Subject to qualifying, individuals and families can apply to settle once they have completed the required period of residence.
Under most employment or family immigration categories, it is possible to apply to settle permanently in the UK on completion of five years’ residency. But there are varying rules and criteria of documentary requirements in place depending on the circumstance of the case.
This is the status which gives you complete freedom from immigration control.*
To apply for it, you will need to have lived in the UK continuously and lawfully for a specified duration of time, normally for 5 years or 10 years depending on your status. Settlement is otherwise known as Indefinite Leave to Remain (“ILR”)
The Benefits of Gaining Settlement Status in the UK:
You will enjoy unrestricted entry to the UK and be free of immigration restrictions*
You can work freely in the UK without restriction
You might be eligible to apply to naturalise as a British Citizen subject to a further qualifying period, giving you full benefits of a British Citizen