A UK Business Visitor visa, also known as a Standard Visitor visa allows you to visit the UK for business activities for a short period of time (6 months).
To make a successful UK Business Visitor visa application, you must meet all the Standard Visitor visa requirements and submit all the supporting documents.
If you need legal advice or help with your UK Business Visitor visa application, our experienced immigration lawyer can provide you with the help you need.
Table of Contents
- What is a UK Business Visitor visa?
- Requirements for a Business Visitor visa UK?
- Documents required for a UK Business Visitor visa
- UK tourist visa processing time
- UK Visitor visa fees
- Immigration lawyer for the UK tourist visa
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Need legal advice or help from an immigration lawyer?
What is a UK Business Visitor visa?
A UK Business Visitor Visa is a type of visa that allows individuals to travel to the United Kingdom for a short-term period for business-related activities. It is available to non-EEA nationals who wish to visit the UK for business purposes, such as attending meetings, conferences, training sessions or undertaking fact-finding missions.
The Business Visitor Visa is generally issued for a period of up to 6 months, although it can be granted for longer periods in some circumstances. It is a popular visa for professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors who need to visit the UK to establish business relationships or explore business opportunities.
Requirements for a Business Visitor visa UK?
To apply for a UK Business Visitor Visa, applicants need to demonstrate that they are genuinely visiting the UK for business purposes, that they have sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay in the UK, and that they intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit.
Here are the main requirements for a UK Business Visitor visa:
- Purpose of visit: You must be visiting the UK for business purposes, such as attending meetings, conferences, or other permitted business activities.
- Length of stay: The maximum length of stay is up to 6 months.
- Financial support: You must demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in the UK. This can include funds for accommodation, food, and travel.
- Accommodation: You must have suitable accommodation to stay during your visit.
- Intention to return: You must show that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your visit.
You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements depending on type of application and your personal circumstances. Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.
What documents are required for a UK Business Visitor visa?
To apply for a UK Standard Visitor Visa for business purposes, you will need to provide the following documents:
- A completed visa application form.
- A valid passport or travel document.
- A recent passport-sized photograph.
- Your travel itinerary, including flight details.
- Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself during your visit, such as bank statements or payslips.
- A letter of invitation from your UK business partner, on their company letterhead, stating the purpose and duration of the visit, who will be responsible for costs and confirming arrangements for accommodation and travel.
- Depending on your circumstances, you may also need to provide additional documents, such as proof of employment or business ownership, evidence of previous travel, or a criminal record check.
This is a general list of documents. Depending on type of application and your personal circumstances, you might also need to provide additional documents.
Please contact us for an initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and find out the required list of documents in support of your application.
UK tourist visa processing time
The processing time for a UK Student Visitor visa can vary depending on the country where the application is made and the time of year.
Generally, the Home Office (UKVI) aims to process most visitor visa applications within 3 weeks. However, some applications may take longer to process, especially if they require additional administrative processing or if the applicant has a complex case.
UK Visitor visa fees
The fee for a UK Visitor visa can vary depending on the type of visa and the length of stay. You can also find the latest UK visitor visa fees on the GOV website.
|Type||Fee||Maximum length of stay|
|Standard Visitor visa||£120||6 Months|
|Standard Visitor visa for medical reasons||£200||11 Months|
|Standard Visitor visa for academics||£200||12 Months|
|2 year long-term Standard Visitor visa||£400||6 months per visit|
|5 year long-term Standard Visitor visa||£804||6 months per visit|
|10 year long-term Standard Visitor visa||£1004||6 months per visit|
How much does a UK visitor visa application cost?
The cost of a UK Visitor visa application varies depending on the type of application you are applying for and lenght of the stay.
Here are some common costs associated with applying for a UK Visitor visa:
- £120 Standard Visitor visa application fee
- Immigration lawyer fees (if using legal services to boost your chances of success & avoid mistakes)
Please note that the above is a general list of costs associated with UK Visitors visa applications. There may be additional costs depending on your circumstances.
Immigration lawyer fees
Our expert UK immigration lawyer will guide you through every step of the UK Visitor visa application process including advice about legal requirements and eligibility criteria.
At Rex Law Chambers, our immigration lawyer charges a fixed fee between £800-£1000 for our complete legal services in relation to your Visitor visa application. The agreed fixed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
Immigration lawyer for the UK tourist visa
As part of our immigration services for your immigration application, our expert immigration lawyer will:
- advise you about eligibility criteria and the requirement;
- provide you with a comprehensive checklist of supporting documents;
- fill in and submit your Visitor visa application;
- check all the supporting documents;
- upload all the supporting documents online in their correct format and order;
- schedule your biometrics appointments;
- prepare a cover letter or letter of representation to support your application;
- dealing and responding to any enquiries or correspondence from the Home Office (UKVI);
- do all the follow-up work on your visa application until a decision is received from the Home Office (UKVI).
Contact our experienced and friendly immigration lawyer on 0161 989 9370 or fill in our enquiry form to get reliable & confidential immigration advice and legal assistance with a UK Visitor visa application or any other immigration matter.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Here are some commonly asked questions about UK visitor visas:
In most cases, it is not possible to switch from a UK Visitor visa to another type of visa from within the UK. The UK government's immigration rules state that visitors are not allowed to switch to another immigration category from within the UK unless they have specifically been granted permission to do so.
There is no specific minimum bank balance required for a UK Visitor visa. However, applicants are required to provide evidence of their financial status and ability to support themselves during their stay in the UK.
The amount of money required can vary depending on the purpose and length of the visit, as well as the applicant's personal circumstances.
As a general guideline, applicants should have enough funds to cover their travel and accommodation expenses, as well as their daily living expenses during their stay in the UK.
UK Immigration law is an extremely fast-changing and complex area of law. There are high chances of getting a visa refusal if you are not fully aware of relevant immigration law(s) and eligibility criteria.
Most of the applicants seek professional legal help with their UK Standard Visitor visa applications from highly experienced immigration lawyers to boost their chances of success. A well-prepared application can significantly increase your chances of success.