Business Visitor Visa UK

If you want to enter the UK from Pakistan to attend business meetings, you can apply for a Business Visitor visa. To qualify for this visa, you must prove to the UK authorities that you intend to stay in the country for 6 months and carry out business-related activities.

For more information about Business Visit visa UK, its eligibility requirements, needed documents, or other services we offer, Total Law can help. Reach out to us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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    Visit UK for Business Purpose

    The economy of the United Kingdom is among the most robust globally. Due to its importance to the world economy, it is one of the most sought-after locations for business travellers.

    You must apply for a Business Visitor visa which is a category of the UK Standard Visitor visa to enter the UK and carry out short-term business-related activities that are not paid for. This visa is typically valid for up to 6 months and you can apply for the visa 3 months earlier.

    Pakistani citizens applying for a UK Business Visitor visa must prove that they can cater for their needs and those of their dependents while in the UK. Besides that, you must prove that you intend to leave the UK once your visa expires.

    Pakistani citizens holding a Business Visitor visa are not allowed to carry out a paid job for a UK company or as a self-employed individual while on the visit. However, you may be allowed to enter the UK for a permitted paid engagement if a UK organisation pays you as a professional in your line of work.

    Among several unpaid business-related activities you can carry out in the UK with this visa include, signing trade contracts or agreements, attending business meetings, arranging deals, etc. Before you are issued the Business Visitor visa, you must be eligible for it and also meet several requirements.

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    Eligibility Requirements for Business Visit Visa UK

    As a Pakistani citizen, you must meet the eligibility criteria for a UK Business Visit visa before you can apply for the visa. The eligibility criteria include:

    • Have plans to return to Pakistan once your visa expires. You may provide a round-trip flight ticket to prove this
    • Possess a valid Pakistani international passport or travel document. Your travel document must be valid throughout your stay period in the UK
    • Prove that you can cater for yourself during your stay in the UK or that you are being sponsored by your employer or a hosting company
    • Prove that your travel is for business purposes. To prove this, you can present an invitation letter from a UK company asking you to attend a business conference or meeting or other business-related activity
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    Required Documents for Business Visit Visa UK

    Pakistani citizens applying for a UK Business Visitor visa are required to provide several documents to support their visa application. Your situation largely determines the documents you need to include in your application. Generally, the UK Business Visitor visa documents you are required to provide include:

    • Valid Pakistani international passport or other travel documents
    • Evidence of sufficient funds. To prove this, you can provide your bank statements, payslips, etc.
    • Proof that you can pay for your onward and return flight tickets
    • Business certificate which stands as proof of your business as a self-employed individual
    • Details of the UK company or employer
    • Round-trip flight ticket. This stands to prove that you must leave the UK immediately after your Business Visitor visa expires
    • Proof of employment. To prove that you are employed, you must provide your employment letter or work contract which states your job description and salary
    • Proof of the activities you will engage in once you enter the UK, such as documents confirming your business-related activities, appointments, meetings, etc.
    • Information on your past ten years of travel, including any immigration records
    • Verification of legal residence, if you are applying from a nation that is not your home country
    • Evidence of having accommodation when you enter the UK

    Note that all your documents must be in English, therefore, if some of your documents are in foreign languages, you must engage the services of a certified translator to translate them into English. Also, ensure that all translated documents are notarised. Gathering all of these required documents can be overwhelming for you, our immigration lawyers at Total Law can help you to assemble all your documents.

    Our immigration lawyers understand how the UK immigration laws work and they can help analyse your situation and know how to kickstart your application for a UK Business Visitor visa to avoid unnecessary delays. Reach out to us on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online for immediate assistance.

    How to Apply for a UK Business Visit Visa from Pakistan?

    Pakistani citizens are required to apply for a UK Business Visitor visa online via the UK government’s website. Thereafter you may visit a visa application centre and submit your application in person. Pakistani citizens must apply for this visa following the below step-by-step guide:

    Be Eligible for the Visa

    There are several work and business visas you can choose from, therefore, you must select the Business Visitor visa for a short-term business-related activity in the UK. You must also ensure that you are eligible for the visa before you start your application.

    Our immigration lawyers at Total Law will help you assess your situation and know if you are eligible for a UK Business Visitor visa. Our immigration lawyers can also apply for this visa on your behalf and be by your side throughout the stages of your visa application process. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online for immediate assistance.

    Fill Out the Visa Application Form

    To start the application, you must first create an account on the website, if you haven’t done so previously. You are required to fill out the online application form on the UK government’s official visa and immigration website using English.

    The details you need to fill out must be correct; do not include any falsified information in your application form. The reason is that your visa may be rejected if the UK authorities find out that the provided details in your application form are different from the documents you presented.

    Upload the Required Documents

    To enter the UK via a Business Visitor visa, you are required to gather several documents at this stage of your application. You will be shown a full checklist of all the required documents on the application form. You need to upload the digital copies of the required documents.

