?

To successfully apply for ILR under the long residency route, you must meet the
following criteria:
  •  Have lived in the UK lawfully and continuous for at least ten years
  • There must be no reason why granting leave is against the public good.
  • Kept to the terms of your visas
  • There must be no reason why granting leave is against the public good.
  • Show proof of your English language proficiency (via a test or degree):
  • Pass the ‘Life in the UK’ test
  • Meet the ‘continuous residency’ requirements
If you do not meet the above eligibility criteria, you may be able to extend your leave. Our expert immigration lawyers can assist you with exploring your options.

How Do I Apply for ILR 10 Years Long Residence Visa?

To apply for ILR under the long residence route, you need to fill in the application form and send it to UK Visas and Immigration along with the required supporting documents. 
A fee is payable on submission. It is especially important to have accurate information and strong supporting documents, including a covering letter.
This can greatly enhance your chance of having your application approved. Common reasons for rejection include:
  • Incorrect or insufficient documentation
  • Incorrect or incomplete application forms
Our solicitors will advise and assist you with your ILR application from start to finish.

What Documents Do I Need to Provide When Applying?

You will need to provide the following documents when applying for ILR, which include (not an exhaustive list:

  • Any previous travel documents
  • Evidence of your current leave to remain (Visa)
  • List of all absences from the UK during the last 10 years
  • Proof you meet the English language requirement and have passed the Life in the UK test
  • Your passport

What Are the Benefits?

The Indefinite Leave to Remain route provides you and your family with enhanced security for your future in the UK. You are also allowed to live and work in the UK, free from visa restrictions and you may leave the UK without the fear of not being allowed to return.

What if My Application is Refused?

If you are refused ILR, we understand this can be upsetting and stressful. Our expert team will be there by your side to advise you on all the options available to you if the worst should happen. Alternative options include:

  • Resubmitting your ILR application.
  • Applying for Judicial Review.
  • Launching an appeal if the option is available.

We will advise you on the most suitable way forward, depending on your circumstances. Our specialist immigration solicitors will be by your side throughout all stages of your application.

We will discuss your events and present you with options on how to proceed. Legal advice should always be sought before an application is submitted; the case must be argued well and in detail to prove that you meet the requirements.


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Why Choose Us?

Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with ILR and visa matters. They will expertly guide you in all aspects of your immigration and are ideally positioned to explain any complexities and can represent your position robustly in order to achieve your desired outcome. We have helped many individuals across the country through the sensitive and complex process of applying for ILR.

How to Get in Contact

Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at for further information and advice about our services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.

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