Visitors travelling to the UK are allowed to conduct certain narrowly defined activities. Certain business activities are not permitted; therefore, business visitors need to be aware of which activities they can undertake without requiring a work visa.
If you are a ‘visa national’, you will be required to apply for a Standard Visitor visa before you can visit the UK. Although non-visa nationals do not need to apply for a Standard Visit visa, both visa and non-visa nationals are subject to the same visitor restrictions. The Home Office has a specific list of visa nationals, which can be found here.
Generally, as a visitor you are permitted to enter the UK for tourism, visiting family and friends, business, or undertaking short-term study – this is not an exhaustive list and contains many restrictions. If your main purpose of travel is looking for work, you need to ensure that the activities you plan on conducting are permitted activities.
On a Standard Visitor visa, you are permitted to attend interviews, meetings, conferences, and seminars, as well as negotiate and sign contracts as part of your work search. However, you need to bear in mind that you are not permitted to undertake substantive or productive work in the UK, or to be paid by a UK source (subject to some exceptions).
Individuals should seek legal advice before conducting business activities in the UK, as undertaking activities beyond the permitted scope can impact future UK immigration applications.
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