UK Business Visit Visa: New Permitted Work Related Activities

On December 7, 2023, the UK Government introduced a statement of changes to immigration rules, ushering in a new era of flexibility for visitors engaging in work-related activities. Effective from January 31, 2024, these changes aim to enhance short-term mobility, particularly for those involved in business activities. In this article, we delve into the key amendments and shed light on how these modifications create opportunities for new permitted work-related activities.

Intra-corporate Activities

The scope of permitted business activities for overseas employees working within the same corporate group has been expanded. Previously restricted to specific internal projects with UK employees, the changes now allow individuals to work directly with clients, provided certain conditions are met. Our expert Immigration Solicitors can guide you through the intricacies of these amendments, ensuring compliance and successful navigation of the intra-corporate landscape.

Working Remotely

The updated rules explicitly state that visitors can work remotely while in the UK, as long as it is not the primary purpose of their visit. This clarification provides additional flexibility, but it is essential to understand the nuances. Our London Immigration Law Firm can provide comprehensive advice on remote working provisions, ensuring that your activities align with the regulations.

Aviation Crew

Pilots and cabin crew members can now work temporarily in the UK under the Civil Aviation Authority approved Wet Lease Agreement between March and October. This adjustment formalises a previously existing concession, offering clarity for those involved in the aviation industry. Our specialist Immigration team can assist flight crew members in navigating these changes seamlessly.

Wider Scope for Scientists, Academics, and Researchers

The scope for scientists, researchers, and certain academics has been expanded, allowing them to participate in formal exchange arrangements with UK counterparts. This change opens new avenues for collaboration and research during visits. Our leading London Law Firm can provide tailored advice to ensure that your specific situation aligns with the revised regulations.

Legal Professionals Update

A significant expansion of permitted activities for legal professionals is now in effect. Overseas lawyers can now provide a range of legal services while visiting the UK, including conferences, teaching, and transactional legal services. Our expert Immigration Solicitors can guide legal professionals through these changes, ensuring compliance with the amended regulations.

Permitted Paid Engagements

The inclusion of conference speakers in the Permitted Paid Engagements (“PPE”) list is a welcomed change, enabling them to receive payment from a UK source. Our London Immigration Law Firm can assist speakers in understanding and navigating the intricacies of the amended PPE provisions, facilitating a smooth entry process.


The recent changes to the UK immigration rules signify a positive step towards creating a more accessible and attractive environment for those engaging in work-related activities. As further announcements are expected throughout the year, staying informed and seeking expert advice from our Immigration Law Firm can be instrumental in maximising the opportunities presented by these amendments.

Why Choose Our Leading London Law Firm?

Navigating the intricacies of the new permitted work-related activities requires expert guidance. Our leading Law Firm and specialist Immigration Solicitors offer a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the evolving immigration landscape. By instructing our team, you ensure meticulous preparation and submission of your business visitor visa application.

At DJF Solicitors, our team of specialist London immigration lawyers will always act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meetings, we will be able to advise you in respect of your prospects of submitting a visa application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a visa application and are able to advise you in respect of your prospects and to ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our expert London Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation to discuss your visa application.

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