Settling In The UK

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Settlement in the UK is sometimes also known as indefinite leave to remain, permanent residence and settled status. There are many different routes to settlement in the UK. The route you use can depend on a number of factors including: ancestry and nationality; how and when someone entered the country; immigration history; whether or not they have any criminal convictions or are not of good character; their reason for wishing to settle in the UK; their absences from the UK; and many other factors. If you are in the UK and you wish to remain here, expert advice can help you decide what applications may be available to you, and your chances of success.

The scandal over Windrush, when so many were initially refused the status to which they were entitled, shows the importance of getting good legal advice in order to properly regularise your position in the UK.

The Home Office provides further information in respect of the relevant requirements for those with UK ancestry and those making applications under the Windrush scheme. However, please do not assume that the words used in this Guidance or the Immigration Rules are always interpreted in the way you would interpret them. Some apparently ordinary words may have a different or specific meaning when applied by the Home Office or once clarified by the Tribunals and courts.

As part of your application for settlement, you must enroll your fingerprints and facial image (known as ‘biometric information’) and obtain a biometric residence permit, which will confirm your immigration status and entitlements. Any dependents who apply at the same time as you will also need to do this.

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Unfortunately, if you make a serious mistake in your application (however innocent or unintentional), not only that your application may be refused but you may also be banned from the UK for up to 10 years. Due to the potential exchange of information between different countries, an application refused by the UK Home Office may also affect your chances of getting a visa for other countries. It is, therefore, always much better to properly prepare and invest in the initial application. This should secure a positive and desired outcome first time and avoid significant negative consequences (including extra costs, delays, stress and bans) for failing to do so.

Investing in specialist knowledge will enable you to make an informed decision as to how to proceed. It could also prevent you from making costly mistakes or missing opportunities. If you need advice on permanent residency or settling in the UK, contact our expert team of immigration solicitors today.

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Immigration Team

Vladimir Mikeljevic


0113 297 3177

Vladimir is a Level 3 (Immigration Law Advanced) Law Society accredited immigration solicitor. Read More.

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