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How to apply for a business visa to the United Kingdom?

Posted by Avisa:   13.08.2021

Every year the number of visits to the UK by Ukrainian citizens for business purposes is increasing. It is a well-known fact that citizens of Ukraine with a biometric passport can visit Schengen countries and EU countries without a visa. But the UK and Ireland have always been the exception. To visit the UK for business purposes, you need to open a business visa.

Business visa to the UK, category C-VISIT can be short-term or long-term. Short-term business visa to the UK is a 6-month multi visa. Long-term visa to the UK is also a multi visa which can be issued for 2,5,10 years. It is prohibited to work and receive income in the country having a UK business visa.

How to apply for a business visa to the UK?

  • Collect the required package of documents.
  • Fill in the visa application form.
  • Pay online visa fee.
  • Make translations into English of all documents.
  • Submit documents online at the TLScontact Visa Application Center website or submit paper documents at the Visa Application Center for an additional fee.
  • Sign up for the submission of biometric data to the UK Visa Application Center.
  • Submit your biometric data and await a decision from the embassy.

Avisa appreciates your time, so entrust us with all the routine work. We can help in obtaining a business visa to the UK as an individual, as well as a group of applicants (for example, if you need to apply for a business visa for your employees).

The standard term for issuing a business visa to the UK is 1 month. The British Embassy considers documents 14 working days, other time will be spent on collecting and preparing documents.

The cost of a business visa to the UK is 97 pounds (consular fee for a short-term business visa to the UK for 6 months).

If you are interested in a long-term business visa to the UK, the consular fee will be different. For example, the visa fee for a 2-year is £ 361, a 5-year visa - £ 655, a 10-year visa - £ 822.

There are situations when you need an urgent business visa to the UK. The UK Visa and Immigration Service (UKVI) can review your documents in 5 working days or 24 hours. In such a case, you will be required to pay the additional fee.

You will also need a business visa to the UK if you or your drivers have plans transporting goods from Ukraine to the UK. A driver's visa to the UK is issued for a period of 6 months up to 10 years. When you or your employee apply for this visa, the main document that must be is an order for the carriage of goods to the UK or an actual contract between a Ukrainian company and the British side. A visa for drivers to the UK is one of the most difficult visas. Unfortunately, you will not find a list of documents and instructions on how to apply for this visa on the official website of the UK government. Therefore, if you need to get a visa for a truck driver to the UK without any problems, contact our specialists for help.

The process of applying for a business visa to the UK is impossible without the correct package of documents. You must collect:

  1. Documents confirming the purpose of the trip. Business invitation letter from your partners or potential partners, an invitation letter from exhibition / conference, etc.
  2. Documents of employment in the country of residence. If you are a hired employee, you must provide a certificate of salary from work for the last 6 months. If you are a business owner or a private entrepreneur, you must provide documents on state registration of an enterprise or private enterprise, tax returns, business account statements, accrued dividends.
  3. Documents confirming the ability to pay for your trip to the UK. If you are sending your employee on a business trip, you must write a cover letter stating that all travel expenses will be covered by his employer. If you are a self-employed person or a business owner, you must prove that you have your own funds in the account, which will cover all expenses during your trip.
  4. Documents confirming the ties to the country of residence will be very important. You can provide additional documents on the presence of a family, real estate, or car.

Obtaining a business visa to the UK is a complicated process. Our specialists have big experience in obtaining this type of visa, so with us you will receive professional support throughout the entire process.

We understand how busy a businessperson can be so we have ideally organized work remotely. You only need to send us the scanned documents, we will do the rest for you. This allows us to work with clients throughout Ukraine and abroad.

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