Indefinite Leave To Remain
Your biometric residence permit will show your settled status in the UK. It usually says one of the following:
‘Indefinite leave to remain’
‘Indefinite leave to enter’
‘No time limit’
Your BRP lasts for 10 years, and will have an expiry date. You must apply for a replacement 3 months before it expires.
You should take your BRP with you if you travel outside of the UK to ensure that you can re-enter when you return.
If you are out of the UK for more than two years, you may be eligible for a returning resident visa. You must be able to show that you plan to return to live in the UK permanently.
Family members may be able to join you, but are subject to immigration riles depending on their relationship to you and the type of family member they are.
If you have a child who is not a British citizen, but who was born in the UK on or after 1 January 1983, they may be able to register as a British citizen once you have Indefinite Leave to Remain.
Unlike British citizenship, which is granted for life, ILR may lapse. It can be taken away under certain circumstances.
- If you commit a serious crime and you are deported
- If you obtained leave by deception
- If you were granted ILR as a refugee, and cease to be a refugee
- If you stay outside of the UK for a continuous period of two years.
If you or your parents came from a Commonwealth country and were settled in the UK on 1 January 1973, or arrived in the UK from any country before 1988, you may be eligible to apply to the Windrush Scheme.