2) Time frame for Applications after 09 th July 2012

For those, who obtained leave on the basis of rules in place on or after 09 th of July 2012, they need to complete 5 years of residence and also fulfil all the criteria given regarding suitability, eligibility, financial requirements and other more stringent rules.

Requirements of Indefinite Leave to Remain - Spouse Visa Applicants

Relationship Requirements

The applicant and his sponsor needs to provide evidences that both of them have been in a subsisting relationship throughout the 5 years’ period and intend to live together permanently.

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Financial Requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain for Spouse Visa Applicants

At present only those applicants will qualify for Indefinite leave to remain who have had leave to remain in place prior to 11 April 2024. They will therefore need to meet the income criteria in place prior to 11 April 2024.

The applicant and his / her sponsor must provide evidence of having earned at least £18,600 in the last 12 months plus an additional £3800 for the first child and an additional £2400 for each additional child (if children are also applying to come with the applicant). This amount can be earned through employment / self-employment of the partner in the UK or through one of the following specified sources of incomes.

They may also use their savings that have been maintained for over 6 months` period.

They may also use their specified pension income.

They may also make use of maternity allowance or bereavement income received by the partner of the applicant, in the UK.

Other specified income of the applicant or his / her partner.

Exemption from Financial requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain for Spouse Visa Applicants ?

The applicant does not need to provide any specific level of earnings only if his partner is in receipt of one or more of the following:

Disability Living Allowance

Severe Disablement Allowance

Industrial Injury Disablement Benefit

Attendance Allowance

Carer`s Allowance

Personal Independence Payment

Armed Forces Independence Payment or Guaranteed Income Payment under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme; or

Constant Attendance Allowance, Mobility Supplement or War Disablement Pension under the War Pensions Scheme; or

Police Injury Pension; or

Child Disability Payment; or

Adult Disability Payment.


The applicant’s partner would however need to provide evidences of having adequate funds for the maintenance and accommodation without recourse to public funds.

Life in the UK Test & English Language Requirements:

Unless, exempt due to being over 65 years of age, disability (physical or mental or other exceptional circumstances, the applicant also needs to provide evidence that he either:

Has passed an approved English language test at B1 level; or

Is a national of one of the specified English speaking countries; or

Has passed Bachelors or Masters or PHD degree which was taught in English.

In addition to the English language requirement, the applicant is also required to pass life in the UK Test.

Absences from the UK

The maximum number of absences allowed is 3 months in a year. Any periods of longer absences need to be properly explained. The applicants are not allowed to add time spent on one any immigration categories.

Super Priority Service for ILR Application

We can arrange for super Priority service for this application and represent our clients in getting their Indefinite Leave to Remain expeditiously, by making sure that all requirements are met and making appropriate representations.


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A) Assessment of your Immigration Matter: We carefully asses merits of your intended visa application, further leave to remain, immigration appeal, Judicial Review or any other immigration matter, as the case may be.

B) Immigration Advice: Upon assessment of your matter, we advise you on the most appropriate way forward by keeping in view your personal circumstances and the relevant law.

C) Engagement of Our Immigration Services: Once engaged, we shall provide you with a comprehensive list of documents / information required for preparing your immigration application, immigration appeal, Immigration Judicial Review and Administrative Review, as the case may be.

D) Review of Information and Documents: We then very carefully review the requested documentation and information and make sure that your application etc. is aligned with the relevant laws. In immigration appeal or Judicial Review matters, we discuss suitability of the immigration barristers for the particular matters.

E) Representations:We believe that for any successful UK visa application, leave to remain application, UK immigration appeals, immigration Judicial Review or Admin Review, it is pivotal that you are thoroughly & efficaciously represented. For the same reasons, we very carefully draft your covering letters, Grounds of Appeal, Grounds of Judicial Review or Skeleton Arguments etc. in order to conclude your immigration matters successfully.

F) Follow-up: Once the immigration matter is submitted or filed, when & where necessary, we keep tabs on the Home office or the Immigration Tribunals and update you accordingly.

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