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Social Workers – UK Visa Applications


The emphasis on improving social care in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – all of which have separate systems – has fuelled the need for social workers in the UK.


However, Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2) visa restrictions can make the international recruitment of social care staff a challenge for local authorities and private providers.


Increased support in the community for mental health patients and migrants trafficked into the UK – as well as a spiralling workload in children’s services and adult services – has revealed skills gaps in social care in the UK labour force, meaning international recruitment of suitably qualified and skilled social workers has become not only a necessity to plug skills gaps, but to fulfil the needs of a diverse UK population.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise on the international recruitment of non-EEA social workers wishing to take up appoints in England and Wales – 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 Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2) applications – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified in the UK.


Any Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2) applicants can be sponsored for jobs in certain occupations – and the government has drawn up a list of eligible occupations for social workers wishing to apply for a Skilled Worker (formerly known as 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 workers. Under the regulations, the sort of roles within social work that would be eligible for a Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2) visa application include:

  • Psychiatric social worker
  • Senior practitioner (local government: social services)
  • Social worker.


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties a social worker might undertake to qualify for a Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2) visa, including:


  • liaises with other health and social care professionals and agencies to identify those in need and at risk within the local community
  • interviews individuals and groups to assess and review the nature and extent of difficulties
  • undertakes and writes up assessments to specified standards
  • arranges for further counselling or assistance in the form of financial or material help
  • organises support and develops care plans to address service users’ needs
  • keeps case records, prepares reports and participates in team meetings
  • gives evidence in court
  • participates in training and supervision.


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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Social Workers


Applying for a Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2) visa for a social worker j requires expert legal advice on the preparation of the visa application to ensure no delays occur – any delays in the Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2) visa application process might potentially jeopardise the timely take up of a social worker 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 companies wishing to recruit high-calibre social workers from overseas on:


  • Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2) Licence 
  • Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2) Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)
  • Skilled Worker (formerly known as Tier 2) Visa Applications
  • Skilled Worker (formerly known as 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 workers wishing to take up appointments in the UK.



For further information on UK visa applications for Social Workers, call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 or e-mail us at privateimmigration@duncanlewis.com / businessimmigration@duncanlewis.com



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