The business visitor category is for people who want to come and do business in the UK for a short time. Business visitors coming to the UK may include academic visitors, visiting professors, teachers accompanying students, film crews and representatives of overseas news media. You can apply for UK Business Visa if you wish to come to the UK for business purposes
The Immigration Team at Lexlaw were recently instructed to represent a client, who is currently working for a National Broadcasting Company as a Producer. Our client wished to apply for entry clearance in the UK as a business visitor with a view to making multiple visits. Our client had the option of making a visa application in which he could apply for a visa which would last for 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 5 years or 10 years. In this case it was suitable to apply for a 2 year multi visit visa due to the nature of his visit to the UK. Our client was subsequently granted his 2 year multi visit visa. Our Immigration Team duly prepared our client’s application with the requisite supporting documents and made detailed representation in preparation for the client to make his visa application out of country.
Types of UK Business Visitor visas
There are 3 types of Business Visitor visa:
- Business Visitor visa
This visa is for people coming to the UK to carry out permitted activities relating to their job which is based outside of the UK;
- Academic visitor
This visa is for academic visitors – eg academics on sabbatical, doing research or accompanying students on a study abroad programme; and
- Doctors and dentists
This visa is for doctors and dentists undertaking clinical attachments or clinical observer posts, or taking the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) test.
Home Office: Processing Visa Applications & UK Visa Priority Service
The Home Office released information on their website, stating that they aim to process 90% of visit visas within 15 working days with some applications processed within 7 days. They have also stated that in 2013, 96% of visit visa applications from Chinese nationals were successful.
Chinese nationals who are applying for a general visitor visa and have evidence of compliant travel to the UK, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or Schengen Countries within the last 5 years can take advantage of the Home Office’s Priority scheme. This a popular service which allows Chinese applicants to have their applications processed within 3-5 working days. In July 2013 alone, 11,000 people used the service.
Successful UK Business Visitor Visas
Our team of experienced and professionally qualified immigration solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of making an application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of law.
We also undertake a great deal of appeal work before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and have a successful track record of successful results for our clients. We have the experience and the knowledge required to take your case forward successfully. If you have had an application refused, contact us to discuss your case so that we can provide you with a case assessment.
Contact us so that we can review your case and provide you with an assessment.