In-country switch possible from Tier-4 Student Visa to Global Talent Visa?


I am a Tier-4 student and my current visa expires on 31st May 2020 (after the last extension due to COVID19).

I have applied for the Global talent visa and am expecting a revert before 31st May.

In normal circumstances, I would have to apply for Stage-2 / switch from my home country. But I am unable to travel due to COVID 19.

My understanding is that due to COVID 19 the government is allowing the switch from UK. The extract from website is as follows :

“ You can apply from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31 May 2020 if your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020. This includes applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country.”

So, I have 2 questions:

  1. Does anyone know the NEXT STEPS if I get a successful endorsement? How should I apply from the UK given that I am on Tier-4 considering the current circumstances? I am not able to find the details of the procedure.
  2. If I am endorsed for exceptional talent visa, how long before my dependent partner and kid can apply for ILR. Is it 3 years or 5 years?

Would appreciate if anyone has switched recently or know about it, please advise.

Thanks & Regards,


@HNC Ans 1. If you get endorsed, you apply stage 2 from here. No questions asked as HO already made that acceptable.
Ans 2. Regardless of main applicant’s ILR period, dependent has to spend 5 years.