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Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – Welfare Professionals Not Elsewhere Classified – UK Visa Applications


A wide range of private and public sector businesses and organisations require skilled and qualified welfare professionals for counselling, safeguarding, therapeutic or rehabilitation roles.


Skills gaps in the UK labour market, a diverse population – and more emphasis on preventative or early intervention strategies in healthcare, mental health and family crises – has fuelled a need for welfare professionals (not elsewhere classified) to work within social services.


Duncan Lewis business immigration solicitors can advise on the international recruitment of welfare professionals (not elsewhere classified) – 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 social work or healthcare 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 welfare professionals not elsewhere qualified 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 welfare professionals not elsewhere classified.

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

  • Children’s guardian
  • Rehabilitation officer
  • Social services officer
  • Youth worker (professional).


UK Visas & Immigration rules also set out the types of duties a welfare professional not elsewhere classified might undertake to qualify for a Tier 2 visa, including:


  • provides activities to assist young people develop and fulfill their potential as individuals and within the community
  • advises and supports families experiencing stress or crisis
  • acts as an advocate for and represents individuals and families at tribunals and similar hearings
  • oversees, supervises and provides counselling for the process of adoption
  • mentors and counsels those with mental health problems
  • provides rehabilitation services to individuals
  • manages volunteers and part-time workers, and liaises with other relevant professionals
  • keeps records and controls budgets.


The current minimum salary range for a welfare professional not elsewhere classified applying for a Tier 2 UK visa would be £20,500 for an experienced member of staff, or £18,000 for experienced applicants who entered Tier 2 under the Rules in place before 6 April 2011 – and £20,500 for a new entrant, or £12,500 for new entrants who entered Tier 2 under the Rules in place before 6 April 2011.


Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings 2013.


Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors – UK Visa Applications & Appeals – Welfare Professionals not elsewhere classified


Applying for a Tier 2 visa for a welfare professional (not elsewhere classified) 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 welfare 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 companies wishing to recruit high-calibre welfare professionals (not elsewhere classified) from overseas 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 welfare professionals (not elsewhere classified) 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 Welfare Professionals (not elsewhere classified), call Duncan Lewis Business Immigration Solicitors in confidence on 0333 772 0409 for a FREE initial consultation.


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