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MJNair wrote:I have been in the UK since the begining of 2008 on HSMP, now extended to Tier 1. My husband has also been here since Jan 2008 as well on his company's Intra Company Transfer WP/Tier 2
Now that the rules are changing for Tier 2 ICT in that they are not allowed to settle here anymore, we would like to change my husband's visa status to that of my dependent. i.e Tier 1 dependent.
Can he do this?Yes
If yes, can he do so in the country or should he go to India (home country) and change it?He can Switch In-Country. You should note that it is switching and not extending. So he should pass the criteria set for swtiching
Would he have to wait for a certain time to change his status once he goes to India?
Switching into dependant routeMJNair wrote:Thanks vks & SKUK for your responses.
vks, My husband intends to change his Tier 2 visa to a Tier 1 dependent.
He is not switching.
Do you know if he can apply for his dependent visa right away or would he have to wait for sometime in India (country of origin) before he can apply for a dependent visa?
Can he change his visa in India by himself while I remain here in the UK? Is it necessary that I go with him for the visa?
Any clue how long it would take for a dependent visa to be processed in India?
According to the link (text from the link quoted above), only people who are currently in the UK as partners of certain categories (like a point based migrant) are allowed to switch.Switching in to the dependant route
This page explains the circumstances in which you can apply for permission to stay here as the dependant of someone who is already here in the highly skilled worker category (Tier 1 General) without having to leave the United Kingdom and apply for entry clearance (permission to come to the United Kingdom).
How you can switch in to the dependant route
You can apply for permission to stay here as the dependant of a highly skilled worker without having to leave the United Kingdom and apply for entry clearance if your last grant of entry clearance or permission to stay here was as the partner or child of:
a participant in the Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme;
a participant in the International Graduates Scheme (or the previous Science and Engineering Graduates Scheme);
a postgraduate doctor or dentist,
a student nurse;
a student re-sitting an examination;
a student writing up a thesis; or
a work permit holder.