The right to work in the UK—settled status and British citizenship

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The right to work in the UK—settled status and British citizenship
  • Settled status
  • British citizenship

The right to work in the UK—settled status and British citizenship

A person who qualifies for settled status or British citizenship has an unconditional right to work in the UK.

Settled status

If a person has settled status in the UK then they are entitled to work here. 'Settled status', 'indefinite leave to remain' and 'permanent residence' all mean the same thing.

Family members may join a person with settled status, and can apply for British citizenship after 12 months.

There is a wide variety of categories of person who can qualify to apply for settled status. They include:

  1. persons who have sufficient continuous compliant employment in the UK under various schemes including:

    1. skilled workers

    2. sportspersons

    3. ministers of religion

    4. innovators

    5. persons qualifying under the Global Talent scheme

    6. private servants in diplomatic households

    7. domestic workers in private households

    8. overseas government employees

    9. members of the operational ground staff of an overseas-owned airline

    10. Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) migrants (reduced to three years continuous employment if ten full time jobs have been created or an extra turnover of £5,000,000 has been achieved)

    11. Tier 1 (Investor) migrants (reduced to two or three years continuous employment if an investment of £10 million or £5 million respectively has been made in the UK)

    12. retired persons of independent means

  2. spouses and civil partners of certain persons who are settled or applying for settlement at the same time

  3. bereaved

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