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So I am due to apply for my ILR application at the beginning of March 2020- although there is still a bit of time, I would like to ask a few questions and start putting together a checklist of the required documents.

1. Due to the high application charge, we are likely to apply using the normal/longer route this time, rather than using the priority service (as we have done with the FLR application). Does this mean that the application will be submitted online? Is there any requirement to submit original documents? please could someone clarify the steps of how everything works i.e. BRP etc. (again- with our previous application, everything was done on the actual submission day..)

2. I read that in the application form the applicant needs to complete periods spent outside the UK. Aside for short breaks, in the past 2.5 years I've been outside the UK for 3 weeks to Australia (late honeymoon), 1 month in Israel- staying with family after our baby was born, and 3 months again in Israel- staying with family, whilst our house was been renovated throughout and we couldn't continue living in the house at the time. Would these be any sort of issue at all?

3. I understand the required documents for the ILR are pretty much the same as those for the FLR. I'd like to post a suggested ILR checklist, however give you a bit of background of my situation- My husband and I jointly own a house (both names on the mortgage) and we have an 18 months old daughter (born in the UK). I am employed full time on a salary of £45,000 pa so can satisfy the financial requirements myself without the need of 'sponser'- as done with the previous FLR application (would this stil be ok for ILR?).

My suggested checklist for ILR-

General:
- Set (M) latest application form (online? paper?)
- Applicant's current + 2 previous passports
- Husband's current passport
- Child's current passport
- Applicant’s 2 X passport sized photos (name at the back)
- Husband's 1x passport sized photo (name at the back)
- Child's 2 X passport sized photos (name at the back)??
- English test certificate (B1 or above)
- LITUK Test pass letter

Financial:
- Applicant’s 6 months origonal payslips (September 2019 - February 2020)
- Applicant’s 6 months Bank Statements (September 2019 - February 2020)
- Applicant’s Employer Letter confirming employment
- Applicant’s Employment contract

Relationship:
- Correspondence Letters spread over the past 2.5 years (going back from March 2020) equally- every approx 6 months from various sources.
- Marriage certificate

Accommodation:
- Latest Mortgage statement (in both names)
- Husband's latest bank statement to show payment of mortgage
- latests Council Tax bill (in both names)

Our house is a 2 bed (bought as 3 bed but turned to 2) and will be converted to 4 at some point in the future. I am assuming this ok and not 'overcrouded'- no need for inspection??

Aplogies for the the extremely long post and would appreciate your replies/feedbacks!

Many many thanks

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I'll take the easy part: everything in your application will be done online: you will scan and download all of the necessary documentation. There is no more submission of original paper documentation.

The initial part of your application will be the standard questions about your personal situation: then you pay the fee and download the applicants passport, spouse passport and all other relevant documentation. You then book an appointment with a UKVAS site (Sopra Steria) where they will check your downloaded documentation and make sure everything is in the right category. There are free appointments at UKVAS sites around the country but if you want one within a reasonable time frame there is an additional charge.

You obviously have plenty of time and I would recommend you start your account in early 2020: you can start your downloads and save your work and return to your application at any time. Log on to your account weekly so it doesn't get deactivated.

If you are granted ILR you will receive a new BRP good for 5 years (even though your ILR is good for 10 years. This is due most probably to Brexit. You return your old BRP to an address they will supply you with. Good Luck-
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I'll take the easy part: everything in your application will be done online: you will scan and download all of the necessary documentation. There is no more submission of original paper documentation.

The initial part of your application will be the standard questions about your personal situation: then you pay the fee and download the applicants passport, spouse passport and all other relevant documentation. You then book an appointment with a UKVAS site (Sopra Steria) where they will check your downloaded documentation and make sure everything is in the right category. There are free appointments at UKVAS sites around the country but if you want one within a reasonable time frame there is an additional charge.

You obviously have plenty of time and I would recommend you start your account in early 2020: you can start your downloads and save your work and return to your application at any time. Log on to your account weekly so it doesn't get deactivated.

If you are granted ILR you will receive a new BRP good for 5 years (even though your ILR is good for 10 years. This is due most probably to Brexit. You return your old BRP to an address they will supply you with. Good Luck-
This is good! There really needs to be a sticky on the new system. However, ILR is good for more than ten years. It can last forever as long as you don’t leave the country for more than two years.
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Thanks so much for your input. So these appointments with Sopra Steria are to take my biometrics? and did you mean that these are free of charge?

Also- I thought the ILR visa is that last visa I will need to apply for?? exept for the citizenship application- which is optional?

Be good if someone could reply to my questions and also give feedback on my documents checklist!

Many thanks!

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Thanks so much for your input. So these appointments with Sopra Steria are to take my biometrics? and did you mean that these are free of charge?

Also- I thought the ILR visa is that last visa I will need to apply for?? exept for the citizenship application- which is optional?

Be good if someone could reply to my questions and also give feedback on my documents checklist!

Many thanks!
There are free biometric appointments available but the wait time is quite long, in many cases over 30 days. If you can afford to pay £125 for an appointment within 4-7 days I would recommend it. Sopra Steria will also make sure all of your documents are downloaded properly.

No more paper applications: it is all digitized. Bring all of your documentation to the appointment in case they need to re-scan anything.

You don't need any passport photos for ILR, only for naturalization. If you do not wish to
apply for a British passport, you can stop at ILR. Other than those, your checklist looks good, but I would wait for an opinion from a moderator.

Good Luck-
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It depends on which Sopra Steria Centre you attend as to whether you pay. Some offer scanning and uploading services and some charge for 'out of hours' appointments.

Your list looks OK to me though your items of correspondence should be about four to five months apart.

You no longer need passport sized photos of any of you.

You should include a Land Registry document for your property.

You do not need an inspection if it is only the three of you living in the property.

Yes, ILR is the last application you have to make unless you wish to apply for citizenship. It is only your BRP which will need renewing.

Although it is unlikely that anything in the rules or requirements will change between now and the time you apply in 2020, I would still advise you to check from time to time.
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If you follow through the links at https://www.gov.uk/settle-in-the-uk, you can actually complete the application form without paying anything. When you get to the end, the form generates you a checklist of things you need to submit based on your answers (though you should also make a note of anything it says you'll need as you go through the form). There might be other things needed specific to your application, but that should be a good starting point.

Also see: https://www.expatforum.com/expats/br...fications.html

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Thanks again for your replies- a bit more clear now!

I will re-post my checklist closer to the time (say February) to check all is still OK- with the exclusion of the passport photos and the addition of the Land Registery.

Please could you clarify my second question-

2. I read that in the application form the applicant needs to complete periods spent outside the UK. Aside for short breaks, in the past 2.5 years I've been outside the UK for 3 weeks to Australia (late honeymoon), 1 month in Israel- staying with family after our baby was born, and 3 months again in Israel- staying with family, whilst our house was been renovated throughout and we couldn't continue living in the house at the time. Would these be any sort of issue at all?

Many thanks!

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