A Business Visitor Visa is for people who work abroad but intend to visit the UK for a short time to do business on their own or their employer’s behalf. Business visitors include those coming for short visits as:
The applicant must be genuinely seeking entry as a business visitor for a period not exceeding six months (or 12 months for an academic visitor) and they must leave the UK at the end of the visit. The person must also be able to financially maintain and accommodate themselves and any dependents without any benefit.
A business visitor should not receive their wages from a UK business unless working for a multinational company which due to administration purposes handles payment of worldwide salaries from the UK. Reasonable expenses which cover the cost of travel and subsistence are permitted.
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There is no right of appeal against the refusal of an application for entry clearance as a Business Visitor and the refusal can only be challenged by way of Judicial Review in The High Court. An application for permission to apply for Judicial Review must be lodged in High Court within ninety days of the date of the refusal of the application.
The immigration solicitors at Whiterose Blackmans are specialists in dealing with applications for UK visas as business visitors. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in Leeds or the surrounding areas in relation to your application for business visitor visa for UK and our immigration solicitors will provide you with a fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.
If instructed to represent you regarding your application for UK Visa as Business Visitor, we will represent you in full and do all the necessary immigration casework on your behalf.
If your business relies on the contributions of migrant workers, our expert business immigration solicitors can help you navigate the tricky compliance issues that surround this area of the law.
Our business solicitors have extensive experience in advising on matters listed below:
– Sole Representative visa of an overseas business
– UK Start Up Visa
– Sponsorship Licence for Business
– Innovator Visa
– Global talent visa
Are you eligible for a Sole Representative Visa?
To qualify as a sole representative, you must meet the following requirements:
What are the requirements for a Start-up visa?
The Start-up visa lies beside the UK’s new innovator category; similarly with that route, it requires an individual to ascertain that they have a business idea that is innovative, viable and scalable.
In order to qualify for entry to the UK, investors are required to make a minimum £2 million investment in UK stocks and shares. A successful Investor Visa application allows the applicant, their spouse and children under the age of 18 to live in the UK for an initial three years.
You do not need to be actively involved in UK business to be eligible for an investor visa, but you must maintain the value of your investment and a home in the UK, spending at least 180 days here in any 12-month period if you wish to qualify for settlement in the future. If you wish to apply for indefinite leave to remain, there are different criteria on how long you must have resided in the UK based on the amount of money invested. If you have invested more than £10 million in the UK, then you may qualify for accelerated settlement after two years; a £5 million investment can gain you settlement after three years.
What is a Sponsor Licence?
A sponsor licence is the authority you need from UK Visas and Immigration to sponsor non-UK/Irish staff or students in the UK. A licence lasts four years (unless withdrawn by the Home Office) and must be renewed before expiry if you wish to continue to sponsor overseas staff.
For a UK business or educational institution to be considered for a sponsor licence, you must be able to prove the following:
The Innovator route is targeted at entrepreneurs that can prove a credible business idea and their credibility in business. The route will be open to those who have already secured endorsement from an approved governing body.
The credibility of your business idea will be assessed during the initial application process by both the Home Office and your endorsing body. This will involve assessment of documentary evidence, including your business plan, and could include an interview.
The criteria for the Innovator category differ significantly from the previous Entrepreneur rules. Key criteria include:
Unlike the Entrepreneur route, there are no maximum time limits set for an applicant’s stay in the UK, but applicants will be required to confirm endorsement if they apply for an extension, and must meet strict additional criteria when seeking settlement in the UK.
In 2020, the existing Exceptional Talent visa route was replaced by the UK Home Office with the Global Talent visa.
The route was designed to position and promote the United Kingdom as the number one destination in which to live and develop ideas, technology and prowess in fields such as digital technology. Advantages of the Global Talent visa include there being no cap on the number of visas that can be issued (although this cap was never reached with the previous visa), as well as no restrictions around job offers, salary requirements or the level of English required from applicants. You can also bring dependents to the UK, who will also be able to work or study.
At Whiterose Blackmans Solicitors LLP, we offer a free initial legal discussion. This means that you can contact us to discuss the circumstances surrounding your case and we will help guide you to the best path to take. We are here to help and we can assure you that we will act efficiently on your behalf to conclude the application as quickly as possible.