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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Senior Police Officers – UK Visa Applications


The public and private sectors both offer opportunities for senior police officers to work within the criminal justice system, as well as within operational support roles such as forensics or intelligence.


There are also Direct Entry Inspector and Superintendent programmes run by the College of Policing in support of the UK’s National Policing Vision, in order to bring exceptional leaders into the police force “to make an immediate impact on culture, efficiency and effectiveness”.


The multicultural nature of policing in the UK means diversity and equality in the police force are paramount, with a requirement for experienced senior police officers who can implement this policy under the Equality Act 2010.


However, recruiting experienced senior officers from non-EEA countries, who can further police commitment to diversity and community engagement, may be hampered by restrictions on Tier 2 visas.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise on the international recruitment of senior police officers 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 on Tier 2 applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified in the UK, or graduates who have returned to their home countries after qualifying and wish to take up a senior police appointment 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 senior police officers 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 senior police officers.


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

  • Chief superintendent (police service)
  • Detective inspector
  • Police inspector.


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


  • liaises with senior officers to determine staff, financial and other short- and long-term needs
  • plans, directs and co-ordinates general policing for an area or functional unit
  • directs and monitors the work of subordinate officers
  • establishes contacts and sources of information concerning crimes planned or committed directs – and co-ordinates the operation of record keeping systems and the preparation of reports.  


The current minimum salary range for a senior police officer applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £53,800 for an experienced member of staff – and £50,800 for a new entrant.


Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2013.


Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Senior Police Officers


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a senior police officer joining your UK operation 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 senior police officer 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 regularly advise on the recruitment of high-calibre, non-EEA senior police officers, including:


  • Tier 2 Licence
  • Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsor (CoS)
  • Tier 2 Visa Applications
  • Standard UK Visa for Business Visits.


Duncan Lewis business immigration experts are also able to advise on visa appeals for senior police officers 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 Senior Police Officers, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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