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Do I need a visa for that?

Westkin Associates – Do I need a visa for that?

In this blog we will explore some common questions from clients about what they do and don’t need a visa for. Please note that this list is a general guide and than you should always seek specific advice for your circumstances.

1. Do I need a visa to set up or run a business in the UK.

There is no restriction on individuals whom are outside the UK from setting up or running a business in the UK. In fact it is possible to do so without much hassle. You would be able to run the business as normal including hiring staff or renting an office. However it should be noted that unless you have a visa that allows you to work for or run this business you cannot conduct any work for the business when you are in the UK.

2.Can I work in the UK as a visitor?

You are not able to conduct any work whilst in the UK as a visitor, however if you are a non-visa national or you have entered on a business visit visa then there are some limited activities that you can do, this includes; attending conferences, interviews or other types of business meetings ,negotiating and singing deals, doing site visits or inspections, doing research or briefing a UK based customer.

There are more specific approved activities for several sub-categories such as sports persons, entertainers, religious workers, academics as well as staff that are in the UK in supportive roles such as translators, personal assistants, bodyguards and drivers etc. The full permitted activities can be found in Appendix V of the Immigration rules.

3. Do I need a visa to buy a house in the UK?

You do not need a visa to buy a house in the UK, however it is unlikely that you would be approved for a mortgage if you do not have more than 2 years leave on your visa that is not a visitor visa. However if you are paying in cash then there should be no issues.

4. Can a child go to School in the UK without a visa?

if you are in the UK for an extended period of time and want to know if your child can attend state or private school in the UK then the short answer is no. Although not many state schools tend to conduct comprehensive checks on children it is technically a breach of Immigration rules for a child to attend school without a proper visa. A child is able to attend state school if he or she has any form of dependant visa that is not a visit visa. If the child has a Tier 4 (Child) visa then they are able to attend a school so long as it is a private fee paying school.

5. Can I bring a nanny or domestic worker to the UK?

There used to be a visa specifically for all forms of domestic workers to the UK, although the route was closed for new applicants some years ago. As such it is possible to bring a nanny or domestic worker to the UK, however only under specific circumstances. Firstly the domestic worker must have been working in the same household for at least 1 year. Secondly you and the domestic worker must intend to leave the UK within 6 months of entering the UK. As such the current visa is not designed for long term domestic workers but rather for those workers who are coming as part of a visit to the UK.
Please note that the rules are the same regardless of if the employer is a British citizen or not.

If you have any other general questions about what you can or cannot do in the UK please contact us for further advice.

Westkin Associates


5th Floor, Maddox House,
1 Maddox Street
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