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Can You Obtain ILR with a UK Work Visa?

Yes, it is possible to obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK with a UK work visa, depending on the specific visa category and the length of time you have spent in the UK.

ILR, also known as settlement, grants individuals the right to live and work in the UK indefinitely without any immigration restrictions. Once you have obtained ILR, you are no longer subject to visa requirements and can remain in the UK permanently.

The eligibility criteria and requirements for ILR vary depending on the visa category. Generally, to be eligible for ILR with a UK work visa, you will need to meet the following criteria:

Length of residence: Most work visa categories require a specific period of continuous residence in the UK before you can be eligible for ILR. The length of time required can vary, but it is typically between five to ten years of lawful and continuous residence.

Compliance with visa conditions: You must have adhered to the conditions of your work visa throughout your stay in the UK. This includes maintaining employment with a sponsoring employer, if applicable, and complying with all relevant immigration rules.

English language and Life in the UK test: In most cases, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in the English language and pass the Life in the UK test as part of the ILR application process.

Absences from the UK: There are specific rules regarding the number and length of absences from the UK that may impact your eligibility for ILR. Excessive absences from the UK within a certain period may affect your ability to qualify for settlement.

It’s important to note that the specific eligibility requirements for ILR with a work visa can vary depending on the visa category, and there may be additional requirements or criteria that need to be met. It’s advisable to consult the official UK government website or seek professional immigration advice for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the specific work visa category you hold and its eligibility for ILR.

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