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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Business and Related Research Professionals – UK Visa Applications


All sectors of business and industry require the services of high-calibre business and related research professionals as part of product research, market research, R&D, or scientific/academic research.


Recruiting business and related research professionals in an increasingly competitive global market can prove a challenge for UK firms if UK Tier 2 visa restrictions prove an obstacle to recruiting the global talent they need because of skills shortages in the UK.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise companies on overseas recruitment of business and related research 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 companies and individuals on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified 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 business and related research professionals 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 business and related research professionals.


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

  • Crime analyst (police force)
  • Fellow (research)
  • Games researcher (broadcasting)
  • Inventor.


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties a business or related research professional might undertake to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:


  • liaises with production team to generate and develop ideas for film, television and radio programmes
  • research sources for accurate factual material, finds suitable contributors to programmes or print features and deals with any copyright issues
  • briefs presenters, scriptwriters or journalists as required via verbal or written reports
  • provides administrative support for programme development such as booking facilities
  • provides support to criminal intelligence or to military or other security operations by gathering and verifying intelligence data and sources
  • presents findings in the required format, via written reports or presentations
  • researches images for clients in a wide range of media using specialist picture libraries and archives, museums, galleries etc, or commissions new images
  • liaises with client on the appropriate image/s to be used
  • deals with copyright issues and negotiates fees.

The current minimum salary range for a business or relates research professional applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £23,600 for an experienced member of staff – and £20,500 for a new entrant, or £19,500 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 – Business or Related Research Professionals


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a business or related research 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 a business or related research 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 individuals 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 high-calibre business or related research 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 business or related research 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 Business and Related Research Professionals, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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