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Business Visitor

A Business Visitor is distinct from a General Visitor, because a Business Visitor comes to the UK specifically for business-related purposes rather than just tourism. Someone who comes from a non-visa national country can come to the UK as a Business Visitor without first obtaining a visa, but someone who comes from a visa national country must obtain a visa before they come to the UK. However, a non-visa national is still entitled to apply for a visa, and they might wish to do so in order facilitate easy entry into the UK. 

The range of activities allowed on a Business Visitor visa is strictly limited. The visa holder is not allowed to substantially work in the UK but they are allowed, for example, to attend meetings, conferences or interviews; negotiate and sign contracts; provide one-off training; or speak at a business conference. If the applicant wishes to carry out substantial work in the UK they must apply for a working visa.

A business visit can be for a very maximum of six months. 

There is no English language requirement for Business Visitors and dependants cannot be included in the application.

To find out more about the above, you are welcome to call us on 020 8566 5522 for a preliminary informal discussion of your matter. We may ask you to send us further information about your matter either by fax on 020 8566 5511 or by email at so that we may get a fuller picture of your circumstances.

After this initial discussion, you may wish to book an appointment for a full consultation via SKYPE or ideally at our offices located at 7 Central Chambers, The Broadway, Ealing, W5 2NR. We are directly opposite Ealing Broadway tube and railway station.

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