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UK Business Visas for Algerians

If you’re an Algerian intending to enter the United Kingdom for short or long-term business-related activities, you must apply for a UK business visa.

For more information on UK business visas, including finding the right one for your travel needs and how to apply, speak with one of our experienced immigration lawyers at +44 (0)333 305 9375. We’re available to help you on the phone, in person, or online.

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    Introduction to UK Business Visas for Algerians

    The UK has a range of business visas for Algerian professionals and entrepreneurs seeking to engage in business activities within the country.

    These visas grant you the legal authorisation to attend business meetings, conferences, and negotiations, explore investment opportunities, and establish partnerships in the UK.

    The business visa you should apply for will depend on your intended business activity. You should also consider your planned duration of stay, as there are short and long-term business visas in the UK.

    Each business visa has specific eligibility requirements you must meet before you can submit an application. You’ll also be required to prepare specific supporting documents to add to your application.

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    Understanding the UK Business Visa Application Process

    Once you’ve determined the business visa category that meets your travel needs and you’ve prepared your supporting documents, visit the UK government website to begin your application.

    You will be required to fill out the online application form and submit it along with your supporting documents. Then, pay a non-refundable visa application fee.

    During your online application, you will be told if you need to attend a physical appointment at a UK embassy or visa application centre (VAC). At your appointment, you will be required to submit your biometric data and answer some questions regarding your application.

    The Home Office will take some time to decide on your application and will reach out to you with a decision.

    Eligibility Criteria for UK Business Visas

    There are specific eligibility requirements for each UK business visa type. However, here are some of the general requirements you must fulfil to qualify for a visa:

    • Be at least 18 years old
    • Prove that you can support yourself during your stay in the UK or that someone else will sponsor you
    • Have enough money to pay or show that someone else will pay for your return trip to your home country at the expiration of your visa
    • Show proof of adequate knowledge of the English language, if applicable
    • Have a clean criminal record
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    Types of UK Business Visas

    The different types of business visas available to Algerians include:

    • Business Visitor Visa
    • Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visa
    • Global Talent Visa
    • Innovator Founder Visa
    • Global Business Mobility Visas

    Business Visitor Visa

    The Business Visitor Visa is a Standard Visitor Visa that allows you to visit the UK on a short-term basis to conduct certain business activities.

    These activities include:

    • Attending interviews, meetings, conferences, and seminars
    • Negotiating and signing deals and contracts
    • Attending trade fairs to promote your business. However, you must not make any sales
    • Partaking in work-related training that is not available in your home country
    • Giving off a one-off or short series of talks, as long as they’re not for profit or a commercial event
    • Conducting site visits and inspections
    • Monitoring the delivery of goods and services provided by a UK company to your overseas company
    • Delivering training or sharing knowledge on internal projects with your company’s UK-based employees
    • Installing, dismantling, repairing, servicing, or advising on equipment, computer software and hardware based on a contract with a UK-based organisation

    To be eligible for a Business Visitor Visa, you must meet all the requirements for the Standard Visitor Visa, including proving that:

    • You will leave the UK at the end of your visit
    • You can support yourself throughout your stay in the UK or have a sponsor capable of supporting you
    • You will not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits or make the UK your main home

    During the application process, you’ll have the option of selecting either a short-term or a long-term visit visa. The long-term visitor visas are valid for 2 to 10 years and are ideal if you frequently visit the UK. However, note that the duration of each stay is limited to a maximum of six months.

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      Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

      If you are a professional in your field and intend to engage in a paid short-term business activity, the Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visa might be appropriate for you.

      This visa permits you to enter the UK for up to one month based on an invitation from a UK-based organisation to participate in a business activity that aligns with your profession.

      You are eligible to apply for the Permitted Paid Engagement Visa as:

      • A professional artist, entertainer or musician
      • A professional sportsperson
      • A qualified lawyer representing a UK-based client
      • An individual giving a lecture or series of lectures
      • An academic examiner or assessor
      • As an air pilot examiner

      To apply for the visa, you must demonstrate that:

      • You are an established professional in your field in your home country
      • A UK-based client has formally invited you to a pre-arranged permitted engagement
      • The engagement is in line with your expertise, qualifications, and main job in your home country
      • You are visiting the UK for at most 1 month and will leave the UK at the end of your visit
      • You will not reside in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, nor make the UK your main home

      Innovator Founder Visa

      If you are an Algerian entrepreneur with an innovative business idea, you can apply for the Innovator Founder Visa and set up your business in the UK.

      To be eligible for this visa, you must meet the following requirements:

      • You must have an innovative idea different from anything else in the market
      • Your business must be new and not already trading
      • You must provide evidence that your business is viable and has the potential for growth
      • You must prove that your business is scalable by providing a business plan that details how it will create jobs and grow into national and international markets
      • Your business or business idea must be approved by a UK endorsing body as an innovative business

      While on this visa, you can run your business, set up and run other businesses, and take up paid employment under the list of eligible skilled jobs.

      Note that you will be required to meet with your endorsing body after 12 and 24 months of being in the UK to report on the progress of your business.

