Unlike the USA, Canada and Australia, England, despite its more northerly location, attracts great interest from potential immigrants. Proximity to the CIS countries, the ability to often visit their relatives play an important role here. Great Britain is a fairly stable country in terms of economics, and the traditionally low crime rate speaks for itself. What are the options for obtaining permanent residence in England?
The easiest and fastest way to get permanent residence status is the spouse (or spouse) of a citizen of foggy Albion. After two years of legal marriage, you are guaranteed permanent resident status. Common-law spouses in Great Britain have practically the same rights as those who registered their marriage. But study all the nuances in detail in order to avoid misunderstandings later.
Everyone who is in the country in the immigration professional category will have to wait 5 years before receiving permanent residence. This is the most popular immigration program for high-level professionals. If you speak English at a good enough level, have experience of working in foreign companies, then you have every chance of ending up in the United Kingdom.
The Professional Immigration Program is based on a point system. Points are awarded for education, age, professional experience. If you reach the minimum required amount of points, apply for a visa. But remember that you must spend at least 9 months in the country annually in order to be eligible for permanent residence in the future. Long absences can make it difficult to obtain.
If you have a nonimmigrant visa, then it will take 10 years of residence in England before you are eligible for permanent residence.
Finally, if your dreams of London kept you awake and you illegally found yourself in the country of your dreams, then you will have to spend 14 years there as a foreigner illegally staying in the country. And only then you can count on permanent residence.
You will definitely need to documentary proof of such a long period of stay in the UK. Therefore, collect all evidence from day one (plane tickets, phone bills, etc.)