Working holiday visa leading to UK permanent residency?'

Does time spent on a working holiday visa count towards indefinite leave to remain qualification?'


No - only time spent on a visa that leads to settlement counts towards indefinite leave to remain applications. Working Holiday or Tier 5 visas (under the Youth Mobility Scheme) aren't long term visas that lead to settlement in the UK. Therefore any time spent in United Kingdom on those visas does not count when you made your application for indefinite leave to remain. Time spent on a Tier 2 work permit, a Tier 1 Highly Skilled Migrant Permit (HSMP) or Ancestry Visa will count. If you plan to stay long term in the UK and wish to gain UK citizenship then you should change from a Working Holiday to a Work Permit or HSMP. Of course these are just the most common visa types - there are other paths to settlement. You need 5 years in total of time on Work Permit / HSMP to get ILR. Application Assistance for ILR Indefinite Leave to Remain Applications in UK