Question regarding ILR route for Exceptional Talent

Hi Readers,
I have a question regarding transition from exceptional talent to ILR.
It seems that ET visa holders can qualify to apply for ILR in 3 years.
I recently got the ET visa BRP, and I had been in the UK for 2.5 years on a Tier 2 visa, prior to switching on ET.
So do I still need to wait until I finish my 5 years or can I apply for an ILR in 6 months?
This is assuming that the 3 years includes the total residence in UK, and so the time on Tier 2 gets counted towards it as well. I could be wrong though.

Seems a bit confusing, your inputs are greatly appreciated.


I think you can combine 2.5 years in Tier2 plus 6months in GTV to be eligible for ILR.

If you have a Global Talent visa, you can include any time you’ve spent on the following visas to meet the requirements for time spent in the UK:

  • any Tier 1 visa - except Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 2 (General) or Skilled Worker
  • Scale-up Worker
  • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) or T2 Minister of Religion
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) or T2 Sportsperson
  • Innovator
  • Representative of an Overseas Business

If you have a Tier 1 (Investor) or Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa, you cannot include time you’ve spent on other visas.

See official statement on GOV.UK:


This is so helpful @Francisca_Chiedu, Thanks a lot !

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