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Of which EEA Residence isn't acceptable as it is not listedEligibility
You must already be in the UK under any of the following visas or schemes:
Tier 1 visa
Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa
Tier 2 (Minister of religion) visa
Tier 2 (Intra company Transfer: established staff) visa and you’re applying to change sponsor
Tier 2 (Intra company Transfer) visa under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010 and you’re applying to change sponsor
Tier 4 visa, or you’re on another kind of student visa - read ‘Switching from a Tier 4 visa’ below
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting) for a job as a professional footballer and you meet the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) requirements
Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
International Graduates Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme)
Business and Commercial work permit (except multiple entry work permits)
Sports and Entertainment work permit (except multiple entry work permits)
You can also switch to a Tier 2 (General) visa if you’re:
a dependent partner of someone with a Tier 4 visa
a Jewish agency employee
operational ground staff of an overseas-owned airline
a minister of religion, missionary or member of a religious order
an overseas qualified nurse or midwife
writing up a thesis
a postgraduate doctor or dentist
a representative of an overseas business
a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation
a student union sabbatical officer
Do note all those listed above are types of Visas, i.e.postgraduate doctor or dentist is a type of visaYou must leave the UK and make your Tier 2 (General) application from abroad if you’re not in any of these categories.
I can see why you would be confused but those are types of visas still just not in the points-based systemnemerkh wrote:You can also switch to a Tier 2 (General) visa if you’re...
The statement above is confusing as it says you can ALSO switch bla bla meaning its like a follow up to the eligibility? Bit confusing.
It does if you had a right of residence under the EEA provisions:nemerkh wrote:Yes i got a bit overexcited just had a read through and it states doesnt apply to eea routes.
Page 24 - Long ResidenceHowever, you must apply discretion and count time spent in the UK as lawful residence for an EU or EEA national or their family members exercising their treaty rights to reside in the UK.
If you haven't LEGALLY resided in the UK for a full ten years you cannot settle under the ten-year routeGiving the history of this OP's case, i do not believe that he can avail of the Long residence provision, if he could not qualify for PR under the Regulations.