UK Business Visa

Business Visa is a certificate issued by the UK missions abroad for persons who can contribute to the British economy. Business Visa gives you permission to enter the country for starting a new business, investing or becoming self employed. On the expiry of the visa, the person concerned has to leave the country.

Today there are number of Business visas and schemes and some of them are:

  1. Tier 1 Investor visa.
  2. Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa.
  3. European Union Association Agreement

1) Tier 1 Investor visa:-

This visa is designed for those who want to invest money in UK interests.

Eligibility Criteria for Tier 1 Business Visa

A prospective person for Tier 1 Business Visa must have 1 million pound out of which he must be willing to deposit 7,50,000 pounds in unit trusts or in private companies only. He should also meet the English language ability requirements and not employed in any of the companies.

How to Apply for Tier 1 Business Visa

Interested person can apply for a business visa either through post, courier, in person or online. If one wants to do it in person, one can get the application form free of cost from Visa Application Centers (VAC) set up throughout the world to make it more convenient for people to apply for a UK visa. These VACs will forward your application to the UK mission in that country which will then decide whether to give the visa.

Reasons for Rejection of Tier 1 visa

Prospective persons can be denied visa if they give wrong information or don’t have a degree taught in English. They can also be denied visa if they are unable to score 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Length of Stay and Extension

 Normally, the duration of a business visa is not more than 3 years. However, business visa can be extended in cases where the prospective person has a decrease in the value of his investments depending on the market fluctuation.
The person can also apply for an extension which is issued for two years. After the expiry of this the person can switch to Indefinite Leave to Remain which is known as the Permanent Residency and can be taken after 5 years in UK. Once a person got this visa partners and dependent children can also join to them and are free to join school and do their work.

2) Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa:-

This visa is designed for those who want to start a new business in UK.

Eligibility Criteria for Tier 1 Entrepreneur Business Visa

A prospective person for Tier 1 Business Visa must have sufficient amount of money to start a new business and maintain it until the business becomes profitable. He should also meet the English language ability requirements and must have a well satisfied business plan.

How to Apply for Tier 1 Entrepreneur Business Visa

Interested person can apply for a business visa either through post, courier, in person or online. If one wants to do it in person, one can get the application form free of cost from Visa Application Centers (VAC) set up throughout the world to make it more convenient for people to apply for a UK visa. These VACs will forward your application to the UK mission in that country which will then decide whether to give the visa.

Reasons for Rejection of Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa

Prospective persons can be denied visa if they give wrong information or don’t have a degree taught in English. They can also be denied visa if they are unable to score 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Length of Stay and Extension

 Normally, the duration of a business visa is not more than 2 years. However, business visa can be extended in cases where the prospective person got the profit in the business depending on the market fluctuation. The person can also apply for an extension which is issued for three years. After the expiry of this the person can switch to Indefinite Leave to Remain which is known as the Permanent Residency and can be taken after 5 years in UK. Once a person got this visa partners and dependent children can also join to them and are free to join school and do their work.

3) European Union Association Agreement:-

This visa is designed for the citizens of Bulgaria and Romania who wants to come to UK for starting a new business.

Eligibility Criteria for Tier 1 Business Visa

A prospective person for Tier 1 Business Visa must have 1 million pound out of which he must be willing to deposit 7,50,000 pounds in unit trusts or in private companies only. He should also meet the English language ability requirements and not employed in any of the companies.

How to Apply for Tier 1 Business Visa

Interested person can apply for a business visa either through post, courier, in person or online. If one wants to do it in person, one can get the application form free of cost from Visa Application Centers (VAC) set up throughout the world to make it more convenient for people to apply for a UK visa. These VAC’s will forward your application to the UK mission in that country which will then decide whether to give the visa.

Reasons for Rejection of Tier 1 visa

Prospective persons can be denied visa if they give wrong information or don’t have a degree taught in English. They can also be denied visa if they are unable to score 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Length of Stay and Extension

 Normally, the duration of a business visa is not more than 3 years. However, business visa can be extended in cases where the prospective person has a decrease in the value of his investments depending on the market fluctuation.
The person can also apply for an extension which is issued for two years. After the expiry of this the person can switch to Indefinite Leave to Remain which is known as the Permanent Residency and can be taken after 5 years in UK. Once a person got this visa partners and dependent children can also join to them and are free to join school and do their work.

Business visitor visa:-

There is one more visa known as the Business visitor visa which is designed for those who are employed in abroad but wants to visit UK for short period of time for business related activities.

This type of visa is only given to the people like film crews, representatives of news media, academic visitors, professors, advisors, consultants, trouble shooters, persons who wants to attend meetings or conferences, journalists, interpreters or translators.

Normally the duration of this visa is not more than six months but if a person regularly visits the UK then he can apply for this visa for one, two, five or ten years. After applying for this visa the person can visit UK regularly but on each visit he can stay in UK for six months only.