“Does indefinite leave to remain end?” sounds a bit of a daft question. After all most of us think that indefinite means without end. However, the dictionary definition of indefinite is “not exact or not clear; without clear limits” and the synonyms of indefinite are “vague, uncertain and unclear”. That is not exactly comforting if you are a non-EEA national who wants to secure permanent residence in the UK.
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What is indefinite leave to remain?
The difference between indefinite leave to remain and British citizenship
• Give permanent Immigration status – it only indefinite status and although that means the Immigration status is not time limited, it does not necessarily provide complete security;
• Allow a migrant to leave the UK for more than two years without losing their indefinite leave to remain status;
• Allow a migrant to obtain a British passport;
• Enable a migrant to vote in British elections.
• Remain in the UK without having to make repeat visa applications to UK Visas and Immigration with all the hassle, paperwork and fees that repeat visa applications involve;
• Apply for naturalisation as a British citizen after they have held indefinite leave to remain status for at least one year and meet the other British citizenship criteria. If a non-EEA citizen is married (or in a civil partnership) to a British citizen or to a person with Settled Status, the one-year rule requirement for holding indefinite leave to remain does not apply.
The ending of indefinite leave to remain
• There is more than two years absence from the UK;
• If a criminal offence is committed that could lead to deportation from the UK;
• For reasons of UK national security;
• The Home Office is satisfied that the indefinite leave to remain status was secured either by deception or by false documentation.
Loss of indefinite leave to remain through two years absence from the UK
How can OTS Solicitors help?
For advice on applying for indefinite leave to remain or for help with the loss of indefinite leave to remain or to apply for British citizenship please call us on 0203 959 9123 to arrange an appointment to speak to one of our experienced London immigration solicitors who will be happy to help.
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Posted on: Friday, 12 July, 2019