205. Settlement after limited leave.

A person is 'settled in the United Kingdom' when he is ordinarily resident1 in the United Kingdom without being subject under the immigration laws to any restriction on the period for which he may remain2. Persons who are in the United Kingdom and subject to immigration control automatically cease to be subject to such a restriction when they are granted indefinite leave to remain. The grant of settlement involves an exercise of discretion but will normally be granted if the requirements of the Immigration Rules3 are met, unless a general ground for refusing leave is identified and relied upon