United Kingdom

UK Permanent Residency

The United Kingdom remains a desirable destination for many people from outside the European Union in search of a better life for themselves and their families.Obtaining Permanent Residence in UKis a lengthy process, taking an average of 5 years, depending on which route you are applying under.An individual with a PR status can live and work in the UK indefinitely. There are no immigration restrictions on working anywhere in the UK and without any time limit on your stay.However, the right to PR can expire if an individual does not stay in the country for a continuous periodof 2 years.

Eligibility for UK Resident Status
The rules to apply for UK PR for non-EU citizens are quite straightforward. If you have lived legally in the UK for a set number of years, you can apply for permanent residency.

You must spend a certain period of time in the UK on various visas to be able to apply for UK PR:

  • Marriage to a UK citizen: 2 years
  • Tier 1 – Entrepreneur Visa: 5 years
  • Tier 2 – General Work Permit: 5 years
  • Lawful stay on any basis (long stay): 10 years

If you have completed the stated length of time living in the UK on a visa in any of the categories above, you may be eligible to apply for UK PR.

TIER 1 – ENTREPRENEUR VISA
The Tier 1 EntrepreneurVisa, also called the UK Golden Visa, is a Tier 1 visa category which allows a migrant and their family to enterand settle in the UK by way of amonetary investment. This route is open to all nationalities and does not have any maximum age restrictions.

As a general rule, the migrant must have a minimum of £2 million for investment in the UK at the time of application in order to be granted the visa. These funds must then be invested within 3 months of entry to the UK and continued to remain invested for the length of the visa.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) depends on how much money is invested.
If you invest £2 million, then you qualify for ILR after a period of 5 years.
If you invest £5 million, then you qualify for ILR after a period of 3 years.
If you invest £10 million, then you qualify for ILR after a period of 2 years.

Family & Children are included
Yes, spouses or unmarried partners who have lived with you for 2 years or more can be included in your application.Dependent children under the age of 18 can also be included.Children have full access to state schools and spouses have the full right to work or study.

Can You Apply For British Nationality?
Yes. For migrants who invest £2 million will be able to apply for British nationality after 1 year of having obtained ILR, which would be in the 6th year. And for those who invest either £5 million or £10 million, the process to apply for British citizenshipshall be reduced by a year.

TIER 2 - GENERAL WORK VISA
This category is meant for skilled workers who wish to migrate to the UK permanently and address the labor skill shortage needs of the country. Candidates under the Tier 2 visa are selected through the point-based system, and is issued only to highly skilled individuals who are offered employment in the United Kingdom.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a valid job offer or a job in the occupation list.
  • Be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
  • Get sponsored by a legitimate UK employer to be able to work in the UK.

Application & Processing Time for UK Tier 2 Visa
All candidates are advised to apply for the tier 2 visa 3 months in advance from the date you’re due to start work in the UK. Your profile shall be processed within 3 weeks if you are applying from outside the UK.

General list of documents required to apply for UK Immigration:

  • A certifiedcopy of sponsorship reference number (Tier 1 General Visa).
  • Proof of English language proficiency.
  • Copy of bank statement to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds or personal savings to support yourselves in UK.
  • A current passport or travel document to prove you can travel - you need a blank page in your passport for your visa.
  • Copy of expired passports or travel related documents to show your travel history.
  • Medical test results.
  • Copy of criminal record certificates.
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