If you are planning to move to the UK to work, you must get your
work permit before arriving in the UK. You cannot apply for a work
permit yourself, a UK employer must arrange this for you. There
are exceptions, such as the Highly
Skilled Migrant Worker Program. Spouses of persons granted
residence in Britain are not usually subject to employment restrictions
but do require entry clearance. If you are here on a fiance visa,
you are not allowed to work. If you are here on a leave
to remain visa because of marriage to a British citizen,
you can work.
You may also want to consult theWork Permitwebsite which has a wealth of information
and application forms.
If you require further help, why not ask in the forum's Immigration
section of this website? The users on the forum have been through
what you are going through and answer your questions very quickly
and in a friendly manner.
- Work Permits
I do business in the United Kingdom as a visitor?
as a visitor you may do business that is directly linked to your
employment or business abroad. You must not do work which you would
need a work permit for. You should get your salary from abroad but
you may receive reasonable expenses from sources in the United Kingdom
to cover travel and living expenses.
type of business can I do in the United Kingdom?
a visitor you may:
to meetings and trade fairs, buy things, and negotiate and complete
contracts with United Kingdom businesses;
go to conferences and seminars as a delegate;
undertake fact finding missions, check details or examine goods;
and receive training in techniques and work practices that are
used in the United Kingdom, as long as the training you receive
is limited to observation and classroom instruction only.
You may also enter the United Kingdom as a business visitor if
goods from abroad, for example, if you are a lorry driver who
is genuinely working on an international route;
as a representative of a foreign computer software company to
install their product, or to de-bug or improve their product;
as a representative of a foreign machine manufacturer to service
or repair their products within the initial period of guarantee;
as a representative of a foreign machine manufacturer to put in
machinery that is too large to be delivered in one piece as part
of the contract of purchase and supply;
as an adviser, consultant, trainer or trouble shooter and so on,
as long as you are employed abroad, either directly or under contract,
by the same company (or group of companies) that the client firm
belongs to. Advisers must not get involved in project management
and any training you provide must be for a specific purpose, not
go beyond classroom instruction and must not be readily available
anywhere else in the United Kingdom;
as a guest speaker at a conference or seminar if it is a single
or occasional event and not a commercial venture that you are
to run a conference or seminar that lasts for up to five days,
as long as it is a single or occasional event, involving a specialist
subject that's attracts a wide audience, including people from
outside the United Kingdom;
as an expert to talk to United Kingdom businessmen about overseas
legal and administrative requirements they need to meet as exporters;
as a sportsperson or entertainer for trials or auditions, or for
personal appearances which do not involve performances.
do I qualify to come to the United Kingdom as a business visitor?
must be able to show that:
only want to visit the country for up to six months;
you plan to leave the United Kingdom at the end of your visit;
you have enough money to support and accommodate yourself without
working or help from public funds;
you normally live and work abroad and you have no plans to transfer
your base to the United Kingdom; and you do not plan to work,
produce goods or provide services in the United Kingdom.
visitors to the United Kingdom, whether they are here for business
or social reasons, can only stay for six months.
you are a visa national, you will need a visa to enter the United
Kingdom. If you are not a visa national, you will find it helpful
to carry documents with you that will show the immigration officer
why you are visiting.
you visit the United Kingdom frequently on business, you can apply
for a multiple-entry visa or entry clearance as a visitor. This
is normally valid for two years. This service is available to both
visa and non-visa nationals.
there a limit to the number of visits I can make to the United Kingdom?
are no set rules but we will only give you permission to stay in
the United Kingdom for up to six months for any one visit.
there is no limit to the number of times you can visit, you would
normally be expected to spend no more than six months of any 12-month
period in the United Kingdom.
you stay as a business visitor in the United Kingdom for more than
six months during any 12-month period you may be refused entry.
If you stay for a long time, this would suggest that you may be
basing yourself here and doing a job which someone who lives in
the United Kingdom or European Economic Area could do.
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