Indefinite leave to remain is a form of UK permanent residence that enables its holder to settle in the UK and remain without any time limit, but it does not confer a right of abode. Holders of ILR have nearly all of the same rights such as access to public funds (jobseekers' allowance or tax credits) as a citizen, except the rigth to vote. There are strict requirements to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain, and the precise requirements for obtaining Indefinite Leave to Remain vary depending on a number of factors. Visa categories that can lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain include: Spouse visa / Unmarried partner visa; employment categoies; Long residence.
- Residency does not solve all problems related to immigration.
Neither does it change your nationality although you are vested authority to reside in the UK and to exit and enter the country freely.
You are required to comply with certain requirements since residency is a type of visa.
The immigration officer may warn you or raise a question, or even deprive you of your residency if you are suspected of abusing your residency by staying overseas for a prolonged period while staying for a short period in the UK.
You need to maintain your main place of abode in the UK, demonstrating that you intend to reside in the UK permanently.