The Bar Council operates as a Licensed Sponsor on behalf of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and is therefore able to provide a certificate of sponsorship for mini pupils, pupil barristers and tenants working in chambers in England and Wales, enabling suitably qualified non-European Economic Area (non-EEA) nationals who meet the qualifying criteria to train and practise at the Bar.
- Tier 2 Visas are available to non-EEA nationals who have secured either a funded pupillage or tenancy in a barristers’ chambers.
- Tier 5 Visas are available to non-EEA nationals who are undertaking a pupillage but do not wish to practise as a barrister in the UK thereafter, or who have been offered a short-term placement in a barristers’ chambers as a mini pupil or through one of the Bar Council exchange programmes.
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In addition to consulting UKVI’s Guidance for Sponsors, chambers seeking to offer a tenancy or funded pupillage to a non-EEA national are encouraged to contact the Bar Council in order to gain a full understanding of the adaptions we have made, as a specialist Licensed Sponsor, to the Tier 2 terms of reference.
To find out more about the Bar Council Immigration Support Service, please email Immigration@BarCouncil.org.uk or call +44 (0)207 611 1321.