Business Visas

Business Visa Specialists

There are a number of different types of business visas available to those who wish to come to the UK to conduct business activities. The type of visa required will depend on the nature of the business activities being undertaken and the duration of stay.

Solicitors can advise on the most appropriate visa for your needs and can assist with the application process.

Business visas are typically valid for a period of six months. However, longer-term business visas may be available in some cases.

If you are planning to stay in the UK for more than six months, you will need to apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa. This type of visa is granted for a period of up to five years and allows the holder to work in the UK for the sponsoring employer.

In order to apply for a business visa, you will need to demonstrate that you have enough money to support yourself during your stay in the UK. You will also need to show that you have made arrangements for your return home at the end of your stay.

Make sure to get expert legal advice from solicitors before applying for a business visa, as the application process can be complex. Solicitors can also advise on the most appropriate type of visa for your needs and can assist with the application process.

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Contact us at Prime Legal Solicitors today at info@primelegalsolicitors.co.uk or 01706 644144 for more information so we can help you.

Work Permits

There are a variety of business visas available in the UK, each with their own specific eligibility requirements. If you’re planning to start or run a business in the UK, it’s important to be aware of the different types of visas available and ensure that you apply for the correct one.

One of the most common types of business visa is the Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa. This visa is for non-EU nationals who want to set up or take over a business in the UK. To be eligible, you must have at least £50,000 in investment funds and meet certain other criteria.

Another common type of business visa is the Tier 1 Investor visa. This visa is for high-net-worth individuals from outside the European Economic Area who want to invest at least £2 million in the UK.

There are also a number of other business visas available, including the Tier 2 General visa (for skilled workers from outside the EEA), the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa (for young people aged 18-30 from certain countries), and the Sole Representative of an Overseas Business visa (for employees of an overseas company who are sent to open a UK branch).

If you’re not sure which business visa you need, it’s best to speak to a solicitor who specialises in immigration so we can advise on your specific circumstances.

Business Authorisation

As a business owner, you may need to apply for a business visa in order to conduct business in the United Kingdom. The process of applying for a business visa can be complex, and it is important to seek legal advice from solicitors experienced in this area of law before commencing the application process.

There are different types of business visas available, and the type of visa you will need will depend on the nature of your business and your intended length of stay in the UK. For example, if you are planning to set up a new business in the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa. This type of visa allows you to live and work in the UK for up to three years, and can be extended for a further two years.

If you are already running a business outside the UK, and you want to come to the UK to set up a branch or subsidiary of your business, you will need to apply for a Tier 2 General Visa. This type of visa allows you to live and work in the UK for up to five years, and can be extended for a further five years.

It is important to note that all business visa applications must be made online, and you will need to provide supporting documentation in order to demonstrate that your business meets the requirements for the relevant visa category. For example, if you are applying for a Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa, you will need to provide evidence of investment funds totalling at least £200,000.

Once you have submitted your visa application, it can take up to eight weeks to receive a decision. If your application is successful, you will be issued with a business visa which will allow you to enter the UK and begin conducting business.

If you are planning to conduct business in the UK, it is important to ensure that you obtain the correct business visa before commencing your trip. Solicitors experienced in this area of law can provide advice and assistance with the application process, and can help ensure that your application is successful.

Sponsor licence (formerly Tier 2 sponsor licence) guidanceAs a business owner, you may need to apply for a sponsor licence in order to hire certain employees from outside the UK. The sponsorship process can be complex, so it’s important to seek professional legal advice before proceeding.There are two types of business visas: Tier 2 and Tier 5. Tier 2 is for highly skilled workers such as managers, executives, and professionals. Tier 5 is for temporary workers in specific industries such as the arts, entertainment, sports, and religion.

To apply for a sponsor licence, you must first register with the Home Office’s sponsorship management system. You will then need to provide evidence of your business’s financial stability and compliance with UK law.