    Pay the Visa Fee

    After entering all the required details on the visa application form, you can now pay the visa fee online on the website of the UK government using your credit or debit card.

    Submit Your Documents

    You may be required to visit a UK visa application centre in person to submit your biometric information (fingerprints and photographs). Besides that, you are required to go along with other required documents needed to support your application. If you submitted your biometric information to a UK visa application centre in the last 59 months, you may not be required to submit another one.

    Await a Decision

    Upon a successful application for the visa, you will be notified of where and when to come and pick it up.

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      Financial Requirement for Business Visit Visa

      Pakistani citizens who want to enter the UK on a Business Visitor visa must have enough finances to cater for their needs when they enter the country. You must cover costs such as travel, accommodation, maintenance, etc. without seeking public funds or working in the UK. Your business trip to the UK may be funded by a partner company in the UK, they can also support you financially throughout your business trip in the UK.

      English Language Requirement for Business Visit Visa

      The Business Visit visa UK requirements don’t specifically include the fulfilment of English language requirements by applicants. However, to be on the safer side, you need to prove your knowledge of the English language either by:

      • Having read a course taught in English and verified by ECCTIS to be equivalent to a PhD, master’s or bachelor’s degree
      • Completing a recognised English language exam and achieving at least a CEFR level A1 speaking and listening score

      Validity Period of Business Visit Visa

      The Business Visitor visa UK is typically valid for 6 months. However, you can apply for a long-term Visitor visa and stay in the UK for up to 2, 5, or 10 years if you visit the UK regularly for business purposes.

      It can allow you to enter the UK and stay for up to 6 months per visit. During the validity period of the visa, you may enter and leave the UK multiple times, unless you are only given an endorsement of a dual or single entry.

      Business Visit Visa Right to Work

      Pakistani citizens holding a UK Business Visitor visa are not allowed to work in the UK. In other words, business visitors are not permitted to work for a company or organisation in the UK, establish or manage a self-employed business, participate in an internship or work placement there, or engage in any other type of provision or sale of products or services in the UK.

      While in the UK, Pakistani business visitors are allowed to carry out remote work related to their employment abroad, such as taking phone calls or replying to emails. Nonetheless, you should be in the UK primarily to carry out an authorised activity, not so much to do remote work from the country.

      It is also legal for business visitors to travel to the UK to look for work and attend interviews. But if you are hired, you will have to go back to Pakistan and apply for the necessary entry clearance before you can start working.

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        Application Fees for Business Visit Visa

        When applying for a Business Visitor visa, Pakistani applicants are required to pay a £115 application fee for a 6-month short-term stay in the UK. But if you are applying for a long-term Standard Visitor visa for business purposes that will last for up to 2, 5, or 10 years, the application fee you must pay will be £400, £771, or £963 respectively.

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        Business Visit Visa Permitted Activities

        There are activities you are only permitted to carry out on a UK Business Visitor visa. They include:

        • Giving a non-profit one-off talk or short series, provided they are not commercial events
        • Going for site inspections and visits
        • Attend meetings, interviews, seminars, or conferences
        • Collecting information for employment abroad
        • Going to trade fairs only for promotional purposes, as long as direct sale isn’t involved
        • Receiving information about the needs of a UK-based client, as long as the work is completed for them outside the UK
        • Signing and negotiating contracts and agreements

        As a worker for a foreign company, you are additionally permitted to engage in the following intra-corporate or corporate business activities:

        • Providing UK staff of the same business group with skills and knowledge for a particular internal project, as long as no work is done directly with clients
        • Working as an internal auditor for a UK branch of a company in the same group as the foreign employer, conducting financial or regulatory audits
        • Providing training, consulting, troubleshooting, or advising

        A Standard Visitor visa also allows for certain additional sector-specific activities, such as getting money to establish, take over, join, or operate a business in the UK; but, it does not allow for the actual establishment or operation of a business.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        You must ensure you qualify for the Business Visitor visa even before you kick-start your application. Besides that, you are required to cover the Business Visit visa UK cost or have your company or a third-party organisation cover that for you.

        The application process for this visa is typically rigorous and could be overwhelming for you if you are applying for the first time. It’s best to seek guidance from one of our immigration lawyers at Total Law to help you throughout the application process.

        Our immigration lawyers can help you gather your documents, and advise you on the complex rules and policies of the Home Office. Our immigration lawyers can also apply for the visa on your behalf to ensure you file a solid application. Call us today on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or contact us online for immediate response.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  Although there isn’t a set amount required, you should normally be able to pay for your entire trip budget as well as the UK visa fees. You can demonstrate this by presenting bank statements or proving that you have a company or an individual who will sponsor your trip.

                  A Visit visa is used to enter the UK for tourism, to visit family members, etc. Whereas a Business visa permits a Pakistani citizen to enter the UK and carry out business-related activities.

                  The UK Business Visitor visa processing time could be up to 3 weeks.