As many companies have seen a shift to remote working following the Covid-19 pandemic, some applicants may be wondering whether the UK currently offers a digital nomad visa allowing you to work remotely in the UK.
Although a digital nomad visa is available from a number of European countries, the UK does not currently offer this option. Generally, applicants looking to travel to the UK are required to secure a visa before their arranged travel plans. However, if you are a ‘non-visa national’ (i.e. the country of your citizenship is not included in the ‘Visa National’ list published on the UK government website), you are not required to apply for a visa prior to travelling to the UK as a visitor. Please note that non-visa nationals must still meet all of the requirements for a visit visa and will be assessed on entry to the UK.
If you are a visa national, you will be required to apply for a visit visa before you are able to travel to the UK. This type of visa will allow you to stay in the UK for up to 6 months and undertake a limited number of business activities during your stay. The general business visitor category encompasses activities such as attending meetings and interviews, negotiating and signing deals and contracts, and carrying out site visits and inspections, amongst other things.
It is important to remember that as a business visitor you are not allowed to work for a UK entity, be paid in the UK for any activity, establish a business as a self-employed person, provide goods and services or undertake work experience. You are, however, permitted to work remotely from the UK for an international company, provided you meet the standard visitor requirements and do not overstay your leave.
If your intention is to live and work in the UK on a more permanent basis, you may consider other visa categories, such as the Skilled Worker visa, which allow for a more prolonged stay in the UK.
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