USA and the UK
UK business visitor visa for US citizens
If you plan on entering the UK for a short period on business and are a non-EEA or Swiss national, you may need a Business Visitor Visa UK. This type of UK short-term visa comes under the Standard Visitor Visa category and can be used if you are self-employed or working as an employee.
The UK Business Visitor Visa is different from the points-based Tier 1 Entrepreneur or Investor Visa. You are only allowed to enter for a short period of time and can only conduct certain types of business activity. The Business Visitor Visa can be granted for up to six months. If you are intending to visit as an academic business visitor, you may be able to visit for up to 12 months.
As a US citizen, you will not need a Business Visitor Visa for most business activities such as conferences or meetings in the UK as long as your stay is for less than six months. To work in any capacity in the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 5 or Tier 2 Work Visa.
What is a Business Visit Visa for US citizens?
To be eligible to apply for a UK Business Visitor Visa you will need to be over 18 and want to visit the UK only for business purposes. Your stay must also only be for up to six months (or 12 for academic business visitors).
This application is based on the expectation that the applicant will be carrying out ‘permissible activity’ while in the UK. This could include acting as a news correspondent or engaging in any organized religious preaching or pastoral work. If applying for this visa category, you must be able to provide the relevant evidence of your activities to the Entry Clearance Office.
Business Visitor Visa requirements for American citizens
Before you apply for a UK visitor visa from US, you must make sure that you meet the following requirements:
- You must be able to demonstrate your willingness to leave the UK at the end of your visit
- You can support yourself an any dependents financially for the entire duration of your trip
- You can pay for any costs relating to your visit, including the return journey
- You have valid proof of any business activities you are going to perform once in the UK
How to apply for a Visitor visa from the US?
You can submit your application online. Once you have paid the application fee, you must book an appointment at your nearest visa application centre. Here, you will have your fingerprints and photograph taken.
You must also submit a bundle of supporting documents along with your application forms. If you fail to provide adequate documentation about your trip to the UK, your application may be rejected. For this reason, we recommend seeking the help of an expert US immigration attorney.
How can IAS help me visit the UK?
With our service, your lawyer will discuss with you your intentions for your visit to determine if this short-term visa UK is for you. If you are eligible, your lawyer can complete your application forms in full and gather your supporting evidence. You will also be provided with a Letter of Representation for your application. This is a detailed legal document which cites your supporting evidence and relevant UK case law to strengthen your case.
Get in touch today on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to receive professional advice from the expert immigration lawyers at IAS.
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There is a possibility for an extension on the UK Business Visitor Visa.
This will, however, rely on your initial visa having not been granted for the full six months. The overall time length allowed for this type of visa is a maximum of six months.
To get Entry Clearance on this type of short-term UK visa, you must be genuinely entering the country to conduct business. This must be for a maximum of six months (12 for academic business visitors). You must also leave the UK before your leave has ended. Another requirement is sufficient maintenance funds and evidence of adequate accommodation. You must also be able to show that you can afford your journey to and from the UK.
There is not presently any right of appeal for a refused UK short-term visa for business visitors.
The only way to appeal would be a Judicial Review in High Court.
Because there is no right of appeal again a Business Visitor Visa refusal, this application must be done right the first time. IAS hosts a team of lawyers with extensive experience in apply for all types of UK short-term visas, including the UK Business Visitor Visa.
With our service, we can assist by:
- Ensuring that you have sufficient, relevant evidence before submitting your application;
- Taking instructions on your proposed activities and confirming that they are eligible;
- Managing all contact with the Entry Clearance Office during the process;
- Producing a detailed Letter of Representation to be submitted with your application in support of your case;
- Filling your application forms in for you to the highest possible standard.
Get in touch now on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry to speak with a professional immigration adviser to learn more about your Business Visitor Visa UK application.