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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Speech and Language Therapists – UK Visa Applications


The demand for speech and language therapists means UK companies have to compete for qualified and experienced candidates at a global level.


Recruiting overseas speech and language therapists to work in the UK means sourcing professionals with fluent English and possibly another language to enable them to work within the UK’s diverse multicultural communities.


In such a competitive recruitment market, meeting recruitment targets for speech therapists and can cause added pressure for both NHS and private providers who wish to attract the best overseas candidates to work in Britain.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors frequently advise companies on overseas recruitment of overseas candidates for healthcare roles, including the international recruitment of speech and language therapists – 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 individuals and business on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified as speech and language therapists 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 speech and language therapists 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 speech and language therapists.


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

  • Language therapist
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Speech therapist.


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties a speech and language therapist role might involve to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:


  • assesses, tests and diagnoses a client’s condition
  • designs and initiates appropriate rehabilitation and/or remedial programmes of treatment
  • treats speech and language disorders by coaching and counselling clients – or through the use of artificial communication devices
  • attends case conferences and liaises with other specialists such as doctors, teachers, social workers and psychologists
  • counsels relatives to help cope with the problems created by a patient’s disability
  • writes reports and maintains client caseloads.


The current minimum salary range for a speech and language therapist applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be:


  • Band 5 & equiv: £21,388
  • Band 6 & equiv: £25,783
  • Band 7 & equiv: £30,764
  • Band 8a & equiv: £39,239
  • Band 8b & equiv: £45,707
  • Band 8c & equiv: £54,998
  • Band 8d & equiv: £65,922
  • Band 9 & equiv: £77,850.


Source: NHS Agenda for Change 2013.


Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Speech and Language Therapists


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a speech and language therapist 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 speech and language therapist 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 speech and language therapists from non-EEA territories 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 speech and language therapists 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 Speech and Language Therapists, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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