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Which visas allow me to apply for ILR in 2 or 3 years?

The following visa types allow you to apply for ILR before the usual 5 years:

  • Tier 1 (Investor) – you can apply for accelerated ILR within 2 or 3 years depending on the amount of your investment;
  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) and Global Talent – some Exceptional Talent or Global Talent visa holders can apply for ILR within 3 years. This depends on:
    • the endorsing body; and
    • whether you were endorsed for exceptional talent or promise;
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – you may be able to apply within 3 years depending on whether you have created a certain amount of jobs or income; and
  • Innovator – you can apply within 3 years.

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