Indefinite Leave to Remain and Pathways to Citizenship Information Sessions


Scottish Refugee Council designed these sessions specifically for people with Refugee Status or Humanitarian Protection Status who want to continue to live in the UK at the end of 5 years Leave to Remain. They will then need to apply for Settlement Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).  After 12 months of Settlement ILR they have the right to apply for British citizenship.  These information sessions were developed with an OISC Level 2 adviser, and outline the differences between the different statuses and the entitlements that go with them. The sessions highlight the issues that people need to consider before applying, what to expect when applying, and what happens afterwards.  These sessions are for information only and do not constitute legal advice.

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) Settlement for people with Refugee or Humanitarian Protection status

This session covers:

  • Why people need to apply for ILR Settlement
  • Where people should get legal advice (and who they shouldn’t listen to)
  • How to apply, who needs to apply with you, and what documentation you might need
  • What happens if you apply after your BRP has run out
  • What restrictions there are once you have applied
  • Why your application might be refused and what might happen next

Pathways to British Citizenship for people with Refugee or Humanitarian Protection Settlement ILR

This session covers:

  • Issues to consider before deciding to apply
  • Considerations for children – where they were born, and what status did their parents have when they were born
  • Considerations for adults – prove knowledge of English and Life in the UK test
  • Suitable referees
  • Requirements including residency
  • Where to get legal advice
  • What are all the fees
  • Getting a British Passport

More Information

The sessions are now available for Local Authorities to commission. As immigration is a reserved power, the information in the sessions apply to the whole of the UK. These two sessions come as a package as there are actions that people can take now to prepare themselves for citizenship applications. Each session is 90 minutes and are delivered on Zoom or similar platform. They are delivered in English to support people to familiarise themselves with key immigration terms, and if interpretation is needed then the Local Authority would supply appropriate interpreters.  There are many opportunities for people to ask questions and there is a factsheet to support each session.  If you would like to find out more please email

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