Switch from Tier 2 visa to Global Talent Visa for ILR

Eligibility for ILR with Global Talent Visa

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?

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.

The logic of this process is very simple: if a person has lived and worked with Tier 2 General Visa for 10 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? No, it does not.

ILR for Global Talent Visa does not include time before the switch from Tier 2

This simply means that previous Tier 2 experience does not count

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”.

Hence, the duration of your stay is counted from the moment you are endorsed but not the moment of your actual entry to the UK under Tier 2 or any different visa route.

However, if you need to get qualified advice by solicitors – please, feel free to contact A Y & J Solicitors. They worked with Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applicants and now continue to work with Global Talent Visa applicants.

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Author: Andrii Seleznov

This blog is written by Andrii Seleznov. Andrii is a holder of Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa. He is an experienced entrepreneur, professional engineer, founder and CTO at Petiole and Alumni Mentor at GIST Tech-I Competition

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