In the United Kingdom, “permanent residence” generally refers to a status that allows individuals to live and work in the UK indefinitely, with no time limit on their stay. However, due to the UK’s exit from the European Union and the implementation of a new points-based immigration system, there have been changes in the terminology and rules around UK immigration.
Before Brexit, citizens of European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) countries could apply for “permanent residence” or “indefinite leave to remain” (ILR) after meeting certain residency requirements. This allowed them to stay and work in the UK without any time restrictions. Post-Brexit, the concept of “settled status” was introduced under the EU Settlement Scheme for EU/EEA citizens who were living in the UK before December 31, 2020. This status provides similar benefits to the previous “permanent residence” or ILR status.
For non-EU/EEA citizens, “permanent residence” might refer to “indefinite leave to remain” (ILR). This status enables non-EEA citizens to live and work in the UK without time restrictions. To qualify for ILR, individuals usually need to fulfill specific residency and eligibility criteria, including continuous lawful stay, length of residence, and a clean criminal record.
Given that immigration policies can change, it’s advisable to consult the official UK government website or legal experts for the latest information on the requirements for permanent residence or settled status in the UK.