Business Visitor Visa

The UK business plays a pivotal role for those who want to come in the UK and think about business. It allows non -EEA citizens 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.

What can you do and cannot do with Business visitor visa?

What you can do?

It allows all the travellers with a granted visa:

  • Attend business appointments, such as conferences, meeting, training, seminars, and interviews.
  • Perform either a one-off or short series of talks and speeches. As long as your activity is promotional work only, is not organised as commercial events and doesn’t make a profit for the organiser, you’ll be staying within UK immigration laws.
  • Negotiate and sign business deals or contracts. Agreeing and negotiating trade agreements and other deals for yourself or an overseas employer while travelling to the UK under the business visit visa is permitted under Home Office Immigration Rules.
  • Checking international goods and services. If conducting business on behalf of an overseas employer, overseas company, or international business, you can take a short-term visit to the UK to check goods and services.
  • Attend trade fairs for business purposes, as long as you’re doing so for promotional purposes. You can’t directly sell or make a profit.
  • Conduct research and gather information for the benefit of business purposes overseas. Activities such as market, industry or technological research are permitted.
  • Carry out site visits and inspections. For international projects and businesses, there’s often a need to travel overseas for general assessment and evaluation. This is allowed under the business visitor visa.
  • Liaise with UK customers. Provided that any gainful employment is performed overseas, the UK government allows business visitors to travel to the UK for briefing on UK-based customer requirements or needs.
  • Search for funding for a UK business. If you’re looking to start, take over, join or run a business in the UK, the business visitor visa will allow you to travel to the UK to search for the funding you need.
  • Perform academic research or accompany international students on a study abroad programme.
  • Take an exam such as the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) or the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).
What you cannot do?
  • Doing paid or unpaid work during your stay. While there are a lot of business activities you can complete with a standard business visa, you can’t perform gainful employment, whether voluntary or not.
  • Live or work in the UK for a long period of time.
  • Receive any public funds. While performing a short-term business stay in the UK, you’re not permitted to access any benefits, grants, or bursaries from the UK government.


To be eligible for the UK business visitor visa, it’s important to show the Home Office several general UK business visa requirements:

  • That you fully intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit.
  • That you have proof of all business activities you intend to perform whilst in the UK.
  • That you have sufficient funds to support and house both yourself and any dependents throughout the duration of your visit without needing to rely on public funds.
  • That you can afford both your inward and outward journey to the UK.
You may also need to provide:
  • Travel documents that state the dates on which you plan to visit the UK.
  • An immigration record and details of your travel history within the past ten years.
  • Details of an overseas employer or overseas company with which you are associated.
  • An estimate for the cost of your visit, as well as evidence of sufficient funds to support your trip.
  • UK residence details for your visit.
  • Your current overseas contact and address details.
  • Your parents’ names and dates of birth, as well as the contact details and passport number of your partner, if applicable.
  • Details of any past criminal or immigration offences you may have committed.

These are most of the important points which we should focus on making an application for business visitor visa.

To get more enquiries about business visitor visa, contact us to get a legal and professional advice.

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