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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Ophthalmic Opticians – UK Visa Applications


There are currently skills shortages across all areas of the medical profession in the UK, including vacancies for qualified and experienced ophthalmic opticians working in the NHS or for private providers.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise companies on overseas recruitment of ophthalmic opticians, 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 wishing to recruit overseas candidates on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified in ophthalmology 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 ophthalmic opticians wishing to apply for a Tier 2 visa to take up a position in the UK.


UK Visas & Immigration regulations set out Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers such as an ophthalmic optician.


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


  • Ophthalmic optician
  • Optician
  • Optologist
  • Optometrist.


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties an ophthalmic optician might carry out to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:


  • examines eyes and tests vision of patient – identifies problems, defects, injuries and ill health
  • prescribes, supplies and fits appropriate spectacle lenses, contact lenses and other aids
  • advises patient on proper use of glasses, contact lenses and other aids – and on appropriate lighting conditions for reading and working
  • refers patient to a specialist, where necessary
  • carries out research with glass and lens manufacturers.


The current minimum salary range for an ophthalmic optician applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be:


  • Band 5 & equiv: £21,388
  • Band 6 & equiv: £25,783
  • Band 7 & equiv: £30,764
  • Band 8a & equiv: £39,239
  • Band 8b & equiv. £45,707
  • Band 8c & equiv: £54,998
  • Band 8d & equiv: £65,922
  • Band 9 & equiv: £77,850.


Source: NHS Agenda for Change 2013.


Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Ophthalmic Optician


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for an ophthalmic optician 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 ophthalmic optician 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 qualified and experienced ophthalmic opticians 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 ophthalmic opticians 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 Ophthalmic Opticians, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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