As a partner of a British child, you may be eligible to apply for ILR if you have lived in the UK for at least 5 continuous years under a 5-year parent route.

ILR as a Parent of a British Child refers to Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a parent of a child who is a British citizen and is under 18 years of age. Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is a common way to settle in the UK. It is also known as 'settlement'.

ILR allows you to live, work or study in the UK without any immigration restrictions. You may be able to apply for the benefits if eligible.

UK immigration rules and requirements are subject to change, so it is always best to consult with a qualified immigration solicitor for the most up-to-date information.

If you are applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a parent of a British child, our team of immigration solicitors can provide you with the help you need. Call us on 0203 417 3700 for legal advice and assistance with your ILR application.

Page Contents

  1. ILR as a Parent of a British Child (5-Year Route)
  2. How to apply for ILR as a parent of a British child?
  3. Requirements for ILR as a parent of a British child?
  4. What documents are required to apply for ILR?
  5. How long does it take to process an ILR application?
  6. Super Priority Service for ILR applications
  7. Priority Service for ILR applications
  8. Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application fee
  9. Solicitors for ILR applications
  10. Need Legal Advice & Assistance?

How to apply for ILR as a parent of a British child?

You must apply online for an ILR as a parent of a British child after the completion of 5 years if meet all the eligibility requirements. If you need expert legal advice or guidance then you can contact our highly experienced immigration solicitors based in London.

The steps for an ILR application are as follows:

  • Assess your eligibility for an ILR application (if not sure, our immigration solicitors can help)
  • Complete and submit the ILR application form online
  • Pay the relevant ILR application fee
  • Upload documents in support of your ILR application
  • Book and attend a biometric appointment.
  • Wait for the outcome (you should get a decision within 6 months)

The application process for ILR can be complex, and it is recommended that you seek professional legal advice if you are unsure about any aspect of the process.

Requirements for ILR as a parent of a British child?

To apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK as a parent of a British child, you must meet certain requirements. These include:

  • You must be the parent of a child who is a British citizen
  • Your child must be under the age of 18
  • You must have lived in the UK continuously for at least five years under 5-year parent route
  • You must meet the suitability criteria as set out in Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules
  • You must not have breached any UK immigration laws
  • You must meet the English language requirement by passing an approved English language test at a B1 level, or by having a degree that was taught or researched in English;
  • You have passed the Life in the UK test;
  • You must be able to support yourself without relying on public funds.

You must meet all other eligibility requirements depending on your personal circumstances.

What documents are required to apply for ILR?

To apply for ILR as a parent of a British child under the 5-year route, you will need to provide supporting documents along with your application form.

The required documents may include:

  • Your current passport or other valid travel documents
  • Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) (if issued)
  • Your child's full birth certificate, issued in the UK or another country and showing the names of both parents
  • Evidence of your relationship with your child
  • Proof that your child is a British citizen, such as their passport or birth certificate
  • Evidence of your residency in the UK for the past 5 years, such as tenancy agreements or utility bills
  • Evidence of your income including payslips, bank statements, or tax returns
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, unless you are exempted
  • Life in the UK test certificate

Depending on your individual circumstances, you may need to provide additional documents. This could include things like medical certificates or criminal record checks.

How long does it take to process an ILR application?

You will usually get a decision from Home Office (UKVI) within 6 months if you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) using the standard service. You might be able to use “Super Priority Service” or “Priority Service” to get a faster decision.

Super Priority Service for ILR applications

You may be able to apply for an ILR as a parent of a British child using the “Super Priority Service” to get a faster decision by the end of the next working day (within 24 hours). You will need to pay £800 in addition to the ILR application fee.

Priority Service for ILR applications

You may be able to choose the “Priority Service” when you apply for an ILR as a parent of a British child to get a faster decision within 5 working days. You will need to pay £500 in addition to the ILR application fee.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application fee

Currently, Home Office (UKVI) fee for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) application is £2,404 per applicant, if you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) using the standard service. You can include your dependants (partner and children) on the same application form if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Solicitors for ILR applications

Our team of immigration solicitors in London will be able to assist you with any type of Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) application.

Immigration solicitors at Wembley Solicitors will:

  • Provide detailed immigration advice.
  • Assess your circumstances and eligibility for ILR application.
  • Explain the entire ILR application process.
  • Give you a completed checklist of documents according to the type of your ILR application and your circumstances.
  • Check all the supporting documents to ensure that they are sufficient and in the correct format.
  • Fill out the complete ILR application form and prepare a detailed representation and cover letter for the Home Office UKVI about the Immigration Rules.
  • Book an appointment for you to enrol your biometrics.
  • Upload all the supporting documents.
  • Liaise with the Home Office UKVI throughout the process until we receive the decision.
  • Keep you updated with every stage of your ILR application.

Contact our immigration solicitors in Wembley, London on 020 3417 3700 or fill in the enquiry form for immediate legal advice & assistance with your Settlement or ILR application.

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