      Furthermore, the Innovator Founder Visa is valid for 3 years. You can extend it for another 3 years or apply for indefinite leave to remain when your visa expires.

      Global Talent Visa

      The Global Talent Visa is designed for individuals identified as leaders (exceptional promise) and potential leaders (exceptional talent) in academia or research, arts and culture, and digital technology.

      To be considered for the Global Talent Visa, you must have successfully applied for an endorsement from a UK-approved endorsing body to prove you are a leader or potential leader in your field. However, if you can prove you have won an eligible award in your field, you can apply for the visa without an endorsement.

      The Global Talent Visa is a long-term visa that allows you to live and work in the UK for up to 5 years. During this time, you can work as an employee, a self-employed person, or a company director.

      When your visa expires, you can extend it to any duration between 1 and 5 years. Alternatively, you can apply to settle permanently after 3 (if you’re a leader) or 5 years (if you’re a potential leader) of living in the UK.

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        Global Business Mobility Visas

        Overview

        The Global Business Mobility visas are a category of business visas specifically designed to help foreign organisations expand their presence in the UK.

        If you are a business owner, you can leverage these visas to transfer your employees from Algeria to conduct business or establish a branch of your company in the UK.

        There are five visas under the Global Business Mobility route, and they include:

        • Senior or Specialist Worker Visa
        • Graduate Trainee Visa
        • UK Expansion Worker Visa
        • Secondment Worker Visa
        • Service Supplier Visa

        Senior or Specialist Worker Visa

        The Senior or Specialist Worker Visa is designed for foreign nationals sent to work at the UK branch of their overseas organisation. To qualify for this visa, you must:

        • Have worked for your employer outside the UK and not be a new employee
        • Have a valid certificate of sponsorship from your employer
        • Do a job that’s on the list of eligible occupations
        • Be paid at least £45,800 per year or the ‘going rate’ for your job, whichever is higher

        The duration of your stay in the UK on this visa will be determined by your income. If your annual income is below £73,900, you can remain for up to 5 years within any 6-year period. However, if your income is £73,900 or higher, you can stay for up to 9 years within any 10-year period.

        The Senior or Specialist Visa does not provide a pathway to permanent settlement. Upon expiration of your visa, you must return to your home country.

        Graduate Trainee Visa

        The Graduate Trainee Visa is designed for employees undergoing a graduate training program for a managerial or specialist role.

        To be eligible for this visa, you must:

        • Have worked for your foreign employer outside the UK for at least 3 months
        • Earn at least £24,220 per year

        You can live in the UK for up to 12 months on the Graduate Trainee Visa but cannot extend your visa when it expires.

        UK Expansion Worker Visa

        If you work for an organisation as a senior manager or specialist employee, you can enter the UK to set up a branch of your business. To qualify for this visa:

        • Your business must not yet be trading in the UK
        • You must earn at least £45,800 per year or the ‘going rate’ for your job, whichever is higher

        The UK Expansion Worker Visa is valid for up to 2 years and is not a pathway to settlement

        Secondment Worker Visa

        If your employer transfers you to the UK for a job as part of a high-value contract with a UK organisation, you might be eligible for the Secondment Worker Visa.

        To qualify for this visa:

        • The contract must be worth at least £50 million
        • You must have worked for your employer for at least 12 months before applying for this visa

        If your application is successful, you can live in the UK for up to 2 years

        Service Supplier Visa

        The Service Supplier Visa will allow you to enter the UK to provide a service under a contract covered by a valid international trade agreement. To qualify for this visa, you must:

        • Be an employee of an overseas business or a self-employed service provider based overseas
        • Have the relevant qualifications and experience to conduct the job

        Depending on your trade agreement, you will be able to live in the UK for 6 or 12 months

        Documents Required for UK Business Visas

        Each UK business visa route has specific documents you must submit along with your application.

        However, here are some of the general documents you should have:

        • A valid passport or travel document
        • Details of your job or business activity
        • Your certificate of sponsorship reference number
        • Details of your employer and their sponsor licence number
        • If self-employed, business/company registration certificate and letter
        • Police clearance certificate
        • Bank statements proving you have enough money to support yourself in the UK
        • Proof that you meet the English language requirement

        UK Visa Fees for Applicants

        Here’s a breakdown of the application fees for the UK business visas:

        Visa Type Fee
        Business Visitor £115
        Permitted Paid Engagement £115
        Global Talent £716
        Innovator Founder £1,191
        Senior or Specialist Worker £719 for a stay of 3 years or less
        £1,420 for over 3 years
        Other Global Business Mobility Visas £298

        Depending on your visa category, you might also pay an immigration health surcharge of £1,035 per year.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        Our experienced team of immigration lawyers at Total Law can help you relocate to the UK with a business visa. We are experts in UK immigration law and have helped several individuals with their business visa applications.

        Our lawyers will assess your circumstances and determine which specific business visa suits your needs. We’ll assist you in completing and organising all necessary documentation and guide you through the application submission process.

        For assistance with your UK visa application or to speak with one of our immigration advisors, please call +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  You should get a decision on your business visa application within 3 weeks.

                  If you’re applying for a long-term business visa, you might be able to bring your spouse and dependent children with you.