Business Visitor Visa

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The business visitor visa is for individuals who wish to enter the UK in order to undertake permitted short-term business-related activities.

As the business visit visa route falls within the standard visitor visa category, business visitors will only be permitted to travel to the UK for short periods e.g. a maximum period of 6 months.

To speak to one of our solicitors about how to make a successful business visitor visa application. Call us today on 0300 131 6767 or complete our enquiry form and we will get straight back to you.

Who is eligible for the Business Visitor Visa?

If you’re a visa national, i.e. from the list of countries that require a visa to enter the UK, you will be required to apply for a visit visa prior to entering the UK.

Non-visa nationals, e.g. EEA nationals, can enter the UK for a short visit without a prior visa, but similar to visa nationals, non-visa nationals must still satisfy the requirements for entry as a standard visitor; and will only be able to undertake permitted business-related activities.

Visitors to the UK are generally prohibited from carrying out “work activity” and also from receiving payment from any UK source in the UK, unless the planned activities fall within the specific permissions contained within Appendix Visitor of the Immigration Rules – Permitted Activities.

With a Business Visit Visa, you can visit the UK for up to 6 months to do the following business activities:

  • attend interviews, meetings, conferences and seminars
  • negotiate and sign deals and contracts
  • attend trade fairs to promote your business (you cannot sell things)
  • get work-related training if you’re employed overseas and the training is not available in your home country
  • give a one-off or short series of talks as long as they’re not for profit or a commercial event - you can only be paid for speaking at certain engagements or events (a ‘permitted paid engagement’)
  • carry out site visits and inspections
  • oversee the delivery of goods and services provided by a UK company to your overseas company or organisation
  • deliver training or share knowledge on internal projects with UK employees of the company you work for overseas
  • install, dismantle, repair, service or advise on equipment, computer software and hardware, if your overseas company has a contract with a UK company or organisation

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What documentation do I need to supply?

You must have a passport or travel document to enter the UK. It should be valid for the whole of your stay.

You must be able to provide documentary evidence to demonstrate:

  • you’ll leave the UK at the end of your visit, that you have ties in your home country
  • you’re able to support yourself and your dependants during your trip (or have funding from someone else to support you)
  • you’re able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else to pay for the journey).
  • you’ll not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK your main home
  • The business related activity to be undertaken in the UK.


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How can Latitude Law help?

The expert solicitors at Latitude Law can provide expert advice on all aspects of Business Visitor visa applications. We can provide detailed guidance about the requirements or prepare the entire application alongside a detailed representation document explaining how the relevant rules are met.

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Why choose Latitude Law?

Latitude Law has significant experience of preparing successful Business Visitor visa applications. Thanks to our extensive knowledge of immigration rules, we are able to provide pragmatic advice and meet our clients’ needs.

Working with a law firm can be a big decision, which is why we ensure that our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We are a highly driven team that is dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice.

As a boutique law firm specialising in UK-inbound immigration, our experts understand the complexity and uncertainty that constantly shifting visa policies create for people wishing to visit the UK to undertake work related activities. Our lawyers can provide up-to-the-minute legal advice on how any changes will impact your application.

We are pleased to be recognised as a leading law firm by the following independent bodies: The Times Best Law Firms 2024, Chambers & Partners 2024, Legal 500 2024 and Who'sWhoLegal 2024. These endorsements from the international legal directories demonstrate our integrity and success in dealing with difficult cases. We are also proud of our 5-star Google reviews from over 150 satisfied clients.

Call us today on 0300 131 6767 or fill out our enquiry form and we will get straight back to you. Let our legal experts take the uncertainty out of your Business Visitor Visa application so you can start your successful immigration journey today.

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Contact us

As the requirements for a business visitor visa are complex, to ensure success, you should seek specialist advice from an immigration solicitor before you proceed with an application. Latitude Law’s specialist lawyers can advise you about your individual requirements and ensure that your supporting documentation is compliant with the very latest immigration rules.

Get in touch with our legal team today on 0300 131 6767 or fill out our enquiry form and we will get straight back to you. Face your future knowing you have the dedicated support of one of our expert lawyers.


How long is the Business Visitor visa valid?

A standard Business Visitor visa is valid for up to 6 months,  if you visit the UK regularly, you can choose to apply for a long-term Business Visitor visa instead, valid for up to 10 years.

Can I extend my Business Visitor visa?

Under certain limited circumstances, you may be able to extend your stay if you have permission to be in the UK for less than 6 months for a total of a further 6 months, for example if you are receiving medical treatment.

What should I do if my application is refused?

The refusal of a Business Visit visa application can be challenged by way of Judicial Review in limited circumstances, please contact our team to discuss your refusal in more detail.

Can the Business Visitor visa route lead to settlement?

The Business Visitor visa is a short term visa, it is not a route to settlement, please contact our team if you would like to discuss ways to settle in the UK.

Can I bring family members on Business Visitor visa?

Family members can apply for their visas at the same time as the main applicant, or after the main applicant's visa has been granted. The dependant's visa will be connected to the main applicant's visa and have the same expiry date.

Can I switch to another visa category?

Business Visitor visas are intentioned as a way of coming to the UK in order to visit and not for permanent stay in the UK, therefore absent of any exceptional circumstances you cannot switch from a Visitor Visa to any other visa in the UK. If you would like to discuss a more long term stay in the UK, please contact our team today.

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