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No.Q1) Am I eligible to apply for the Tier 2 General visa now?
Yes it still applies. You need 12 months on the dependent visa.Q2) Does cooling period of 12 months apply in my case?
Once you have held a PBS Dependent visa for 12 months.Q3) If it applies, when will the cooling period end so I can apply for the visa?
Yes many, there is no way around this unless you earn in excess of £159,600pa.Q4) Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Please share your experiences.
It is irrelevant. The Immigration rules clearly state that you cannot apply for Tier 2 General from outside the UK if you have held a Tier 2 visa in the last 12 months preceding your date of application.Please note I never left the UK at the termination of my Tier 2 General visa. I had switched before the end of T2 General Visa. Also I never received a curtailment letter for my previous Tier 2 General visa.