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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Financial Managers and Directors – UK Visa Applications


In a competitive global market, companies need the flexibility to recruit highly skilled and qualified financial managers and directors to develop and implement financial strategies that will ensure a company’s success both at home and in international markets.


Tier 2 visa restrictions may present challenges for businesses in fulfilling their international recruitment targets.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors frequently advise companies on the overseas recruitment of senior staff such as financial directors and managers, who are eligible to work in the UK under the regulations covering occupations skilled to NQF Level 6.


Duncan Lewis business immigration lawyers can advise companies and individuals on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on the recruitment of 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 financial directors and managers 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 financial directors and managers.


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

  • Investment banker
  • Treasury manager.


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties a financial director or manager might undertake to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:


  • participates in the formulation of strategic and long-term business plans, assesses the implications for the organisation’s financial mechanisms and oversees their implementation
  • plans external and internal audit programmes, arranges for the collection and analysis of accounting, budgetary and related information, and manages the company’s financial systems
  • determines staffing levels appropriate for accounting activities
  • assesses and advises on factors affecting business performance.


The current minimum salary range for financial directors and managers applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £24,600 for an experienced member of staff – and  £20,500 for a new entrant, or £15,200 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 – Financial Directors and Managers


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a financial director or manager 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 financial director or 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 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 financial directors and managers 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 financial directors and managers 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 Financial Directors and Managers, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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