Indefinite leave to remain definition

What does Indefinite leave to remain mean?

Immigration status that is granted to a migrant confirming that they are free from immigration control. This is also referred to as ‘settlement’ or ‘permanent residence’. Abbreviated to ILR.


Leave under the Immigration Act 1971 (IA 1971) to enter or remain in the United Kingdom which is not limited as to duration: see IA 1971, s 33(1).
No conditions of a kind that can be attached to a grant of limited leave can be attached to indefinite leave and where limited leave is varied such that the limit on its duration is removed any conditions attached to the original leave shall cease to apply: IA 1971, s 3(3)(a). A person with indefinite leave can return to the UK within two years of last departing and be admitted as a person who has leave to enter granted before his arrival; however where a holder of indefinite leave has stayed outside the UK for a continuous period of more than two years the leave shall thereupon lapse: see Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000, SI 2000/1161, art 13.

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