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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Journalists, Newspaper and Periodical Editors –UK Visa Applications


International recruitment of journalists or editors may be hampered by restrictions on Tier 2 visas under UK immigration law – and the global need for experienced and qualified journalists, newspaper and periodical editors means UK publishers are competing in an international recruitment market to secure the services of the specialist editorial staff they need.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise companies on the recruitment of journalists, newspaper and periodical editors from non-EEA countries – 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 professionals on Tier 2 visa applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified in journalism in the UK and wish to take up a editorial position with a UK publisher after graduation.


Any Tier 2 applicants can be sponsored for jobs in certain occupations – and the government has drawn up a list of eligible occupations for journalists, newspaper and periodical editors 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 journalists, newspaper and periodical editors.

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


  • Broadcast journalist
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Radio journalist
  • Reporter.


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties journalists, newspaper and periodical editors might undertake to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:


  • determines subject matter and undertakes research by interviewing, attending public events, seeking out records, reviewing written work, attending film and stage performances, etc
  • writes articles and features and submits draft manuscripts to newspaper, magazine, periodical or programme editor
  • selects material for broadcast or publication, checks style, grammar, accuracy and legality of content and arranges for any necessary revisions
  • liaises with production staff in checking final proof copies immediately prior to printing.


The current minimum salary range for journalists, newspaper and periodical editors applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £24,200 for an experienced member of staff – and £20,500 for a new entrant, or £19,400 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 – Journalists, Newspaper and Periodical Editors


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a journalist or newspaper and periodical editor 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 appointment involving a journalist or newspaper or periodical editor.


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 can advise publishers wishing to recruit qualified and experienced, non-EEA journalists, newspaper and periodical editors 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 journalists, newspaper and periodical editors 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 Journalists, Newspaper and Periodical Editors, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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