The Business Visitor sub-category of the Standard Visitor route allows applicants to come to the UK to carry out business activities.
In order to enter the UK as a Business Visitor, an applicant must demonstrate that:
- they intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit;
- they have sufficient funds for their visit;
- the activities which they intend to carry out in the UK are permitted activities as defined in the Immigration Rules; and
- they do not intend to take employment in the UK.
Length and conditions of stay in the UK
Applicants can apply to come to the UK for a period of up to 6 months. There is no option to extend this visa from within the UK.
Applicants should not intend to live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits under this route or make the UK their main home. Applications can be refused if an immigration officer believes that this is the case.
The general activities which a Business Visitor can carry out during their stay in the UK include the following:
- attend meetings, conferences, seminars and interviews;
- negotiate and sign deals and contracts;
- attend trade fairs to carry out promotional work providing they are not selling directly to the public;
- gather information for their employment overseas; and
- be briefed on the requirements of a UK based customer, provided any work for the customer is done outside of the UK.
Applicants who are employees of an overseas business can also come to the UK under this route to advise and consult, troubleshoot, provide training and share skills and knowledge on a specific project and with UK employees of the same organisation.
This route can also be used by prospective entrepreneurs, employees of foreign manufacturers looking to install, repair or service equipment and clients of UK export companies coming to the UK to oversee that their requirements for goods or services are being carried out correctly.
Business Visitor applications: How we can help
The Home Office will carefully scrutinise an application for a Business Visitor visa. If it does not consider that the applicant intends to leave the UK at the end of their stay or if it considers that any of the other requirements have not been met, the application will fall for refusal. It is therefore essential that the application is prepared thoroughly and carefully.
We are experienced in preparing visa applications for Business Visitors to ensure a successful outcome and will provide expert guidance and assistance to you throughout the process.
For further advice, please contact us.