Tier 2 visa to ILR: Global Talent Visa route

Eligibility for ILR with Global Talent Visa

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Global Talent Visa provides a fast-track option to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) after three years of life and work in the UK. But sometimes the situation is unclear. Particularly, if a person has a switch from Tier 2 General Visa and has already lived and worked in the UK for many years. How to count the duration of stay for them? Can the person switch from Tier 2 visa to ILR directly after application for Global Talent Visa route?

Requirements for period, when people with Global Talent Visas must live in the UK

The logic of question about the duration of the Tier 2 visa and its impact on future ILR is very simple. For example, if a person has lived and worked with Tier 2 General Visa for 10 years, then what? Is it possible to get ILR after the switch?

Let’s consider the Global Talent Visa basics. If you are endorsed as an Exceptional Talent, then you must apply for a full three years. If you are an Exceptional Promise – you have to apply for five years of Global Talent Visa. All the positive and negative moments of this you can read here.

For legal reference, please, read this statement of the Home Office Guidelines: “…main applicants endorsed by one of the four Science bodies qualify for accelerated settlement in 3 years”.

Does this mean that after an Endorsement either for Exceptional Promise or Exceptional Talent this person will have a right to apply for ILR? The short answer is… YES! And if you are happy with this, congrats and go to during champange.

However, if you need more details – give me the next minute to explain.

Tier 2 visa to ILR: Global Talent Visa counts all your years in the UK

This simply means that previous Tier 2 experience is important. Home Office counts it. As a result, you may get your ILR straight after you will get your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. Hooray!

Hence, the duration of your stay is counted from the moment of your actual entry to the UK under Tier 2 or any different visa route.

However, I am not a Global Talent Visa lawyer but just an experienced person with Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in my passport.

Please, pay your attention that Talent Visa Help is not updated anymore. Starting from January 5, 2021, I don't proofread drafts of Personal Statements, Letters of Recommendation or any supporting documents. Also, I do not answer individual questions either via email or Linkedin. For more details, go to the Global Talent Visa Help Updates.

Please, donate to this page if Talent Visa Help was useful for you.

Talent Visa Help has been created for informational purpose and is not an official guidance for Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) application.

Talent Visa Help should not be used as a substitute for the official Tech Nation Guideline or Home Office Guideline. Talent Visa Help is NOT linked either with Tech Nation or Home Office. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the texts belong solely to the authors at Talent Visa Help. The contents of Talent Visa Help do not constitute legal advice and authors accept no liability for the accuracy of information provided. Applicants should always consult the official governmental guidance and seek professional immigration advice where appropriate.

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Author: Andrii Seleznov

TalentVisaHelp is an independent project to help more talents and promises to come to the United Kingdom. This project is created by Andrii Seleznov, Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa recipient and Tech Nation Visa Ambassador in past. Andrii is an experienced entrepreneur, professional engineer and technical founder at Petiole. Additionally, Andrii is an Alumni Mentor at GIST Tech-I Competition and winner of local agritech Hackathons in Ukraine.

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