Visit (Standard) Visa For General Business Activity

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Visit (Standard) Visa For General Business Activity

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This category is for Applicants who wish to visit the UK to undertake general or specified business activity.

Non-European nationals who wish to enter the UK as visitors must have permission to do so unless they are the national of a listed country to which an exemption applies.

When the country exemption applies, an Applicant need only apply for leave to the Immigration Officer at the UK port of entry unless:

(a) visiting the UK to marry or to form a civil partnership (or give notice of this); or

(b) seeking to visit the UK for more than 6 months.

A Visit (Standard) Business visa Applicant needs to demonstrate a genuine intention to visit. This means the Applicant:

will leave the UK at the end of their visit; and
will not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK their main home; and
is genuinely seeking entry for a purpose that is permitted by the visitor routes
will not undertake any prohibited activities set out in the Visitor routes

must have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to their visit without working or accessing public funds. This includes the cost of the return or onward journey, any costs relating to dependants, and the cost of planned activities such as private medical treatment.
Visit (Standard) Business visa holders may undertake a number of business activities including General and Specified Business, Creative, Sporting, Legal, and Religious activities.

General Business activity:

Applicants may attend meetings, conferences, seminars, interviews; give a one-off or short series of talks and speeches provided these are not organised as commercial events and will not make a profit for the organiser; negotiate and sign deals and contracts; attend trade fairs, for promotional work only, provided the visitor is not directly selling;carry out site visits and inspections; gather information for their employment overseas;be briefed on the requirements of a UK based customer, provided any work for the customer is done outside of the UK; advise and consult;trouble-shoot;share skills and knowledge; on a specific internal project with UK employees of the same corporate group, provided no work is carried out directly with clients.

Specific Business activity:

Prospective Entrepreneurs
Prospective entrepreneurs who have support from registered and FSA regulated venture capitalist firms, listed seeding funds or UK Government Department may come to the UK for discussions to secure funding from one of the above sources which they intend to use to join, set up or take over a business in the UK.

Manufacturers and suppliers of goods to the UK
An employee of a foreign manufacturer or supplier may install, dismantle, repair, service or advise on equipment, computer software or hardware where it has a contract of purchase or supply or lease with a UK company or organisation.

Clients of UK export companies
A client of a UK export company may be seconded to the UK Company in order to oversee the requirements for goods and services that are being provided under contract by the UK company or its subsidiary company, provided the two companies are not part of the same group. Employees may exceptionally make multiple visits to cover the duration of the contract.


Overseas roles requiring specific activities in the UK
Applicants employed outside the UK may visit the UK to take part in a number of activities in relation to their employment overseas such as bodyguard, interpreting, journalism, film production and other services.



Applicants who are Artist, entertainers or musicians may give performances, participate in auditions, competitions, take part in personal or promotional activities, participate in cultural or specified festivals and be accompanied by technical staff.



Sportspersons may take part in individual or team tournaments; take part in personal or promotional activities, participate in specified trials or periods of training and be accompanied by technical staff.


Overseas lawyers may advise a UK based client(s) on specific international litigation and/or

an international transaction and expert or other summoned witness may visit the UK to give evidence in a UK court.


Religious workers may visit the UK to preach or do pastoral work.


Visit (Standard) Business visa holders may also

undertake tourism and leisure
volunteer for a UK Registered charity
study (providing this is incidental lasts no more than 30 days)
Visit (Standard) Business Applicants are not permitted to

undertake employment or do work which amounts to filling a role or providing short-term cover for a role within a UK based organisation.
receive payment from a UK source for any activities undertaken in the UK except in limited circumstances
undertake more than 30 days’ non-incidental study in the UK.
The Applicant must not intend to access medical treatment other than private medical treatment or to donate an organ
Visit (Standard) Business Applicants and any dependants must demonstrate sufficient funds to cover the all costs associated with the visit either personally or via third parties, without recourse to public funds.


A Visit (Standard) Business visa allows an Applicant to stay in the UK for up to 6 months during its validity.


Our experienced lawyers can help Applicants:

Make an initial application
Challenge decisions by way of Administrative Review or other appeal process
We will assist by:
Obtaining the complete facts of a case
collecting relevant documents
advising the best solutions
preparing the application (including completion of forms)
preparing covering submissions
submitting the application(s) to the relevant authority
communicating with the relevant authority until a decision is made
advising about rights and entitlements following a decision
providing follow up support and services

DESCARTES SOLICITORS is recognised as one of the leading multi-practice firms in the UK. Our specialist immigration team works closely with individuals, companies and prospective entrepreneurs and investors to apply for a Visit (Standard) Business Visa. Please contact our lawyers on 0208 995 3556/0844 556 9901 or e-mail


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