Foreign Secretary signs Latin American Agreement Promoting Greater Mobility for Latin American Students and Qualified Workers

Last month, the Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and his Peruvian counterpart, Nestor Popolizio Bardales, signed a Treaty on the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications. This Treaty will enable better mobility for Latin American students and qualified workers to the UK by creating more study and work opportunities. This agreement follows similar Treaties the UK has recently made with Chile, Columbia, and Mexico. If you are a Latin American student or qualified worker, contact LEXVISA Immigration Solicitors for assistance in preparing an application in light of these recent agreements.

What are the Mutual Recognition of Qualification Agreements and what will the impact be for Latin American students and qualified workers?

Last month, Boris Johnson was the first British Foreign Secretary in 50 years to visit Peru. The purpose of the visit was for Mr. Johnson and Peru’s Foreign Secretary, Nestor Popolizio Bardales, to sign the Mutual Recognition of Qualification Agreement. This meeting was part of Mr. Johnson’s 5-day visit across Latin America, where he signed similar Treaties with Chile, Columbia and Mexico.

The documents state that any Bachelor degree, Master’s degree or any Doctoral degree that is granted in any of these Latin American countries will be recognised in the UK. UK NARIC, who worked closely with the Foreign Secretary and his Latin American counterparts at the initial stages of the discussions, has said that:

“The technical dialogue focused on developing a reciprocal understanding of quality assurance processes to ensure that the learning outcomes of the included qualification are comparable”.

The agreements will create opportunities for student and qualified workers from those Latin American countries in the UK. The agreements allow for the same rights for UK students and qualified workers in those Latin American countries.

UK Visa applications for Latin American students and qualified workers

Students and qualified workers from Latin America will still need to apply for the relevant visas in order to study of work in the UK.

The Tier 4 (General) Student visa allows Latin American students to come to the UK in order to study for a Bachelor degree, Master’s degree or PhD. Tier 4 students can therefore live and work part-time in the UK for the duration of their course. Tier 4 students will first need to receive an offer from a licenced institution and be issued with a CAS. Once they have a CAS they can submit the Tier 4 student visa application. The Tier 2 visa allows qualified workers to work in the UK. Similarly to the Tier 4 student visa, Tier 2 workers will need to be sponsored by a fully licenced business and will need to be issued with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS).

There are many stringent rules and requirements that need to be followed and met in order to be granted a Tier 4 (General) Student visa or Tier 2 Work Visa, and LEXVISA Immigration Team has a great deal of experience and success in dealing with these types of applications. If you are from Latin America and would like help with preparing and submitting a study or work visa in the UK, then please do not hesitate to contact us today and we can schedule a consultation with an Immigration Solicitor and Barrister.

Using Legal Representation to apply for a UK visa as Latin American students or qualified workers as a result of the Mutual Recognition of Qualification Agreements

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to apply for a UK visa as Latin American students or qualified workers.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.

This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your application meets the Immigration Rules.

Successful UK visa applications as a Latin American student or qualified workers as a result of the Mutual Recognition of Qualification Agreements

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your visa and immigration application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your immigration and visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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