The Gov.UK site for permanently settling in the UK ("indefinite leave to remain" or "ILR") lists out the fees associcated with the application, but not the payment methods accepted. For instance, do they take card payments from both credit as well as debit cards?

  • When I was paying for naturalisation I remember gov.uk was accepting at least 4 types of bank cards... I think it was just bank cards, I don't remember there being another option?
    – kiradotee
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 15:22
  • I can't find any hard evidence, but when I applied for my ILR a couple weeks ago, I seem to recall all the major debit and credit cards were accepted. I paid with a Visa credit card. There were no other options, so I think card payment is the only way to pay (i.e. cash, cheque and bank transfer are not possible)
    – steiny
    Commented Sep 16, 2019 at 17:40

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I was unable to find a govt.uk webpage which addresses how payment is to be made when applying for ILR.

The govt.uk webpage that addresses ILR-holders applying for UK citizenship, however, contains this text:

How much it costs [sic]

It costs £1,330 to apply.

You must also pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken. You’ll be told how to do this after you’ve applied.

It's very likely that the "apply for ILR" procedure is similar, and that sometime after you've begun your application for ILR, you'll be advised how payment is to be processed.


According to this, you can use Visa, MasterCard, and Amex credit cards and more.

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