Retired Person of Independent Means
This category closed to new applicants on 27 November 2008 but remains open for those individuals already in the UK in this capacity
Individuals over the age of 60 who have a guaranteed income of over £25,000 and who genuinely wished to settle in the UK and make it their home could be granted entry clearance to enter the UK as retired persons of independent means. Such individuals are not allowed to work or run a business here. Prior entry clearance in this category was mandatory. The last holders of permission in this category will apply for settlement on or around November 2013.
The requirements to be met by a person seeking indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom as a retired person of independent means are that he:
(i) is at least 60 years old; and
(ii) has under his control and disposable in the United Kingdom an income of his own of not less than £25,000 net per annum; and
(iii) is able and willing to maintain and accommodate himself and any dependants indefinitely in the United Kingdom from his own resources with no assistance from any other person and without taking employment or having recourse to public funds; and
(iv) has held continuous leave to remain in this capacity for the previous 5 years.
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