The legal sector adds billions of pounds to the UK economy every year – much of it as a result of international law, which can require the expertise of barristers and judges from outside EEA jurisdictions.
There have been concerns that the restrictions on Tier 2 visas may impact on the ability of the legal system to operate in an increasingly competitive global market – which by its nature requires the expertise of barristers and judges who may practise in another jurisdiction; or who might have been called to the Bar in England and Wales before returning to their own country, or going on to practise in another jurisdiction.
Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise legal firms on the international recruitment of barristers and judges, 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 for barristers, judges and other legal professionals coming to the UK to work in international law firms – as well as advising on recruiting recent overseas graduates who have qualified as barristers and have been called to the Bar in England and Wales.
Our specialist business immigration department can advise on Tier 2 visas for non-EEA candidates wishing to take up appointments in England and Wales – as well as candidates from Commonwealth countries.
Any Tier 2 applicants can be sponsored for jobs in certain occupations – and the government has drawn up a list of eligible occupations for barristers and judges wishing to apply for a Tier 2 visa to take up an appointment in England and Wales.
UK Visas & Immigration regulations set out in the Codes of Practice for Skilled Workers such as barristers and judges.
Under the regulations, the sort of appointments that would make a barrister or judge eligible for a Tier 2 visa application include: