Let’s look at some of the worthwhile tips to successfully obtain a UK visa and immigration interview done and get your permanent residence.
It’s a fact that many visa applications for UK immigration are put to a “genuineness test”. In such a situation, the following tips will be helpful to you to practice:
- Take an active part in the preparation of your application. Be aware of what documents have been submitted along with the application. If visa agents are preparing your application on your behalf, it’s advisable to get copies of the documents you have submitted with the application.
- Ensure that you have reviewed your documents before you go to the interview.
- When you answer to the Entry Clearance Officer, keep your answers clear and concise.
Here’s a list of documents you need to submit along with an application for citizenship in the UK:
- Current and previous passports of the applicant
- Evidence of ILR/settlement in the UK
- Evidence that shows continuous residence in the UK for the last 5 years. But if the applicant is married to a British citizen, then he/she will be solely required to give evidence of continuous residence of 3 years in the UK
- Certificate of Marriage if the applicant is married to a citizen of the UK
- List of absences from the UK spanning the last 5 years, or 3 years in case the applicant is married to a citizen of the UK
- Evidence of meeting the English language proficiency level (CEFR level B1.1) and the requirements of Life in the UK test
- Referee declaration sheets
How to get permanent residence in the UK after PG degree
Also known as ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain), permanent residence in the UK is not obtainable directly. The leave to remain in the UK can be obtained after getting a PG degree from the UK. This leave can be extended to a span of 5 or 10 years of the qualifying period.
Here are some common routes available to ILR after completing a PG degree in the UK:
- ILR following Skilled Worker (5-year route): To get ILR under this category, a UK business must sponsor the applicant with a Sponsorship Licence to sponsor overseas workers and keep on working under this category for a period of 5 years so that the candidate can qualify for ILR.
- ILR following long residence (10-year route): After completing a PG degree, if one isn’t able to get a job offer as a Skilled Worker, depending on the type of PG, i.e., Ph.D. or Master’s, the applicant is eligible to get two or three years more of leave to continue under the Graduate Route without a UK business’s sponsorship. Then the applicant can potentially switch to the Skilled Worker route at the time of their Graduate Route leave. If one isn’t able to get a job offer as a Skilled Worker while in their leave under the Graduate Route that one can potentially get a student visa. With this visa, one can pursue a further PG degree. If one completes 10 years combining the Student, Graduate, and Skilled Worker routes, they will get qualification for ILR under the long residence route that’s legal.
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