It is something that we can take for granted when we are talking to our clients, in that we just assume they understand the terms that we use. But what is Indefinite leave to remain? also, knowns as(ILR) this is a way in which your Thai wife can effectively settle in the UK. ILR grants the applicant almost the same rights as a UK citizen in that they will be allowed to live and work in the UK without any restrictions. You can apply for this after you have completed the 5-year route also known as further leave to remain.
Your Thai wife would be able to apply for ILR if she has been living in the UK on a UK Spouse Visa for a minimum of 5 continuous years. If you have any dependent children who have stayed with you for the same length of time, they too will be able to apply to ILR at the same time. Indeed, this is something that is very common and a scenario that we deal with on a frequent basis.
The standard forms that your Thai lady would require when she applies for Indefinite Leave to Remain would be Set (M). This set of form is to be completed by anyone who is the legal spouse of anyone who has already settled in the UK or is, of course, a British citizen. There is another set that is referred to as Set (O) and these should be used by all other people who are applying for ILR. This would include entrepreneurs, students or those working in the UK and have a valid UK work permit.
You should always allow yourself plenty of time when you are applying for ILR as processing can take up to six months although this does vary. After the applicant has had ILR status for 12 months, they can then apply to convert ILR status to British citizenship. Most commonly, this process is referred to as “naturalization”.
Why you should use a professional company to assist you
Applying for any type of visa or status can be stressful with frequent minor amendments to the rules being a common occurrence. Here at Thai Visa Express, we deal with the British Embassy in Bangkok on a daily basis so we can help you apply for ILR whilst in Thailand. We know exactly what is required and will assign a member of our team to work with you on a more personal basis. You will get a free initial consultation where we will give you honest and open advice and assist you with completing all the complicated paperwork.
What are your fees – Indefinite leave to remain?
We charge 695.00 GBP to process the application. This does not include government visa fees, appointments, and scanning assistance.
How to contact us?
If you would like more information about applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain, either from within Thailand or the UK, we will be more than happy to assist. We are the only UK OISC accredited company in Thailand. As such, we are in a perfect position to be able to help you with your application. So, if you would like more information, call us on: +66 (0)80 102 2328, +66 (0) 38 420 313 or +44 (0) 20 8133 8059, email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively contact us via our website.