What type of visa should I obtain for taking part in a trade show?

20 Dec 2023, 10 mins ago

Participating in a trade show in the United Kingdom can be an exciting opportunity for businesses and professionals looking to showcase their products, network with industry leaders and explore potential partnerships.

However, before you prepare your exhibition materials, it is crucial to understand the UK immigration requirements and choose the right visa for your trade show participation.

The Business Visit Visa is a sub-category of the Standard Visitor route. This visa is ideal for individuals involved in specific business activities, such as negotiating contracts, attending meetings and participating in trade exhibitions. The maximum duration of stay is six months. You cannot extend this visa or switch to another category. The route does not lead to settlement in the UK, and all visitors must make a separate application even when travelling as part of a group.

You may undertake the following general business activities:

  • Attend meetings, conferences, seminars and interviews;
  • Give a one-off or short series of talks or speeches, provided these are not organised as commercial events and will not make a profit for the organiser;
  • Negotiate and sign deals and contracts;
  • Attend trade fairs, for promotional work only, provided the Visitor is not directly involved in selling;
  • Carry out site visits and inspections;
  • Gather information for the purposes of the Visitor’s employment overseas.

Before applying, you must carefully review the eligibility criteria and documentation requirements for each visa category to avoid any complications. It is recommended to seek professional advice from UK immigration specialists, if you have specific questions about your situation.

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