The Difference Between ILR and British Citizenship

Updated on Thursday 24th August 2017

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The indefinite leave to remain (ILR) and the British citizenship are two different subjects a foreign citizen established in the UK should consider. The aspects related to IRL and the British citizenship need to be properly understood, a matter where our immigration solicitors in London can help. Once you have decided to relocate to the UK, our team can provide you with complete information about the necessary visas and the applicable rules.

What you need to know about IRL

An indefinite leave to remain is a status obtained by a foreign citizen living in UK who is no longer considered an immigrant and is not subject to the several UK enters and exits controls. This status offers the possibility of legally work and live on the British territory and can be obtained if a person settled in UK for at least five years. When applying for an ILR in UK, one must not have spent more than 900 days outside the country in five years of settlement. As for the financial requirements, an individual who wants to apply for ILR must make proof he/she earns minimum GBP 35,000 per year.

We remind that an indefinite leave to remain in UK represents one step closer to obtain the British citizenship, but keep in mind that additional conditions must be fulfilled. If you want to obtain the indefinite leave to remain status, it is suggested to ask for complete assistance and legal support from our immigration lawyers in UK.

What you need to know about the British citizenship

The British citizenship is the same thing with naturalization and can be obtained by the foreign citizens who have not spent more than 90 days outside UK borders and have lived in the UK for at least five years. This important status comes with numerous advantages, for instance, a naturalized person can have the same rights as the British citizens. It is good to know that the British citizenship can be acquired in about six months from the date of the application and then in about the same period of time, the British passport will be provided.

The difference between ILR and naturalization is that the ILR status can be lost if you live outside UK for more than two years, while the British citizenship allows citizens to exit and enter the country without any restrictions, as it is issued for life. We remind that a British citizenship grants the right to vote for any foreign citizen who has this status.

If you want to apply for ILR or you want to obtain the British citizenship, we invite you to contact our team of immigration solicitors in the UK for complete legal assistance. 

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