Bishop & Sewell

Settlement in the UK, also known as indefinite leave to remain, is a huge relief to most people who have come to the UK. Satisfying the Home Office requirements can also be one of the greatest challenges.

Settling means that you can stay in the UK without any time restrictions.

To qualify, you must have had valid leave in the UK for a certain length of time. The time period required depends on which category you are applying under.  You must be of good character. There may be financial requirements and you may also need to demonstrate knowledge of language and life in the UK. Bishop & Sewell solicitors will be able to provide you with clear advice regarding whether you are eligible to apply and if so, which requirements you will have to satisfy. We provide assistance with the following settlement applications:

  • Indefinite leave to remain on the basis of long residence
  • Indefinite leave to remain in one of the Points Based System categories
  • Indefinite leave to remain as a Refugee
  • Indefinite leave to remain on the basis of Discretionary Leave to Remain
  • Indefinite leave to remain as a victim of domestic violence
  • Indefinite leave to remain as partner or child of a British citizen

Obtaining settlement can be complex, particularly if you have had more than one type of visa since you came to the UK or if you have a submitted an application which has been refused. Failing to disclose relevant information may result in a refusal and is likely to prejudice future applications.

You need to get the right legal advice and assistance from a specialist immigration solicitor, whether you are applying for the first time or following a refusal. We can advise you on the requirements and procedure for a settlement application. We can also provide advice and assistance when an application has been refused.

How we can help?

The requirements for settling in the UK are highly prescriptive and the Home Office routinely refuse applications. Our highly experienced team of immigration lawyers will assist in preparing and submitting your application to achieve the best possible outcome.

If you’d like to discuss matters further, please email our Immigration team on or complete the online enquiry form on this page.

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