Leave to remain definition

What does Leave to remain mean?

A form of immigration status that is granted to an applicant following an application to vary, extend or switch their existing immigration permission to remain in the UK.


Permission given to a person who is already in the UK, and who would have required leave to enter (whether or not he has such leave), to stay in the UK.
A person who is not a British citizen, or as otherwise provided by or under the Immigration Act 1971 (IA 1971), and who is already in the UK may be given leave to remain for a limited or for an indefinite period and if given for a limited period may be given subject to stipulated conditions: see IA 1971 1971, s 3(1). The power under IA 1971 to give or refuse leave to remain shall be exercised by the Secretary of State for the Home Department: IA 1971, s 4(1).

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