Immigration Support for Pupil Barristers


The Bar Council operates as a Licensed Sponsor on behalf of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and is therefore able to provide Skilled Worker visas for funded pupil barristers and tenants working in chambers in England and Wales, enabling suitably qualified nationals who meet the qualifying criteria to train and practise at the Bar.
 

User information for pupil barristers

The Bar Council is an accredited Skilled Worker Sponsor and is therefore able to provide Certificates of Sponsorship to suitably qualified nationals who have secured positions as pupil barristers or tenants in chambers.

The Certificate of Sponsorship can be used by the individual to apply to UKVI for Skilled Worker entry clearance for the duration of their pupillage or, in the case of tenancy, for a maximum of five years. In both cases it is possible to apply for an extension, provided that the total period of sponsorship does not exceed six years.

Before making your application to the Bar Council please ensure that you are eligible for a Skilled Worker visa by checking eligibility criteria set out below and visiting the UKVI website.
 

Indefinite leave to remain applications

Upon request, the Bar Council is also able to produce supporting letters for applications for indefinite leave to remain.

To find out more about the Bar Council Immigration Support Service, please email Immigration@BarCouncil.org.uk or call +44 (0)207 611 1321.
 

 

Find out more

Nationals seeking pupillage in the UK 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 Skilled Worker 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.