Tier 2 ILR – Tier 2 General to Indefinite Leave to Remain


Tier 2 ILR

Update: As of 1 December 2020, the Tier 2 (General) ILR route no longer exists and has been superseded by the Skilled Worker ILR route. Individuals on Tier 2 General visa can apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) to settle in the UK. Tier 2 General visa holders need to have lived in the UK for a qualifying period of 5 years and fulfil several requirements such as minimum annual salary threshold and at the appropriate rate among others. We advise and help with Tier 2 ILR visa applications on a daily basis.

Contact us today so that we can assess your situation, advise you on the requirements and help you make a successful ILR application. Learn more about how you can apply for settlement – ILR under Tier 2 General category, application requirements, documents and fees you need to submit for the application. Important: Tier 2 (General) route will be replaced by the Skilled Migrant Worker Visa route post Brexit.

Settled Status in the UK refers to the immigration status granted to eligible EU, EEA, and Swiss citizens, as well as their family members, who were living in the UK before the end of the Brexit transition period (December 31, 2020). It allows individuals to continue living and working in the UK without any immigration restrictions. Settled Status is part of the UK government’s EU Settlement Scheme, which was introduced to protect the rights of EU citizens and their family members residing in the UK after Brexit. Once granted Settled Status, individuals are granted the right to stay indefinitely in the UK and enjoy various benefits and services.

Tier 2 ILR Requirements

Tier 2 General visa holders will need to fulfil all the requirements for Points Based System settlement applications including some specific Tier 2 requirements.

Please note that this article only refers to the requirements of Tier 2 General visa migrants and there might be different rules and requirements for other Tier 2 visa categories including Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer), Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) and Tier 2 (Sportsperson). The Home Office will not take into account leave spent under Post Study Work Visa – UK Graduate Immigration Route.

Generally, the main settlement requirements following the Tier 2 General visa category includes; Meeting minimum income threshold under current Tier 2 sponsorship Fulfilling conditions of a qualifying period of residence in the UK for settlement Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK – You will need to submit proof of passing the life in the UK test and possessing an English qualification at a minimum level of level B1. All of the major requirements are further discussed in details in the sections below.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK is an immigration status that grants an individual the right to live and work in the country without any time restrictions. ILR is also known as settlement or permanent residency. It allows individuals to stay in the UK for an indefinite period and provides them with a wide range of benefits, such as access to public funds, healthcare, and education.