Grant of indefinite leave to remain—information sheet
Grant of indefinite leave to remain—information sheet

The following Immigration guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Grant of indefinite leave to remain—information sheet
  • The meaning of settled status
  • Losing indefinite leave
  • Biometric Residence Permits
  • Changes of personal circumstances
  • BRP expiry
  • Travel and absences
  • When can I apply for British citizenship?
  • What are the benefits of applying for British citizenship?
  • Is there anything else I should consider before applying for British citizenship?

I am pleased to enclose a letter from the Home Office which confirms that you [and your [wife OR husband OR partner]] [and your children] have been granted indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK. You are now treated as having settled status. It is important that you keep this letter in a safe place. I also enclose a Home Office leaflet which explains your new immigration status. You will shortly receive a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) [for each of you] which confirms your new immigration status.

Please ensure that you show your original passport and BRP to your UK employer as soon as possible, and preferably on the first working day after you receive the BRP. They must check and take a copy of both documents in order to satisfy themselves of your continuing right to work in the UK.

Note that while the information below is correct as at today's date, UK immigration and nationality law is subject to regular change.

The meaning of settled status

The main consequences of having indefinite leave are:

  1. you no longer have any time restrictions on your stay here

  2. you are able to work for any employer in any profession and/or set up a business without restriction

  3. you are able to study any type of