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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Chartered and Certified Accountants – UK Visa Applications


Recruiting high-calibre chartered and certified accountants in an increasingly competitive global market is imperative for the success of UK-based companies – yet Tier 2 visa restrictions can place unnecessary obstacles in the way of companies needing to fulfil realistic recruitment targets for chartered or certified accountants with the expertise companies need.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise companies on the international recruitment of chartered and certified accountants, 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 companies across all sectors Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified as chartered or certified accountants in the UK, or who may have qualified in the UK and returned to their home country to practise.


Any Tier 2 applicants can be sponsored for jobs in certain occupations – and the government has drawn up a list of eligible occupations for chartered and certified accountants wishing to apply for a Tier 2 visa to take up a position in the UK.


UK Visas & Immigration regulations set out in the Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers such as chartered and certified accountants.


Under the regulations, the sort of roles within a company that would be eligible for a Tier 2 visa application include:

  • Accountant (qualified)
  • Auditor (qualified)
  • Chartered accountant
  • Company accountant
  • Cost accountant (qualified)
  • Financial controller (qualified)
  • Management accountant (qualified).


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties a chartered or certified accountant might undertake to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:


  • plans and oversees implementation of accountancy system and policies
  • prepares financial documents and reports for management, shareholders, statutory or other bodies
  • audits accounts and book-keeping records
  • prepares tax returns, advises on tax problems and contests disputed claim before tax official
  • conducts financial investigations concerning insolvency, fraud, possible mergers, etc
  • evaluates financial information for management purposes
  • liaises with management and other professionals to compile budgets and other costs
  • prepares periodic accounts, budgetary reviews and financial forecasts
  • conducts investigations and advises management on financial aspects of productivity, stock holding, sales, new products, etc.


The current minimum salary range for a chartered or certified accountant applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £24,600 – and £20,500 for a new entrant, or £15,200 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 2013.


Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Chartered and Certified Accountants


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a chartered or certified accountant 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 a chartered or certified accountant 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 and the UK visa application process.


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 qualified and experienced chartered and certified accountants from non-EEA countries 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 chartered and certified accountants 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 Chartered and Certified Accountants, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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