This product caters for South African nationals (in South Africa) looking to apply for the UK’s 5 year Business Visitor visa.
Introducing the Business Visitor visa:
This longer term visa caters for South Africans visiting the UK for frequent business related purposes. Further details of the permitted activities can be found on our Business Visitor explained page.
Duration of visa:
The Business Visitor visa is issued for a set duration of 5 years. That is a set start date and a set end date.
Not granted. This Business Visitor visa does not grant settlement rights. Time spent in the UK does not count toward earning British nationality.
Further to this, applicants are not permitted to change visitor visa status whilst in the UK.
Not Permitted. Immediate family members (married like partner and minors) are not permitted to join the main applicant and merely need to apply for their own leisure Visitor visas.
3 weeks. From the date of submission, applicants experience an average of 15 working day processing times. There are means to speed this processing time (at additional cost).
Common Reason for Refusal:
Most of these cases are refused based on applicants demonstrating no intent to return, insufficient or conflicting information. Criminal history is also a major factor that is taken into consideration with these cases.
This visa serves to grant South Africans permission to frequently enter the UK for the duration of its validity (therefore multiple entry is automatically granted). The complication though is that this visa strictly prohibits change of intent once in the UK (therefore applicants cannot try and change their visa status or intent once they get into the UK). Further to this, extension of the permitted stay in the UK is not easily granted.