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I'm afraid that your time as a student would not be relevant to an application for indefinite leave to remain. Students do not benefit insofar as ILR eligibility is concerned in the same way spouses/workers/family members/asylum cases do, they can eventually apply for ILR but only on the basis of long residence (ie. 10 years).
You must complete 5 years continuous work starting from the date you received your worker's visa and started working I'm afraid. Sorry it could not be better news. If this is useful please kindly click accept so that I may be rewarded for my time. You will be free to ask follow up questions. Kind regards,
If you are on a worker's visa now and in the UK working then you are free to extend the visa before it expires in order to secure you leave to remain and work here - the immigration cap on worker's visas only applies to persons who are out of the UK and wish to apply.
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