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Social Services Managers and Directors

Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Social Services Managers and Directors – UK Visa Applications


The demand for highly qualified and experienced social services managers and directors has been fuelled by a shake up of social services in the UK.


Staff shortages have been found to increase risk of abuse and lower staff morale – increasing the need for skilled managers and directors in adult care, mental healthcare and children’s services to implement government reforms and energise recruitment of qualified staff, including home managers, team managers, area managers and service managers.


Restrictions on Tier 2 visas can hamper efforts to recruit skilled social services managers and directors from non-EEA countries, to fill skills gaps in social services and in the UK labour force.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise companies and local authorities on the international recruitment of social services managers and directors, 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 businesses and public sector organisations 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 social services managers and directors 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 social services managers and directors.

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

  • Care manager (local government: social services)
  • Service manager (welfare services).


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


  • provides leadership and management to ensure services are delivered in accordance with statutory requirements and in line with the local authority social services department’s policies and procedures
  • determines staffing, financial, material and other short and long-term needs
  • plans work schedules, assigns tasks and delegates responsibilities of social services staff
  • monitors and evaluates departmental performance with a view to improving social service provision
  • studies and advises upon changes in legislation that will impact upon social service provision
  • liaises with representatives of other relevant agencies.


The current minimum salary range for social services managers and directors applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £29,700 for an experienced member of staff – and £22,900 for a new entrant.


Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2013.


Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Social Services Managers and Directors


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a social services manager or director 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 social services manager or director 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:


  • 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 social services managers and directors 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 Social Services Managers and Directors, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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