You must submit a No Time Limit (NTL) application if you have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK and want a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) to prove your status.
What is a No Time Limit Application(NTL) Application?
A Biometric Residence Permit will receive Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) status if an NTL application is approved (BRP). An NTL application is necessary for several situations. It might be more practicable to hold a BRP in other circumstances such as the right to work, rent and confirmation of your status via a BRP card.
A BRP is a card that resembles a UK driving licence and contains your biometric data, including your fingerprints and photograph, as well as personal information like your name, date of birth, and place of birth. The type of permission you have to be in the UK is also briefly mentioned on this card.
When should you consider applying for an NTL application
Many different pieces of documentation may have been produced to prove this status, depending on when ILR was granted. Passport endorsements and Immigration Status Documents are examples of these.
There are numerous reasons to apply for one, to show a right to live permanently in the UK. It might be required to apply for a BRP if you’ve misplaced the passport with your ILR endorsement or if your identity changed after you were granted leave or if your ILR is stamped into your old expired passport.
Getting a more recent BRP shows that your ILR status has stayed the same if you have an old ILR endorsement. If you are continuously absent from the UK for two years, your ILR will expire.
Who is eligible for an NTL application?
You need a current ILR to apply for an NTL in the UK.
Who cannot make an NTL application?
Limited leave to remain in the UK may also transfer for those who fulfill the requirements. However, they must go through a unique application process. Non EEA citizens or family members may transfer their leave to a BRP if they have the right to permanent residence or established status in the UK.
An EEA national or family member must apply for settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme after living in the UK for at least five years and receiving a permanent residence visa. EEA nationals who received ILR under the Immigration Rules before 30 April 2006 are eligible to apply for NTL.
Home Office fees and processing times
After submitting your application online, you must schedule an appointment to present your biometric data at a UKVCAS centre. The Home Office won’t charge you for this application; you should hear back in six months. However, each application to the Home Office carries the risk of being delayed. You can use the ultra priority service for an additional £800 if available. If you choose this option and it is available, your decision should arrive by the end of the following day after your UKVCAS session.
Immigration law in the UK is incredibly complicated and is always changing. The UKVI has strict requirements for several visa classes. Therefore you must find the right legal counsel from a knowledgeable UK immigration lawyer to guarantee the success of your initial application.
My Legal Services will walk you through every stage of the procedure to put you in the best position to achieve success. Our immigration specialists can help if you need legal counsel regarding this or any other element of immigration law.