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Settling in Jersey: indefinite leave to remain

​​​​​​​​​​​​About indefinite leave to remain

If you've lived in the United Kingdom legally for a certain length of time, you may be able to apply to settle here. This is called ‘indefinite leave to remain’.

It allows you to stay in the United Kingdom and Islands permanently without any restrictions from immigration on your stay and employment.

R​esidential statuses ​​

Every person living in Jersey is given a residential status which determines whether you can live and work here.

Housing rights and residential statuses

Criteria for indefinite leave to remain​

To apply for indefinite leave to remain in Jersey, you must:
  • have lived legally in the United Kingdom and / or Channel Islands for a certain length of time (usually between two and five years)
  • pass the Citizenship test (also known as a 'Life in the UK' test)
  • meet the English language requirement

How to apply for indefinite leave to remain

Applications will only be accepted by post, or by hand delivery no more than two weeks prior to you becoming eligible for indefinite leave to remain. Ensure the application, together with all supporting documentation, is presented in a sealed envelope marked for the attention of Immigration Casework. Failure to submit payment and all the required documentation may delay in the application being processed or result in the application being returned.

Applications should be submitted in the post to Immigration Casework, Maritime House, La Route Du Port Elizabeth, St Helier JE1 1JD. Please note that this building is not open to the public.

Be advised that the processing time for all applications is three weeks from the date the application is received and that you will be notified either by phone or email when your documents are ready for collection.

ILR Application Form: spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner and any dependants

ILR Application Form: work permit holders, domestic worker, UK Ancestry, over 18 dependant or other

Your immigration status while your application is being considered 

Your existing immigration status will continue until your application is decided, even if the decision is made after your permitted stay ends.

You can also continue to work until your case is decided if your existing permission allows you to.

Cost of application​​

You can find the cost of indefinite leave to r​emain in the link below.

​Immigration and nationality fees​

Citizenship test

You must pass the Citizenship test (also known as a ‘Life in the UK’ test) to apply for indefinite leave to remain.

For more information on taking the test, visit the Highlands College website.

Highlands College website

Citizenship test (Life in the UK test)

English language requirement

You must meet the English language requirement in one of the following ways: 

1. possess a qualification or have passed a test at level B1, B2, C1 or C2 specified on the GOV.UK website

Approved English language tests on GOV.UK

English language testing is offered in Jersey, at Highlands College, St Saviour, by the IELTS SELT Consortium (ISC), a UK Government approved Secure English Language Test provider. For further details of when and where the Life Skills B1 English language tests are to be conducted, check the IELTS website.

Book a test on the IELTS website

2. possess an academic qualification deemed by UK NARIC to meet the recognised standard of a Bachelor's of Master's degree of PhD in the United Kingdom and:

    • UK NARIC has confirmed that the qualification was taught or, as the case may be, researched in English; or
    • the qualification was taught or, as the case may be, researched in any of the following English speaking countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA); or

3. you possessed a qualification or had passed a test in English at a level equivalent to Level B1 or above on the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment; or

4. being a national of the following English speaking countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, St Christopher and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, USA

Applicants who already hold English language qualifications are advised to contact the Casework section for further information and advice on +44 (0) 1534 447979.

Email Immigration Office

Exemptions from language requirements

You’re exempt from language requirements if:

  • you’re under 18 years old
  • you’re 65 years old or over
  • you have a mental health or physical condition that makes it unreasonable to expect you to meet this requirement
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