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Article from BTNews 16 FEBRUARY 2015

UK welcomes business visitors

The UK Home Office Visitor is to consolidate from the current 15 visa application paths to just four as part of a simple new streamlined system for business and leisure travellers to Great Britain.

The changes will affect all those wishing to visit the UK from April – from business and tourism visitors to sportspeople and entertainers.  They will all be just travellers.

The categories are:

•    visitor (standard)

•    visitor (to hold marriage or civil partnership)

•    visitor undertaking permitted paid engagements

•    visitors transiting the UK.
  
Theresa May, Home Secretary, said: “Britain is open for business – our economy is growing and we are seeing record numbers of visitors flocking to the UK to see our historic sites and sample our vibrant and exciting culture.
 
“But in a global market place we must make sure we stay ahead of our competitors as we work to carry on attracting the business and leisure travellers who will help our economy grow further still.
 
“These further reforms to the immigration system are part of our work to demonstrate to the rest of the world that Britain remains open for business and that visitors are always welcome in the UK, whether they come for leisure or work.” http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/home-office

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