Indefinite leave to remain for family members

If you’re the partner or child of a British citizen or a person settled in the UK, we might be able to help you apply for settlement status.

Settlement status, also known as indefinite leave to remain, will allow you to live, work and study in the UK with nearly no restrictions.

Applications for indefinite leave to remain are always complicated and can take a long time to complete. With the help of our solicitors your application process will be as quick and painless as we can make it, allowing you to focus on your family and your future together.

Our immigration solicitors have a wealth of experience assisting with exactly these kinds of applications. If you think your application would benefit from our expert help and support, please get in touch.

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How long you can stay

If you are successful in applying for indefinite leave to remain, you will be able to stay in the UK without any time restrictions. In addition to this, after you have lived in the UK on indefinite leave to remain for at least a year, you may also be eligible to apply for British citizenship.

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Partner of a British citizen or a person settled in the UK


You may be eligible for settlement if your partner is a:

  • British citizen
  • Person settled in the UK

Partners are defined as two people in a genuine relationship. You must be able to prove that you’re either:

  • Married
  • In a civil partnership
  • Been in a relationship for two years

To be eligible, you and your partner must intend to continue your relationship after you apply for settlement.

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General requirements

You need to have been living in the UK under a ‘partner of a settled person’ visa for five years, or ten years if you applied for your visa on or after 9 July 2012.

If you are between 18 and 64 years old when you apply, you must also pass:

  • The Life in the UK Test
  • An English language test

Your application can be refused if you have:

  • A criminal record in the UK, or another country
  • Provided false or incomplete information to the Home Office
  • Broken UK immigration law

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Financial requirements

There is no financial requirement if you applied for your partner visa on the ten-year route.

However, if you’re on the five-year route you’ll need to prove you have at least:

  • £18,600 for each year, if you’re applying alone
  • £22,400 if you’re including a child
  • £2,400 for each additional child

You won’t need to prove this if you or your partner gets disability benefits or a carer’s allowance, but you will need to show you can provide adequate accommodation and support for yourself and any dependants.

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Child of a British citizen or a person settled in the UK

General requirements

If you have a child that is under 18, you can apply for settlement on their behalf as long as your partner is their other parent. If your partner is not their other parent, they can still apply if:

  • You are the only surviving parent
  • You have sole responsibility for their upbringing
  • There are compelling reasons why they should be allowed to stay

Children under 18 must have or have had a valid visa to be in the UK. They must also:

  • Be living with you and your partner
  • Have proof they’ll have adequate support and accommodation, without the need for public funds
  • Not be married, in a civil partnership or living an independent life

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If your child is 18 or over

If your child is 18 or over they may be eligible to settle if:

  • They have (or have previously had) permission to be in the UK as your dependant
  • You have permission to be in the UK as the partner of a British citizen or settled person

They must meet the same eligibility as a dependent child under 18. They may also need to pass:

  • The Life in the UK Test
  • An English language test

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The application process

You may be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK, but the process of obtaining that status can be complex and lengthy.

Even the smallest mistake can result in your application being denied, and appealing a refusal can easily take between nine and 12 months. Fortunately, our team are here to help.

Documents you need to provide

To support your application you need to provide the following documentation:

  • A current and valid travel document or passport
  • One passport sized colour photograph
  • Evidence of your permission to be in the country
  • All previous passports
  • Tuberculosis (TB) certificate (where applicable)
  • Evidence of your marital status
  • Evidence of your current employment or studies A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • Bank statements
  • Bank letter or balance certificate
  • Payslips
  • Details of the accommodation
  • Your police registration certificate if you have one

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Expert immigration solicitors

To give you the best chance at a successful outcome, get in touch with our expert immigration solicitors today.

We have helped people from countries all over the world settle in the UK as family members of British citizens and settled persons. We are here to help you too.

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Our Fees

Due to the large amount of services and the complexity of each case we cannot provide any standardised fees without knowing a little bit more about your situation.

However, if you get in touch with us we can discuss in detail what charges you can suspect and what fees we will charge.

Full transparency at all times

We aspire to be completely transparent on pricing from the beginning, so none of our clients will ever be surprised at the end of the process.

Furthermore, we believe advice and support from our team of solicitors should be affordable to those in need.

This is why we provide competitive prices across our range of services.

Immigration solicitor fees
30 minute initial consultation £60 + VAT
Additional 30 minutes where consultation runs over £60 + VAT
Initial consultation + advice letter £300 + VAT
Visa checking service(no drafting) £250 + VAT
Extension applications settlement From £1,000 + VAT

Entry clearance fees - out of country
Visit Visa £600 + VAT
Spouse Visa Sponsor Employed £700 + VAT
Spouse Visa Sponsor Self Employed £800 + VAT
Dependants (Parent/Relatives) From £800 + VAT

What is included:

  • Advice on procedures and law
  • Completion of the paper and on line application form
  • Advice on all documents required to submit with application
  • Consider the contents of all documents supplied to submit to the British Embassy and follow up
  • Advice on strengths and weaknesses of the case
  • Preparation of the covering letter
  • Attendances and follow up

In country applications (extensions)
Extension applications for:

  • Spouse visa
  • Tier 4 student
  • Application for discretionary leave/humanitarian protection
  • Applications for long residence
  • EEA Applications
  • Domestic violence applications
Services include:

  • Attendance and advice on procedure and legal procedure
  • Advice and completion of forms
  • Advice on documents required
  • Preparation of covering letter
  • Submission to Home Office
From £800 + VAT
Points based system - applications and extensions applications
  • Extension applications
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 4
All cases are individually assessed and if additional dependants are placed on application they will be charged seperately.

From £900 + VAT

Other Immigration applications
Application for transfer of visa into biometrics card £400 + VAT
Travel document application £400 + VAT
Entry clearance forms (completion only) £70 + VAT
Home Office Forms (completion only) £200 + VAT
Asylum From £2,000 + VAT
Asylum - fresh claim £1,200 -£1,500 + VAT

British Citizenship
Application for British citizenship/children registration £500 + VAT

Corporate fees
Employers licence for businesses (online) From £1,000 + VAT
Tier 1 entry clearance (Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator, Start-Up) From £2,000 + VAT
Tier 1 extension application (Entrepreneur, Investor, Innovator, Start-Up) From £2,000 + VAT
Business audit services Price available upon request

Lodge appeal only £400 + VAT
Lodge appeal and representation £1,200 - £1,500 + VAT
Asylum appeal £1,500 - £2,000 + VAT
Bail application and representation at hearing From £1,000 + VAT
Application for permission to appeal to upper tribunal From £900 + VAT
Review of decision and counsels opinion £350 + VAT

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I first contacted AWH in december and booked my consulation with Shayeda. I didn’t wait long for an appointment and was given very professional advice and the appointment was thorough. Shayeda brought me the print outs and showed me everything I needed for my application. Both Shayeda and Cathryn were very helpful throughout my application. I received a very professional service from AWH and they have alot of knowledge & would recommend them for your immigration matters.


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