Settlement is also called ‘indefinite leave to remain’ and means you will be allowed to stay in the UK without time restrictions.
We can assist you to apply for settlement in the UK if you have completed the period of time as prescribed in the relevant immigration rule (normally 5 years, but this can also be different periods depending on the category of leave you have or the circumstances you find yourself in).
We can make the application during the last month of your current permission to be in the UK. It is very important not to let your current visa expire before submitting the application as you will become an over-stayer and may lose your right to appeal, if refused. The Home Office do not consider application made more than 28 days before the expiry of the leave. However, you would need to make preparations well before this date and gather together evidence.
We can include your partner and any children on your settlement application if they are already in the UK as your dependants.
The Home Office requires you to pay an application fee upon submittal of the application, except if you are applying for settlement as a refugee or person with humanitarian protection. Your application will be rejected as invalid if you fail to pay the fee and could potentially become an over-stayer as a result.
You will in most circumstances be required to prove and provide evidence that you have knowledge of Language and Life in the UK unless you are exempt.