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ILR Checklist: Every Document You'll Need

If you want to become a person with settled status in the UK, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a number of documents and information to prove your eligibility.

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    Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain can seem daunting and time consuming, especially if applicants have come to the end of their visa.

    It is essential to ensure you have everything you need for a successful application to ease concerns about living in the UK indefinitely.

    Whether you are applying for settlement or applying to extend your visa, it is imperative that you remain within the UK during your processing time, otherwise your application will become void.

    You do not need to wait until your visa expires to apply for ILR.

    In this blog post, we set out an up-to-date Indefinite Leave to Remain document checklist for 2022. This checklist provides everything you will need to acquire before starting your ILR application.


    Before applying, you should ensure you already have the following documents. This is to ensure there are no missing documents, which can hinder your case.

    Ensuring you have all documents in their correct format and translation will streamline the process and speed things up in the long run.

    All documents must be in their original forms, no photocopies are allowed.

    You should check your eligibility before you apply to see if you qualify for ILR.

    All documents provided should be converted into English, Welsh, or Gaelic through a certified translation.

    Your ILR document checklist is as follows:

    • A passport or other valid travel document
    • Information which details periods of absence
    • Proof of English language ability
    • Life in the UK test information
    • A Biometric Residence Permit
    • Accommodation information

    Additional documents

    If you include an adult dependent in an ILR application, the documents should include birth records.

    If your application to receive ILR from a partner in the UK, you must demonstrate the permanent relationship between you and your partner.

    You also have to provide details about any change in circumstance, including changing your marriage status or name. Additional information which may be required includes:

    • Financial information
    • Birth certificates of any dependents if you are including them in your application
    • A letter from a clinician if you have a long-term medical or physical condition
    • Evidence which proves cohabitation (if the application is through the partner route)
    • Police registration certificate (if you have been asked to register with the police)
    • Documentation which details changes in circumstances

    What is Indefinite leave to remain (ILR)

    Indefinite leave for rest (ILR) is a form of permanent settlement that enables non-Brits to reside in Britain permanently for longer periods.

    In general, you must be living legally in England for at least five years before applying for an ILR.

    Sometimes it is feasible that you may qualify earlier for a scholarship.

    It has many advantages for British citizens if their stay with the United Kingdom remains a temporary or permanent one.

    You also have an opportunity to work without restrictions.

    How long does it take for ILR forms to be processed?

    The indefinite leave to remain application process takes 3 to 6 months to be processed.

    Unless a document is submitted correctly this can cause delays to your request. For faster approval of your application, you can use a priority service which will be processed within ten working days.

    This service comes at an additional fee. You can stay in Britain while processing an indefinite Leave application.

    Other ways you can stay

    There are ways to check your eligibility for Indefinite Leave to Remain, which may provide you with other options if you do not qualify.

    If you’re not eligible for indefinite leave to remain, you may be able to apply for Leave to Remain, which will enable you to extend your visa for a further 2 years.

    You need to have maintained continuous legal residence in the UK for 10 years.


    Indefinite leave to remain currently costs £2,404.

    Extending your stay currently costs £1,048.

    You can pay an extra £800 for a fast track service which enables a 1-2 working day result after providing your biometric information.

    Biometric residence permits take up to 10 working days to arrive.

    It’s important to remember that there will be other costs involved, such as the Life in the UK and English language tests.

    The translation of documents will also need to be arranged by yourself, which will also come at an additional cost.

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      How can Newcastle Immigration Lawyers help?

      The ILR applications tend to be very complex, and will require the help of an immigration specialist in processing a case.

      Our legal professionals can determine if you may be able to apply for ILR and fill out a petition for your leave of absence.

      In addition, we will examine the document checklist together and make sure you have everything needed to support your application.

      Our immigration professionals have specialised in immigration law across Britain. Their knowledge is able to assist thousands of applicants with the best ILR application possible – ensuring success for their application.

      Here at Newcastle Immigration Lawyers, we are passionate about the work we do. We can help you to prepare all your documents for Indefinite Leave to Remain with our application package.

      One of our specialist immigration lawyers will provide the most up-to-date and accurate Indefinite Leave to Remain guidance for 2022 and support with your portfolio of evidence. They will take the time to understand your circumstances and prepare a document checklist for you, containing all the information which you will need to provide.

      They will help you to source this information, before submitting it in its proper form to the Home Office, ensuring your documents adhere to all necessary administrative standards.

      They will also complete your Indefinite Leave to Remain application form and submit the full application to the Home Office.

      We are confident in saying that we will maximise your chances of securing ILR status in the UK. We can also assist with British citizenship and British passport applications.

      Call our friendly legal team now on 0191 303 8965 to find out more about our specialist ILR application package.

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