Service Supplier Visa

The Global Business Mobility – Service Supplier route is designed for international professionals engaged in temporary work assignments in the UK. This includes contractual service suppliers employed by an overseas service provider or self-employed independent professionals based abroad. The work undertaken must be part of a contract covered by one of the UK’s international trade agreements.

Business Visitor Visa

Whether you reside in one of the Home Office’s ‘visa national’ countries list or not, you will need to meet all the requirements for a Visit visa.

Around 115 countries are currently on this list, including Russia, China, and India. Non-visa nationals (i.e., citizens of those countries not included on the list) are not required to apply for a visa before traveling to the UK but will still be assessed on entry to the UK.

The XT 24 team of experts can provide advice on all you need to know to enter the UK for business purposes.

How can I come to the UK for a business trip on a business visitor visa?

If you are a ‘visa national,’ you will be required to apply for a Visit Visa before you travel to the UK. Around 115 countries are on the Home Office’s ‘visa national’ list, including Russia, China, and India.

‘Non-visa nationals’ (i.e., citizens of those countries not included on the ‘visa national’ list) are not required to apply for a visa before traveling to the UK as a visitor. However, non-visa nationals must still meet all the requirements for a Visit Visa and will be assessed on entry to the UK.

What can I do in the UK?

If you are visiting the UK on business, you are allowed to:

  • Attend meetings, conferences, seminars, and interviews;
  • Give a one-off or short series of talks and speeches provided these are not organized as commercial events and will not make a profit for the organizer;
  • Negotiate and sign deals and contracts;
  • Attend trade fairs (for promotional work only without any direct selling);
  • Carry out site visits and inspections;
  • Gather information for your employment overseas; and
  • Be briefed on the requirements of a UK-based customer.

What can’t I do in the UK?

If you are in the UK as a business visitor, some of the activities that you are not allowed to do include:

  • Taking employment in the UK;
  • Working for an organization or business in the UK;
  • Establishing or running a business as a self-employed person;
  • Providing goods and services; and
  • Undertaking a work placement or internship.

For more information about XT 24 and our personal immigration services, please contact an XT 24 team member who can answer any questions and guide you through the process.

Interpol Compliance Specialist
Visa Specialist / Coordinator