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What you need to know to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK


Are you a South African expat planning to settle in the UK? You may need to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).


Data published by the UK’s office for national statistics in March 2021, shows that a significant number of South Africans have made a move to the UK permanently, despite travel being significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

ILR, or UK settlement, grants an applicant the right to live and work in the UK without any immigration restrictions and is the first step towards naturalization as a British citizen. Typically, you must have spent at least five years in the UK before you can apply for ILR, though in certain circumstances you can apply after three or two years.


There are different ways to apply for ILR:
If you work in the UK
If you have family in the UK
If you’ve lived in the UK for 10 years
If you’re a Commonwealth citizen


To make an application for ILR you will need to complete the relevant form and compile the supporting documents to submit to the Home Office. You will also need to prove your English skills through a Secure English Language Test or SELT.


If you’re looking for a fast, convenient and low-preparation Secure English Language Test, consider taking PTE Home.

Approved by the UK Home Office, PTE Home has levels of test A1, A2 and B1. It is a speaking and listening test that gives a pass or fail result, typically within 48 hours. PTE Home is taken on a computer in a secure and friendly test environment. And what’s better, you won’t need to prepare a topic in advance unlike with other SELT providers.


What’s even better, readers of South Africans in the UK can now benefit from a 10% discount simply by using the voucher code SAUK10 at checkout. Book your test here.


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