I have already been in the UK for 2.5 years under a Tier 2 (General) Visa. I have received my endorsement under “Exceptional Talent” and now applying to switch to the Global Talent Visa. I am looking for advise on:
When can I apply for ILR? My understanding is that I can apply for ILR as soon as I complete 3 years in the UK and my time on Tier 2 (General) will add up? Which means I could apply for ILR in 6 months from now?
If that’s the case, what length of visa duration should I be applying for? Would it be risky to just go for 1 year? or should I just take a longer duration and pay the NHS surcharge for the subsequent years?
Is there any other scenario I should be thinking through while making this switch? For example my visa expiring while still waiting for ILR… an ILR getting denied, etc…
Any pointers would be appreciated! Thanks.