Key Changes to UK Visit Visa Rules

UK Visit Visa

The  British certainly know how to strike, huh??

Did Mr. Rishi Sunak take 70-hour work seriously and then introduce remote jobs under the tourist visa??

Well, yes, word has now spread everywhere that the rules effective from January 31, 2024 allow working in the UK on a visit visa without a work permit!

What interests me is remote working: the law has been updated to provide clarity and confirms that visitors can work remotely while in the UK. However, this must not be the main purpose of their visit. So it says: you come to visit/holiday, but you can also work. Why only visit when you can also work? Do you remember the 70 hours? Just kidding. 

Key Changes in 2024 UK Visit Visa Rules

The UK government has introduced several key amendments to the visit visa rules effective from 31 January 2024. These changes are aimed at facilitating business and research activities, while also adapting to modern work trends like remote working.

Intra-Corporate Activities and Remote Working

  • Intra-Corporate Activities: A major shift is the allowance for individuals employed abroad to engage directly with clients in the UK. This includes consulting, training, and sharing skills, provided these activities are incidental to the visitor’s employment abroad.
  • Remote Working Permission: Visitors can now engage in remote work related to their overseas employment during their UK stay, as long as it’s not the primary purpose of their visit.

Expanding Opportunities in the Aviation and Legal Fields

  • Aviation Industry Adjustments: Flight crew members can now enter the UK under approved wet lease arrangements between March and October, streamlining previous concessions.
  • Legal Professionals’ Expanded Scope: Legal professionals have more flexibility in their permitted activities, including advising, arbitration, and litigation services.

Enhancements for Scientists, Researchers, and Academics Visiting the UK.

Researchers and academics visiting the UK can now participate in research projects beyond their individual purposes, expanding the scope of their professional activities during their stay.

Paid Engagements and Consolidation of Visitor Routes

  • Paid Engagements: Conference speakers are now allowed remuneration for their participation, marking a significant change in the policy.
  • Visitor Route Consolidation: The Permitted Paid Engagement visitor route is merged into the Standard Visitor route, simplifying the visa process for those engaging in paid activities.

Conclusion: It’s a win-win situation for promoting tourism and for businesses. The changes, especially the remote working option, will have a positive impact on local and international businesses. This flexibility is likely to attract professionals, encourage collaboration and support the growth of the UK business community. At the same time, these legal changes will also have a positive impact on tourism. If tourists have the opportunity to work while exploring the UK, their experience will be enriched, benefiting both tourists and the tourism industry.

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Priya Gupal
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