I have recently received an endorsement as an exceptional talent. This route allows for a three-year visa that leads to ILR afterwards. However, as the main website states, dependents can apply for ILR after 5 years.
My question: can I apply for a three-year visa with my dependent applying for a 5-year visa to avoid any issues extending the dependent’s visa after 3 years? (It’s not clear to me how an extension will work for the dependent given that I’ll be applying for an ILR after 3 years, while my girlfriend will be applying for an extension of her dependent’s visa based on me having a UK Global Talent Visa)
I’ve seen posts in this forum suggesting otherwise, i.e. that dependents visa cannot be longer than the main applicant, which may result in them asking to prolong the main applicant visa to 5 years in this case.
What will happen to the extension if a dependent can’t apply for a longer term than a main applicant in this case?
I.e., as an exceptional talent, I can get ILR in 3 years. Will my dependent be able to extend their dependent visa while I am applying for an ILR?