Visiting the UK for business

We regularly advise employers and individuals on whether intended UK business activities are permissible as a visitor.

Visitors in the UK are not allowed to work and it can be confusing when trying to decipher what is and is not classified as work.  The UK has a prescribed list of permitted business visitor activities which should be strictly followed.

In recent years, Kingsley Napley has played a key role in advising on the re-design of the visitor rules. We have also successfully lobbied for more sensible rules for lawyers travelling to the UK to advise their clients and for external corporate trainers.

Where entry to the UK as a visitor goes wrong or someone is in the UK working without permission, this can lead to problems for the individual and the employer.

Among many others, there are permitted types of business activity for intra-corporate group transfers, auditors, training, sports people and scientists.  There is also an exemption for permitted paid engagements for professionals in the arts, entertainment, music and sporting sectors as well as academics, and lawyers providing advocacy.

We can review the circumstances and facts of your intended visit and provide pragmatic advice on the best route of entry to the UK.  Even where the intended business activity is permissible as a visitor, applicants from some countries will need to apply for a prior visitor visa before entering the UK and we can assist with such applications.  Where a prior visa is not required there may still be issues to contend with such as a negative immigration history and we can assist with letters in support to smooth entry to the UK.

Where the intended business activities amount to working in the UK, we can for example assist with a Skilled Worker or Temporary Worker application.

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