The United Kingdom is one of the favourable and desirable destinations for many from outside the EU looking for a better and promising livelihood. Getting permanent residence UK is a lengthy procedure, taking about 5 years and highly depending on which route you have taken to settlement. Here, it has been explained in detail about permanent residence in the UK, a route that you can take to go on this path, how to apply for it, eligibility criteria, how long is it going to take, etc.
Permanent Residence is also acknowledged as ‘Indefinite Leave to Remain’, permanent residence in the UK is an immigration status that is allowed to a person, without Right of Abode. Any person who has this immigration status can reside or work in the UK freely and without any botheration on a permanent basis. The person is not going to have any immigration concerns or restrictions on doing business or working or living in the UK, with no time limits on the stay. Though, the right could lapse if a person spends over 2 years of time outside the UK. In case of any concern, feel free to discuss the requirement with our top-notch solicitors with experience in Immigration.
If you have lived in the UK for 5 years or more than that, you can at present apply for a permanent residence card. Though, you do not require showing a permanent residence card to acknowledge your residence status in the country until and unless:
Duly note that your permanent residence card will not be valid after 31st December 2020. If you want to continue living in the UK, you and your family can apply for the EU settlement scheme.
As required that you meet the eligibility criteria, to apply for the permanent residence UK, it is needed to do the proper documentation mentioning your UK permanent residence status via EEA – PR application process, either through a paper form or online.
In case, you choose the online option to apply to, it will be required to take out the print of the complete form and then dispatch it to Home Office with your original documents using the address that is mentioned over the form. Include the fee that will be £65 fee per person along with supporting documents that have been listed on the form. Do understand that, the online system cannot be applicable for those, who fall in the below-mentioned criteria:
Yes, the biometric information involving a photograph of yours and fingerprints will be required and taken and it will be told after you will apply for the permanent residence UK status. For the same, you have to pay £19.20 to get the work done.
If you belong to a non-EU country and would prefer to settle in the UK permanently then you may apply for the permanent residence status. In some cases, applying for indefinite leave to remain could be complex. Though, if you have lived in the UK legally for a minimum of 5 years, the likely probability is there that you qualify well to get the residency. When it comes to getting permanent residency, applying and completing the application must be the last thing to do on your list. First, do check and go through the eligibility criteria and collect all the needed documents and paperwork for the application. It is a must that you have access to all the information in hand including your immigration history, particularly if you have been on many visas since your arrival in the UK. Altogether, the application form can be completed as per the requirement and there are 2 application forms that are available, so do select the right form that will be suited and applicable in your situation.
If you are 18 or above and have successfully applied to become a British citizen, then it will be mandatory for you to attend a citizenship ceremony. It is required to book the ceremony within 3 months of time starting from when the invitation came from Home Office. The local council is going to arrange and organize everything as usually, citizenship ceremonies are held in groups. If you prefer it to be private, you can ask the council. While going to the ceremony, you will be required to take your invitation along and generally, 2 guests are allowed to go on with you.
To attend a citizenship group ceremony costs £80. The private ceremonies cost more and to know about the fee, feel free to check it with your local council. During the ceremony, it is required to take an oath of allegiance or more like an acknowledgement assuring that you promise to respect the freedom, right and laws of the country, UK. At the end of the citizenship ceremony, you will be presented with a welcome pack and certificate of your British citizenship. Some local council’s even sell videos or photographs of the event.
In case you are not living in the UK at that time, when you were asked to attend a citizenship ceremony, consult with the embassy or consulate to discuss if it is possible to have the ceremony there where you are living by. If you are abroad for a short while, you can ask them to postpone it while you return to the UK. Still, you must book your ceremony within 3 months of getting an invite.
It will be required to apply for the citizenship of a child on an individual basis. It is not possible to include your children and apply for their citizenship in your own application. You can apply to get citizenship for your child and do the registration in case they were born either:
To apply for each child, it is going to cost around £1,012. Also, you have to pay £80 for your child’s citizenship ceremony as well if they are going to turn 18 during the application process.
In case, your child is born in the UK or after you get your permanent residence status, then there is no need to apply for the citizenship of your child. He or she is automatically a British Citizen in that scenario.
Though the term and status are referred to as permanent residency, it is always advisable to keep few things in mind always.
Immigration Solicitors4Me is a preeminent and leading UK immigration and visa law firm specialized in taking care of EEA permanent residence, immigration appeals, British citizenship, entry clearance settlement, refusal matters, and other complex matters with ease.
Our panel of solicitors are not only experienced but simply passionate about their expertise and know how’s of the industry and helping others in settling permanently in the UK or taking care of any other concern. There is an assurance of access to friendly, professional and trusted services to avoid any delays or concerns with your application. Feel free to connect with us anytime and we would assure to serve you in the best way possible.
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