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Business visit visa

The business visitor visa allows foreign nationals to visit the UK for business purposes including attending conferences or taking part in sports or creative events and falls under the standard visa category.

Business visit visa eligibility requirements

The applicants must satisfy the Home Office that they are a genuine visitor by meeting the below general requirements.

  • Proposed visit will be only for the purpose and duration as stated
  • Intend to leave the UK at the end of the visit
  • Will not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK main home;
  • Genuinely seeking entry for a purpose that is permitted by the visitor routes and will not undertake any prohibited activities;
  • Have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to the visit without working or accessing public funds.
  • Evidence of business activities undertaking in the UK

The applicants are allowed to travel to the UK for a short term stay, usually for a period of no longer than six months, for a specific range of business-related activities. The business activities may include:

  • Perform either a one-off or short series of talks and speeches
  • Attend business appointments such as conferences, meetings, training, seminars, and interviews
  • Negotiate and sign business deals, trade agreements or contracts
  • Attend trade fairs for business promotional purposes
  • Conduct research and gather information for the benefit of business purposes overseas
  • Carry out site visits and inspections of international projects

The business visitor visa does not permit to undertake paid or unpaid work, live in the UK for long periods of time through frequent visits, enter into a marriage/civil partnership or give notice for the same or claim public funds. The business visit visa can be applied for 6 months, 2, 5 or 10 years if the applicant wishes to visit the UK regularly;however can only stay a maximum of 6 months on each visit normally.

How can we assist?

Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in handling visit visa applications from all over the world. We have dealt with numerous visit visa refusals and obtained successful outcomes further to resubmissions. It is better to obtain legal assistance prior to the initial application. Our experience ranges from dealing with issues relating to ECO not being convinced that the applicant will return back to allegations of fraudulent documents submitted with the application. We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the normal processing time for a business visitor visa?

The business visitor visa process normally takes around 15 working days. The applicant may apply for priority service for decision within 5 working days or super priority service for a decision within 24 hours if available in their country of application. The priority services assist business visitors who sometimes take last minute decisions for travel.

What are the common reasons for a visit visa refusal?

We have seen many refusals due to the fact that applicants had inconsistent deposits on bank accounts and not being proportionate to the income stated, lack of economic incentives to return back, not evidencing business activities or overseas business connection etc.

Can I bring my family members on a visit visa?

It is possible for the applicants to apply and travel as a family group; however they must make separate applications and pay the relevant fees accordingly.

How long can I stay and can I extend my visit visa?

The visitor visa is normally granted for 6 months, unless it’s a long visit application for 2,5 or 10 years. There is no specified maximum period which an individual can spend in the UK in any period such as ‘6 months in 12 months’. However, if it is clear from an individual’s travel history that they are making the UK their main home, the Home Office may refuse their entry or future applications. The UK visitor visa can be extended if there are compelling and compassionate circumstances.

What can I do if my visit visa application is refused?

The applicant should try and understand the reasoning for the refusal and see if further evidence can be provided to rectify the issues. If so, it is best to make a fresh application. There is no right of appeal against a visit visa application, unless there are human right grounds involved or raised and is not certified as clearly unfounded. If there is no right of appeal and the decision is wrong or not in accordance with the rules, the applicant may challenge this by the way of judicial review.
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