Applying with a Permanent Residence (PR) document
- Having a document certifying permanent residence or a permanent residence card (PR) under the EEA Regulations
- The document or card must be issued or renewed within the last 10 years
- Not having been absent from the UK for a period of more than 5 consecutive years at any point since acquiring PR status, or since you last completed a period of 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK.
You must provide the reference number of your PR document and confirmation that you have not been absent from the UK for a period of more than 5 consecutive years at any point since you acquired PR status or since you last completed a period of 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK.
This is done via self-declaration within the application process.
If you cannot provide the PR reference number, for example because it is damaged or obscured, or it never had a number, the caseworker will check HO records to find out if you were issued with that document in the past. If no record is found, you will be asked for further details, such as an approximate date of issue to narrow down the searches. If the record is not found, you will be asked to submit the actual document for consideration.
If you stated that you have a PR document and have not been absent from the UK for a period of more than 5 consecutive years as above, but it is identified during the process that this is not the case, you will not be eligible for settled status under this condition. If you relied on your PR document for fee exemption, this exemption does not apply and the application can be rejected as invalid on the grounds of non-payment of the fee. This does not disqualify you from applying on the basis of 5 years’ residence and paying the fee.
Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
- Having a document showing ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain) or ILE (Indefinite Leave to Enter)
- The status has not been revoked
- The status has not lapsed by an absence from the UK for a period of more than 2 consecutive years
You can produce either:
- A valid Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
- A valid stamp or endorsement in a passport, even if the passport has expired
- A valid stamp or endorsement on another document issued by the HO, such as a residence permit
- A letter from the HO confirming (Indefinite Leave to Remain) or ILE (Indefinite Leave to Enter)
You must provide confirmation, via self-declaration within the application process, that your ILE or ILR has not lapsed through absence from the UK for a period of more than 2 consecutive years or been revoked or invalidated.
If you apply on the basis of having ILE or ILR but cannot provide documentary evidence of this status, the caseworker will check HO records to confirm whether there is data confirming status. If there are records confirming it, this will be accepted as evidence of status.
- If you are unable to provide any evidence of your status and no records are found, you cannot get settled status on these grounds.
- If you stated that your status had not lapsed nor been lost, but it is identified during the application process that
their status has, in fact, lapsed or been lost, you will not get settled status on these grounds.
- If you relied on your ILE or ILR status as the basis for a fee exemption, then, as the fee exemption does not apply, the application can be rejected as invalid on the grounds of non-payment of the required fee.
- If your application is rejected on the above grounds, you can still apply for settled status on the basis of 5 years’ continuous residence with payment of the application fee.
The following are examples of various ways in which ILR can be documented. Stamps and endorsements can be found on the inside of expired passports as well as on some blue EEA residence permits, or it can be a letter issued by the Home Office.
Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)
No Time Limit (NTL) stamp
Indefinite Leave to Enter (ILE) stamp
Home Office letter
Note: These images are provided merely as examples of various forms of ILR/ILE/NTL and were all found via Google image search.