UK businesses across all sectors operate in a global market and usually require the expertise of experienced public relations professionals who are multilingual and can effectively manage client accounts at an international level.
The UK labour force currently has skills gaps, including skills gaps in languages – presenting a challenge to businesses wishing to recruit experienced and multilingual public relations professionals, who understand global markets.
Tier 2 visa restrictions under UK immigration law can hamper companies’ international recruitment targets for public relations professionals, however – including businesses which rely on PR professionals with experience of technology or science/pharma/research sectors, where there are skills shortages in the UK labour force.
Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise on the overseas recruitment of public relations 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 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 public relations 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 public relations professionals.
Under the regulations, the sort of roles within a company that would be eligible for a Tier 2 visa application include:
UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties a public relations professional might carry out to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:
The current minimum salary range for public relations professionals applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £21,600 for an experienced member of staff – and £20,500 for a new entrant, or £14,200 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.
Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a public relations professional requires expert legal advice on the preparation of the visa application to ensure no delays occur – any delays in the Tier 2 visa application process might potentially jeopardise the timely take up of a public relations 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 can advise companies wishing to recruit public relations professionals from non-EEA countries on:
Duncan Lewis business immigration experts are also able to advise on visa appeals for public relations 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 Public Relations Professionals, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.