David Martin, Director at The China Britain Business Council explains the new visas that are now available.
CBBC NEW VISA SCHEMES
UKVI has a number of schemes and CBBC works closely with them. A number that I would point out would be the Priority Visa Scheme, the Super Priority Visa Scheme and the VIP Mobile Scheme.
These are all designed to make it easier for Chinese business people and Chinese citizens to come to the UK to do business. One where CBBC works very, very closely and which indeed is a special benefit of membership of CBBC, is our one called SBS Scheme – Select Business Scheme. There’s two parts of that, Select Business Scheme and Select Business Scheme UK.
So these are two schemes that are again designed to support Chinese business people coming to the UK to do business. The first one, SBS, Select Business Scheme, is for UK companies who have a presence in China to help their Chinese staff gain a business visa to come to the UK to do whatever work it is that they may need to do. What it does is it reduces the number of documents that you need to prepare in order to apply for that visa. Therefore making it easier to apply.
The second scheme, SBS UK broadens that not just to staff of the UK company in China, but potential clients, potential partners, potential investors. Anybody who they think may be important to their business. Again, the process is simply that it reduces the number of documents that need to be prepared in order to apply for a business visa to come to the UK.
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