The British government on Thursday announced the extension of the Points Based System for United Kingdom visas to include business visitors, the British High Commission said in a statement.
“Under new rules, those wishing to come to the UK on business for up to six months must apply for a dedicated new business visa and prove that they will be carrying out business-related activity,” it said.
The new plan will safeguard the visitor route into the UK from abuse and keep Britain an attractive place in which to do business.
The Home Office also outlined two new visitor routes specifically for sponsored sportspeople and entertainers, which would build on an historic concession and allow sportspeople and entertainers to come to the UK for a short period to participate in certain events without a work permit. All the changes announced comprise the Points Based System, which had replaced approximately 80 different work permit routes with just five tiers, it said, adding that more information on the business visitor visas and the sportspeople and entertainer concessions could be found on the British High Commission website.
Source: Daily Times, 17/10/2008