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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Librarians – UK Visa Applications


Digitalisation and the expansion of education in the UK, with a wide range of subjects studied and more students from diverse backgrounds, means the role of librarians has become more demanding and reliant on IT skills.

Skills gaps in the UK labour market – especially in STEM subjects – can make it necessary and even desirable to recruit qualified and experienced librarians from non-EEA countries to work in public and private sector libraries, including medical or scientific libraries and legal libraries.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise companies on the international recruitment of librarians – 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 on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent non-EEA graduates who have qualified in librarianship 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 librarians 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 librarians.

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

  • Chartered librarian
  • Librarian
  • Technical librarian
  • University librarian.


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


  • selects and arranges for the acquisition of books, periodicals, audio-visual and other material – collects, classifies and catalogues information, books and other material
  • prepares and circulates abstracts, bibliographies, book lists, etc
  • identifies the information needs of clients, seeks out and evaluates information sources
  • establishes information storage systems to deal with queries and to maintain up to date records
  • manages library borrowing and inter-library loan facilities
  • promotes library services through displays and talks, provides learning and cultural experiences through events such as author talks, reading groups, formal and informal teaching.  


The current minimum salary range for a librarian applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £20,500 for an experienced member of staff – and £20,500 for a new entrant, or £12,800 for new entrants and £17,600 for experienced applicants who entered Tier 2 under the Rules in place before 6 April 2011.


Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2013.


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


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a librarian joining your UK operation requires expert legal advice on the preparation of the visa application to ensure no delays occur – delays in the Tier 2 visa application process might potentially jeopardise the timely take up of a librarian 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 across all employment sectors.


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 librarians 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 librarians 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 Librarians, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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