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UK Business Visit Visa – Everything you need to know

Published on: 10 Sep 2020
Reading time: Approx 7 mins

UK business visas are a pre requisite for any non-visa national considering doing business in the UK. UK business visas fall under both settlement and non-settlement options.

Typically the non-settlement visa is the Business visit visa typically valid for 6 months to two years to five years and ten years.

Applicants who are considering applying for a visit visa to the UK are required to demonstrate that

  • they will leave the UK at the end of their visit
  • have enough money to support themselves without working or help from public funds
  • can pay for their return or onward journey
  • will not be undertaking prohibited activities
Do you know which is the right UK Visit Visa for you? Know here.

What UK Business visitors are allowed to do

  • Attend meetings, conferences, seminars, interviews;
  • Negotiate and sign deals and contracts;
  • Attend trade fairs, for promotional work only (no sales)
  • Carry out site visits and inspections;
  • Collect information regarding their prospective business/investment;
  • Meet with clients to collect requirements/carry out installations/training to clients

Employees of companies can also apply under the business visit categories and carry out assignments for their clients/prospects:

  • For advisory/consulting assignment
  • Trouble-shooting and provide training
  • Sharing skills and knowledge for specific projects in case if intra company assignments

In what can be confusing at times, applicants need to understand that UK business visitors also include artists, entertainers, sportspersons and musicians who may give performances as an individual or as part of a group and are permitted to:

  • Take part in competitions or auditions;
  • Make personal appearances and
  • Take part in promotional activities; and
  • Take part in one or more cultural events or festivals on the list of permit free festivals.
  • Participate in tournaments / attend training

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UK Business visitors have to be mindful that they are not permitted

  • to take any employment in the UK;
  • establish or run a business as a self-employed person (applicants can set up companies);
  • sell directly to the public
  • carry work placement or internships;

Being mindful of the way businesses are conducted – the UK business visit visa allows applicants to take some activities for which they would get paid including

What are the application process for UK Business visit visa

  • Applicants are required to complete an online application
  • Visit the VFS for submission of the application of documents & biometrics

Applications are generally processed within 3 weeks, applicants can also pay for priority service to have the applications processed more quickly. It is important to note that paying for priority visas does not guarantee a successful outcome.

What are the documents required for the UK business visit visa application

Typically, applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Evidence of their identity
  • Evidence of the purpose for visiting the UK, e.g. a specific conference or meeting you will be attending;
  • Evidence of financial support for the duration of the trip
  • Evidence of reasons to return to the home country

Extra: Settlement business visas have various options including

If you want to know more about UK Business Visit Visa category or need assistance in your Business Visa UK 2021 application, you can contact us on below given details.

Our expert UK Business Visit Visa lawyers / expert are based in Mumbai | Delhi | Gurgaon | Chandigarh | Bangalore and London.

General questions asked in forums

How to apply for UK visa from Ireland while in Ireland on Indian business visa?

You would be required to submit an online application pack and visit the VFS in Ireland for your documents and biometrics submission if you are on a non-tourist visa. If you have an Irish tourist visa you would be eligible to enter the UK as well without applying for a UK visa.

Do I need to personally visit VFS office for UK business visa if I have travelled to UK before and having valid Schengen and USA b1 visa?

Yes, every time you apply for UK Visa, you need to personally visit VFS office for your biometrics.

I have a UK business visa appointment at Pune Can I walk in to the Hyderabad embassy for visa

You could cancel your appointment at the VFS Pune and walk-in at VFS Hyderabad for your appointment. The embassy would not entertain any submission of visa applications directly. It is also advisable to check prior to your visit with VFS Hyderabad if walk-ins are being accepted.

Is having a valid UK business visa beneficial in getting US b1 visa condition being you are staying in your home country despite having UK business visa?

It is not mandatory to visit the country even if you have a visa. However, every application is decided based on the facts and information provided to the Immigration Officer.

Can I switch my visitor visa of UK to business visa from India?

If you are eligible you can apply for business visa from India, whilst having a valid visit visa.



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