Eligibility requirements for a sponsor licence

you must:- be a registered company in the UK- have a valid UK business bank account- provide evidence of your company’s financial stability- provide a copy of your company’s articles of association or partnership agreement- have a designated compliance officer who is responsible for ensuring that your company complies with UK law-

provide a copy of your company’s most recent audited accounts- have a valid UK business insurance policy- provide evidence that you have adequate health and safety policies and procedures in placeIf you are applying for a Tier 2 licence, you must also demonstrate that you are able to offer a genuine job vacancy and that the salary is appropriate for the role.

The application process for a sponsor licence is complex, so it’s important to seek professional legal advice before proceeding.

If you are granted a sponsor licence, you will be required to comply with certain obligations, including:- maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of your sponsored employees- reporting any changes in your company’s circumstances that may affect your sponsorship licence- complying with UK law

If you fail to comply with your obligations, your sponsor licence may be revoked. This could have serious consequences for your business, so it’s important to seek professional legal advice if you have any concerns.

For more information on sponsor licences, please contact our team of business visa today at info@primelegalsolicitors.co.uk or 01706 644144 for more information so we can help you.

Speak to Professional Solicitors

Contact us at Prime Legal Solicitors today at info@primelegalsolicitors.co.uk or 01706 644144 for more information so we can help you.

FAQ and Common Questions about business visas

What documents will I need to apply for a sponsor licence?

To apply for a sponsor licence, you will need to provide the following documents:- a copy of your company’s most recent audited accounts- evidence of your company’s financial stability- a copy of your company’s articles of association or partnership agreement- evidence that you have adequate health and safety policies and procedures in placeIf you are applying for a Tier 2 licence, you will also need to demonstrate that you are able to offer a genuine job vacancy and that the salary is appropriate for the role.

How much does it cost to apply for a sponsor licence?

The application fee for a sponsor licence is £536.

What are the consequences of not having a sponsor licence?

If you employ someone from outside the UK without a valid sponsor licence, you could be liable for a fine of up to £20,000. In addition, your company could be barred from sponsoring future employees.

How long does it take to get a sponsor licence?

The processing time for sponsor licence applications is typically six to eight weeks. However, this can vary depending on the complexity of the application.

Can I appeal if my sponsor licence application is refused?

If your application for a sponsor licence is refused, you can appeal the decision within 28 days.

For more information on sponsor licences, please contact our team of business visa solicitors today at info@primelegalsolicitors.co.uk or 01706 644144 for more information so we can help you.

You can find more information about business visas here:

https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/business-visas?step-by-step-nav=3c2d0500-332f-44b7-a629-54e31af076cf&use_next_page=true&selected_country=none

What are the main ‘Worker’ licence categories?

There are four main categories of worker:-

  1. Tier 1 – Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)
  2. Tier 2 – General
  3. Tier 3 – Low skilled workers
  4. Tier 4 – Students

Which category you apply under will depend on your skills, qualifications and experience.

What is the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP)?

The HSMP was introduced in 2002 and is designed for highly skilled migrants who want to work in the UK. To be eligible, you must score a minimum of 75 points under the HSMP points system. Points are awarded for factors such as age, qualifications, work experience and earnings. For more information on the HSMP points system, please see the UK Visas website.

What is the Tier 2 General category?

The Tier 2 General category is for skilled workers who have been offered a job in the UK. To be eligible, you must score a minimum of 50 points under the Tier 2 points system. Points are awarded for factors such as age, qualifications, work experience and earnings. For more information on the Tier 2 points system, please see the UK Visas website.

What is the Tier 3 category?

The Tier 3 category is for low-skilled workers who are needed to fill specific labour shortages in the UK. To be eligible, you must score a minimum of 30 points under the Tier 3 points system. Points are awarded for factors such as age, qualifications, work experience and earnings. For more information on the Tier 3 points system, please see the UK Visas website.

What is the Tier 4 category?

The Tier 4 category is for students who want to study in the UK. To be eligible, you must score a minimum of 40 points under the Tier 4 points system. Points are awarded for factors such as age, qualifications, work experience and earnings. For more information on the Tier 4 points system, please see the UK Visas website.

For more information on business visas, please contact our team of business visa solicitors.

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