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Construction Project Managers and Related Professionals

Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Construction Project Managers and Related Professionals – UK Visa Applications


The publication of the UK government’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan reinforced Britain’s determination to continue building and improve the delivery of planning and infrastructure.


As a result, the pressure on the construction industry to recruit experienced and skilled construction project managers and related professionals has never been greater.


At the same time, the government announced further changes to Tier 2 visas.


Current restrictions on Tier 2 applications can already hamper international recruitment targets in sectors where there is a skills shortage in the UK labour force – including international recruitment to address skills shortages in construction.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise construction companies on the overseas recruitment of construction project managers and related 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 businesses 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 construction project managers and related 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 construction project managers and related professionals.


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


  • Contract manager (building construction)
  • Project manager (building construction)
  • Transport planner.


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties a construction project manager and related professional might undertake to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:


  • draws up budgets and timescales for new construction projects based on clients’ requirements
  • briefs project team, contractors and suppliers
  • assembles information for invoicing at the end of projects
  • plans work schedules for construction projects based on prior discussion with architects, surveyors etc
  • hires and may supervise site staff, establishes temporary site offices, takes delivery of materials
  • regularly inspects and monitors progress and quality of work, ensures legal requirements are met
  • identifies defects in work and proposes corrections
  • records, monitors and reports progress
  • forecasts the impact on traffic and transport of new developments (eg a shopping centre)
  • assesses schemes to manage traffic, such as congestion charging and parking controls
  • examines accident “blackspots” to improve road safety
  • writes reports for funding bids and planning authorities and acts as expert witness.


The current minimum salary range for construction project managers and related professionals applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £27,000 for an experienced candidate – and £22,700 for a new entrant.


Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2013.


Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Construction Project Managers and related professionals


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a construction project manager or related 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 construction project manager 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 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 construction project managers or related 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 construction project managers or related 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 Construction Project Managers or related professionals, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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