Further Leave and Indefinite Leave to Remain (Settlement) Applications
Leave to remain is the permission granted by UK authorities for you to stay in the United Kingdom for a certain period of time. It is granted in country once you have entered the UK. You may have been granted leave to enter the UK and are seeking permission to extend your stay or you could be seeking to regularise your stay.
Alternately you may be applying for permission to stay in the UK permanently without any restrictions or time limits. This is called indefinite leave to remain and may also be referred to as settlement. There are very few immigration categories for which indefinite leave is granted at the outset, most migrants will need one or more periods of limited leave before applying for settlement.
Where leave to remain is sought it must be for a specific purpose such as to visit, study, work or live with a family member in the UK. There are many different routes in which you can be granted leave to remain in the UK. The most common categories of migrant who can obtain leave include:
- Partners of a person settled in the UK or any other relevant person
- Parents of a child in the UK
- Investors and business
- Asylum claims
Understanding whether you can apply for leave to remain can be difficult with a number of categories, conditions and application forms to take into account. The process can often be long and drawn out. If you feel that you are eligible to be granted leave to remain but are having any trouble with an application and would appreciate some specialist advice do not hesitate to contact our Immigration Department. Our specialists can provide the best support to anyone seeking to understand and apply for leave to remain.