Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK Now 'More Expensive Than Ever'

08 Aug 2019 | Carl Thomas

Young people from Europe who have grown up with the correct UK visas and indefinite leave to remain in the UK may now be facing problems in the era of Brexit. According to recent reports, those in search of the continued right to work and live in the UK following Brexit are being forced into destitution, with fees that have more than trebled in the last five years.

The cost of renewing an application for a resident with limited British Naturalisation documentation has increased by 238% since 2014, from £601 for each applicant to approximately £2,033 at the beginning of 2019. The Let us Learn group dedicated to uncovering injustices with UK visa and UK work permit rules revealed the latest data as part of their most recent report. The document provides an insight into the lives of UK migrants in the Home Office's 10-year plan for Britain Citizenship.

Usually, limited leave to remain in the UK is given to people who have a strong connection to the country. This includes individuals who have family and property in the UK after having been here for several years. Currently, the length of time that residents need to wait to become eligible for indefinite leave to remain in the UK is growing. In 2012 it was only 6 years, but now, it's closer to 10.

This places thousands of lawful migrants into a difficult position.
The issues with applications for British Naturalisation, combined with the fact that fees for limited leave to remain are applied on a per-person basis, rather than per household, means that people have thousands to pay for their families to remain in the country every 2 and a half years. According to Let Us Learn, there have been cases where parents were forced to decide which child they could afford to keep in the country.