The UK legal system relies on the expertise of overseas legal professionals to enable it to compete successfully in an increasingly international market for legal and dispute resolution services.
Restrictions on Tier 2 visas can put pressure on companies wishing to recruit legal professionals not classified elsewhere, who often provide expertise and services not available in the UK labour force.
Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise companies on overseas recruitment of legal professionals not elsewhere classified, 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 on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified as legal professionals in the UK, or who qualified in the UK and returned to practise in their home country, or went on to qualify and practise in another jurisdiction.
Any Tier 2 applicants can be sponsored for jobs in certain occupations – and the government has drawn up a list of eligible occupations for legal professionals not elsewhere classified 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 legal professionals not elsewhere classified.
Under the regulations, the sort of roles within a company that would be eligible for a Tier 2 visa application include:
UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties legal professionals not elsewhere classified might undertake to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:
The current minimum salary range for a legal professional not elsewhere classified applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £41,600 for an experienced member of staff – and £29,200 for a new entrant.
Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2013.
Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a legal professional (not elsewhere classified) 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 legal professional 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 the UK visa application process and business immigration.
Duncan Lewis immigration lawyers have offices nationwide and in most major cities – and our national and London immigration lawyers regularly advise individuals and companies wishing to recruit high-calibre international legal professionals not elsewhere classified on:
Duncan Lewis business immigration experts are also able to advise on visa appeals for legal professionals not elsewhere classified 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 Legal Professionals not elsewhere classified, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.