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Permanent Residence and Citizenship of UK

It is not unlikely for any student to think that they would want to build a future in United Kingdom after they have graduated in order to achieve a better standard of living and a drastic increase in a career. However, in doing so is it is necessary for an international student to obtain a job offer within four months after their education has come to an end which in itself is not  an easy talk as it involves number of complexities in terms of finding a suitable work and obtaining the relevant visas pertaining to it. Thus, it is advisable to look at the wide variety of visas which are available to the international students and mandatory to obtain in order to reside in United Kingdom after the completion of studies. 

Tier 2 Visa 

If the graduate intends to get settled in UK after obtaining their education they need to convert their student visa into Tier 2 work visa at first in order to secure a job required according to UK’s rules and regulations.

Permanent Residence 

After five years of Tier 2 Visa often known as Work Permit the individual is eligible to apply for PR often know as a permanent residence. This is often known as indefinite leave to remain commonly known as ILR Visa. However, the pre requisite for applying this visa is that an individual needs to complete five years of the job after graduating. However, there are other pre requisites that one needs to be fulfill in prior to the applying for ILR visa:

  • A reasonable amount of income with a  permanent job 

  • A good character without any criminal record  

  • There are certain tests that one needs to pass like Knowledge of Life in the UK test and an English Language Test.             

How Long Does it Take to Process the ILR Visa?

On average the complete process of obtaining ILR Visa takes up to six months.  Moreover, there are some details which are required from the applicant:

  • A photograph 

  • Digital prints of all of the ten fingers 

  • Signature

  • Name 

  • The date and place of birth 

  • The current immigration status 


An individual can apply for citizenship in order to gain the status of a permanent resident after a year of securing the ILR and residing for more than five years in United Kingdom an individual can apply for a British Citizenship.      

How to Gain the UK Citizenship? 

Large number of students intends to gain permanent citizenship of United Kingdom due to the grave number of benefits that can be enjoyed after obtaining it which includes the healthcare and a pool of immense opportunities to choose from by the applicant in order to gain heights in their career.

How Can One Obtain the Permanent Citizenship?

One of the most common ways to obtain the permanent citizenship is through the process of naturalization. 

What is the Process of Naturalization?

An applicant who has obtained ILR and is working for five years in United Kingdom can apply for British Citizenship provided that following conditions are met:

  • Familiarity with an English Language 

  • Have cleared a Life in the UK test 

  • Does not bear any major criminal convictions

  • The applicant should not have spent more than 450 days outside United Kingdom in five years and not more than 90 days outside in last year. 

  • An applicant has an indefinite leave to remain in United Kingdom for last twelve months  

Ways to Apply for a UK Citizenship 

  • An applicant can choose to make an individual by submitting the UK citizenship application form.

  • An application can also be made through a licensed immigration adviser.

Documents Required to Make UK Citizenship Application  

The applicant is required to give their biometric information in addition to the other documents which includes:

  • The documents such as passport, birth certificates in order to show the identity. 

  • The proof  that the applicant is equipped with the ability to speak affluent English 

  • The applicant should have cleared the Life in the UK test

  • The applicant should provide with the proof of having a permanent residence in UK for the desirable period of time

  • The applicant must possess an indefinite leave to remain in UK

Where the Application Should be Sent?

  • To UKVI

  • Department 1

  • The Capital 

  • New Hall Place 

  • Liverpool L3 9PP 

 How Long Does it Take to Process UK Citizenship?

  • Once an application is made for the citizenship it is processed within six months.

  • In case the application is accepted and is successful the applicant is invited to take place at a citizenship ceremony for which the fee is £80.

  • The applicant is allowed to bring two guests 

  • At last when the certificate of UK citizenship is received by the applicant they are instructed to return back the biometric residence permit to the home office within five working days.

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