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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Archivists – UK Visa Applications


The global digitisation of business and other sectors has increased the need for qualified and experienced archivists to work in corporate and public sector archives or museums and galleries.


UK companies and organisations not only face a serious skills shortage in the UK labour force – including STEM subjects and languages – but UK immigration law and restrictions of Tier 2 visa may also prove a challenge to the international recruitment of experienced archivists with the required skills.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise public and private sector companies and organisations on the overseas recruitment of archivists – 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 on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have trained as archivists 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 archivists 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 archivists.


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


  • Archivist
  • Conservator
  • Curator
  • Keeper (art gallery)
  • Museum officer.


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


  • examines, appraises and advises on the acquisition of exhibits, historic records, government papers and other material
  • classifies material and arranges for its safekeeping and preservation
  • maintains indexes, bibliographies and descriptive details of archive material and arranges for reproductions of items where necessary
  • examines objects to identify any damage and carries out necessary restoration whilst preserving original characteristics
  • makes sure that storage and display conditions protect objects from deterioration and damage
  • allows access to original material or material not on display for researchers
  • develops and promotes ideas for exhibitions and displays
  • negotiates loans of material for specialist displays
  • liaises with school and other groups or individuals, publicises exhibits and arranges special displays for general, specialised or educational interest
  • answers verbal or written enquiries and gives advice on exhibits or other material.


The current minimum salary range for an archivist applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £24,500 for both an experienced member of staff and for a new entrant.


Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2011. No comparable data available on Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2013.            


Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Archivists


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for an archivist 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 archivist 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 and professionals on business immigration law 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 can advise companies wishing to recruit high-calibre archivists 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 archivists 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 Archivists, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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