What is a Business Visitor Visa?
The UK recognises that in order to promote and support its trade with the global economy it is essential that all those involved in international business are able to visit the UK for short periods for such business purposes.
In order to make such a visit, it is necessary to obtain a Standard Visitor visa for business purposes and to enter as a ‘business visitor’.
Basic Business Visitor Requirements
To qualify, a Business visitor must demonstrate that:
- it is only wished to visit the UK for a short period with a maximum stay of 6 months to carry out business activities,
- the visit is for a genuine business ‘permissible’ activity such as :
- attending conferences,
- conducting site visits,
- attending interviews,
- arranging business related deals or signing trade contracts,
- delivering international goods/and or passengers from abroad, or
- promotional activities.
- it is intended to leave the UK at the end of the visit and that the costs of the onward journey are covered.
- There must be proof that there are sufficient funds available to cover maintenance and accommodation expenses without working in the UK or without the need to recourse to UK public funds, or that there is adequate third party support available for the duration of the stay.
Business Visa Documents
To be successful, the applicant must show appropriate documentary evidence, such as:
- Invitation letter from UK company/business/establishment
- Confirmation and details regarding the purpose of the visit
- If employed – letter from employer approving the period of leave, details of employment, duration, position, salary, and when expected to resume work
- If self-employed – evidence of business activities, accounts and financial credibility
- Evidence of ties to home country – such as ownership of property, business, economic, land, family ties
- Evidence of travel plans – ticket bookings, hotel, itinerary
- Bank statements for last 3/6 months
- Evidence of additional savings
To be entitled to a Business Visit visa an applicant must:
- not intend to study in the UK
- not intend to charge the public for services provided or goods received
- be based abroad and have no intention of setting up a base in the UK
- receive salary/remuneration from overseas
- not intend to marry or register a civil partnership in the UK
- not intend to receive private medical treatment during the visit
- not be a transit passenger to a country outside the common travel area
Grant of Visa
A visa entitles the holder to:
- visit the UK for a maximum period of six months for the purpose declared
- multiple entries during the six months period.
If the permitted period is exceeded, the visitor will become an ‘overstayer’ which status will adversely impact upon any future immigration applications to the UK.
Refusal of Application
An applicant who is refused a business visitor visa will receive a detailed letter explaining the reasons for the refusal and a fresh application will need to be submitted, if the visa is still required.
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