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We are actually thankful that we’ve completed submitting our application before this lockdown happens and in spite of what’s happening around the world and the distress that this pandemic has caused, we received last Friday (Holy Week Good Friday) a piece of unexpected news from the Home office through email that our Indefinite Leave to Remain in the United Kingdom has been ‘SUCCESSFUL‘.
I’m here to share with you our timeline to Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK status from Tier 2 General Visa. I hope you’ll find this very useful.
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16 March 2015 – Leave granted (Tier 2) for the main applicant (husband) and dependents (wife and 2 children)
01 April 2015 – The Main applicant (husband) arrived in the UK to work and look for a permanent address. This will be the address fro the house move from Dubai, UAE to the London, UK.
16 May 2015 – The Main applicant signed a tenancy agreement for a 2 bedroom house with a lovely garden. We now have a UK permanent address.
22 May 2015 – The Main applicant flew back to Dubai, UAE to settle/close all relevant accounts (banks, tenancy agreement, utilities, etc.), to arrange the home transfer from Dubai to the UK and to collect the family.
25 June 2015 – GEMS Winchester School Dubai end of the school year.
26 June 2015 – The Main applicant and the dependents arrived in the UK.
Fast forward, we started completing the requirements for the Tier 2 Visa extension for myself and my 3 dependents a few months before the 2017 year ends. You’ll find more information about Tier 2 Visa extension by clicking the image below.
09 January 2018 – Tier 2 Visa extension application submitted.
09 February 2018 – Received a letter from UKVI by post for Top Up payment because my skill is no longer in the shortage occupation list.
09 February 2018 – Payment sent that evening.
19 February 2018 – UKVI confirmed reciept of payment (see image below).
13 March 2018 – Biometric ID’s received with the expiry date on the 16th March 2020 for myself and my dependants.
Fast forward. One of the very important requirement is that you can apply for ILR status no earlier than 28 days before completing your 5 year period. Our Biometric expiry date is on the 16th March 2020, therefore we could submit our ILR application from the 17th February 2020.
Who is eligible to switch from Tier 2 Visa to ILR?
If you hold a Worker Visa, you may be eligible to change your status to ILR. To submit your application, you must complete the SET O Form, which can be used by the following eligible visa categories:
- Tier 2 (General) Visa;
- Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) Visa;
- Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa;
- Tier 2 (Ministry of Religion) Visa;
- Tier 1 (General) Visa;
- Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) Visa;
- Tier 1 (Exception Talent) Visa;
- Tier 1 (Investor) Visa;
- Representatives of an Overseas Business;
- Highly Skilled Migrant Visa.
29 February 2020 – Application for ILR submitted for the Main applicant and 3 dependents (wife and 2 children). Part of this online application process is that you can also book for UKVCAS biometric appointment to have your biometric taken. I would suggest that you upload your documents yourself. The fee will cost you from FREE to £700 for each person, depending on your chosen date and additional package taken.
02 March 2020 – ILR application payment debited.
In our case, the next FREE biometric appointment will be in the next 3 months and by that time, our current visa is already expired. I don’t want to avail the free service to avoid the potential problem with our current status visa expiry. Therefore, we took the Standard appointment service that cost £69.99 each instead and the next available appointment was on the 09th March 2020.
You will be able to upload copies of your documents on the Home Office commercial partner’s website, UKVCAS website, or you can take your documents to your biometrics appointment to be scanned and uploaded by our commercial partner for a fee.
You do not need to send any physical documents to the Home Office or UK Visas & Immigration unless you are advised to do so.
09 March 2020 – UKVCAS family appointment (Biometric). We arrived at 2 PM at the reception and was given a number (Number 259) after presenting my printed appointment letter (the one with QR code) and the passport for verification. After that, we’ve waited in the lounge area, with very comfy sofas and free drinks (water, coffee or tea). We’ve been called after about 5 minutes. Our passports have been scanned (I’ve given the last 2 passports and when I asked if he needed my other old passports (I have 3 old passports so far), I was told that he actually needed only the current one but still he scanned the previous passport I handed to him. Photograph and fingerprints were taken. I was told that the documents I uploaded prior to attending the appointment were all good. I was not asked for any other documents to show to the guy to verify that what I have uploaded is a true scanned copy of the originals. We finished after around 30 minutes for a family of 4. That was quick.
At about 6:05 PM, I received a SMS from UKVCAS confirming that our information has now been submitted to UKVI. From this point, we can’t do anything than to wait for the result of our Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK application.
10 April 2020 – I received an email from the Home Office confirming that our application is successful and we will be able to receive our Indefinite Leave to Remain Biometric card within 7 days.
16 April 2020 – Biometric ID’s received at about noon time.
So, from the day we have submitted our ILR application, it took us almost 7 weeks of processing time
What are the documents we’ve provided?
You will be provided with the checklist of required documents that you MUST include as part of your application at the end of your online application. Below are the list of what we’ve uploaded to UKVCAS website prior to our visit for biometric:
- Our Passports – bring all your old passports, just in case, though they only required the current one)
- Reasons for absences from the UK – I made a one-sheet summary (for each applicant) as a cover page and attached all the letter of invitations, boarding passes and itineraries. See image below.
- The copy of the current biometric card (front and back) for husband, wife and 2 children
- Proof of English Language for husband and wife
- Life in the UK test result for husband and wife
- Your most recent payslip and bank or building society statement. These must be dated no earlier than one calendar month before the date of the application. The statement must show the payment, as shown on the payslip. You should not provide any additional payslips or statements, unless you are currently on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave.
- Signed declaration document to confirm consent for the Home Office to request verification checks.
Additionally, you need to provide a document from the sponsor, of the main applicant, who issued the certificate of sponsorship that led to your last permission to stay as a Tier 2 migrant confirming that you are:
- still required for the employment in question for the foreseeable future, and in the case of Tier 2 (General), Tier 2 (Sports Person) and Tier 2 (Intra Company Transfer) migrants this document should also contain:
- the nearest applicable SOC code which best describes your employment
- your current rate of pay (this should be given in the same format as given in the codes of practice, for example, hourly rate or yearly salary), and
- confirmation that this is at or above the appropriate rate for the job as stated in the codes of practice for Tier 2 sponsors. (See note 8 below)
- if you are currently on maternity, paternity, shared parental or adoption leave, confirmation of the date this started, your salary immediately before the leave, and what your salary will be on your return.
I hope that from the given dates above, you can also workout yours and I also hope that our experience will also provide you with some answers that you have in mind. I am sure there are still some specific questions that are unanswered in this article but, do not hesitate to leave your questions in the comments section.
Don’t forget to leave your comment below about this article or any questions so we can start in spreading this news for the benefits of those looking for ILR status in the future. If your ILR application is also successful, after getting some useful information from this article, please do share with us your summarised timeline.
Thank you for reading this article this far.
Have a great day and keep safe.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Allscan12 accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact any immigration lawyers who could provide you with a proper and documented legal advice.