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Tier 2 to ILR

Tier 2 to ILR

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If you currently have leave to be in the UK on a Tier 2 Work Visa, you may be considering your options for Permanent Residence in the future. If so, you may be able to switch from your Tier 2 to ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain). The Tier 2 General Visa can be extended for up to six years, providing you still have a job with a registered UK sponsor. If you want to stay in the UK for longer, you can apply to switch from your Tier 2 General to ILR after five years.

Once you are granted ILR, you will have permanent residence in the UK and no longer be subject to the same restrictions as the Tier 2 Visa. This means that you will no longer need to work for a company with a Sponsor License or work in a position with a skills shortage if you do not want.

How can IAS help?

Our immigration lawyers can help you switch from your Tier 2 to ILR. Our expert lawyers can help you every step of the way. They will advise you on the Life in the UK test and the English Language test. This test only applies to nationals from non-English speaking countries.

Your lawyer will produce a Letter of Representation. This is a legal document referencing your case and any UK immigration law that might support it. He/she will also provide a full document check to ensure your evidence is sufficient. Call us on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to speak to an expert lawyer about your Tier 2 to ILR application.

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You will be eligible to switch from Tier 2 to ILR if you have been working in the UK for at least five years. You will also need to:

  • Be earning £35,500 per year or more;
  • Have no unspent convictions;
  • Have been living and working in the UK;
  • Still be employed by a registered Tier 2 Sponsor who is able to hire foreign workers

You can start your application to switch to ILR before your current visa expires. You will need to submit this application from the Home Office website.

To begin the application process, you will need to pass the Life in the UK test. This is a test about British values, culture history, and current affairs. You may also need to prove your English Language ability if you are not a national of an English-speaking country. These tests are vital to applying to change from Tier 2 General to ILR.

The Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer Visa is used by those who are looking to transfer to a UK branch of their multinational company. It has similar requirements to the Tier 2 General Visa, such as minimum salary, CoS, and evidence of maintenance.

However, any time spent in the UK on the Tier 2 ICT Visa will not count towards settlement.

This means that workers on a Tier 2 ICT Visa who would like to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain will have to switch to the Tier 2 General Visa and then live in the UK for five years before applying for permanent residence.

The IAS lawyers have experience helping clients get their permanent residence after their Work Visas. An application for ILR is very difficult and requires attention to detail and a lot of preparation.

Our services include:

  • Assessing your eligibility for ILR;
  • Preparing you for the Life in the UK test;
  • Ensuring you have the right documents on your immigration history;
  • Completing every stage of your application forms for you;
  • Undertaking a full document check and organizing your evidence;
  • Liaising with the Home Office throughout;
  • Writing a Letter of Representation. This describes the merits of your case with reference to UK immigration laws.

Contact us today on +1844 290 6312 or use our online contact form to speak to an experienced immigration lawyer about your options for switching from Tier 2 General to ILR.