Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Information Technology and Telecommunications – UK Visa Applications
Recruiting skilled and experienced information technology and telecommunications professionals is essential for companies to function and cover a wide range of roles involving IT practice, support or direction – whether sourcing IT directors, IT engineers or IT and telecommunications consultants, recruiting staff with the right professional profile for your company is essential.
In a global market, international recruitment of IT staff is often essential – a skills shortage in STEM subjects and languages in the UK can mean competing for the best and brightest information technology and telecommunications staff from EU and non-EEA countries.
Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise companies on overseas recruitment of information technology and telecommunications professionals – who are eligible to work in the UK under the regulations covering occupations skilled to NQF Level 6.
Duncan Lewis business immigration lawyers frequently advise businesses wishing to recruit information technology and telecommunications staff from non-EEA territories on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified in IT and telecommunications in the UK.
Any Tier 2 applicants can be sponsored for jobs in certain occupations – and the government has drawn up a list of eligible occupations for information technology and telecommunications professionals wishing to apply for a Tier 2 visa to take up a position in the UK.
UK Visas & Immigration regulations set out Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers such as information technology and telecommunications workers.
Under the regulations, the sort of IT roles within a company that would be eligible for a Tier 2 visa application include:
- IT consultant
- Quality analyst (computing)
- Software tester
- Systems tester (computing)
- Telecommunications planner.
UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties an information technology and telecommunications professional might undertake to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:
- undertakes the testing of software, systems or computer games for errors, identifies source of problems and proposes solutions
- develops, implements and documents test plans for IT software, systems and computer games
- develops quality standards and validation techniques
- makes recommendations concerning software/system quality
- examines IT system for potential threats to its security and integrity – and draws up plans for disaster recovery if security is compromised.
The current minimum salary range for an information technology and telecommunications professional applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £27,000 for an experienced member of staff – and £20,500 for a new entrant, or £19,700 for applicants who entered Tier 2 under the Rules in place before 6 April 2011 and are not subject to the experienced worker rate.
Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2011 and 2013.
Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Information Technology and Telecommunications
Applying for a Tier 2 visa for an information technology and telecommunications professional joining your UK operation requires expert legal advice on the preparation of the visa application to ensure no delays occur.
Companies should be aware that any delays in the Tier 2 visa application process might potentially jeopardise the timely take up of an information technology and telecommunications appointment.
Duncan Lewis immigration experts are one of the UK’s leading specialist immigration and business immigration solicitors, with a highly successful track record in advising companies on business immigration, the UK visa application process and the UK Immigration Act.
Duncan Lewis immigration lawyers have offices nationwide and in most major cities – and our national and London immigration lawyers regularly advise companies wishing to recruit high-calibre information technology and telecommunications professionals from overseas on:
- Tier 2 Licence
- Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsor (CoS)
- Tier 2 Visa Applications
- Tier 2 Intra Company Transfers
- Standard UK Visa for Business Visits.
Duncan Lewis business immigration experts are also able to advise on visa appeals for information technology and telecommunications professionals wishing to take up appointments in the UK.
As immigration specialists, Duncan Lewis is ranked by Legal 500 2015 for its business immigration services.
For further information on UK visa applications for Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.