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November 27, 2023

UK announces business visitor visa reform in Autumn Statement 2023

On 22 November 2023, the UK Chancellor made a number of immigration-related announcements in the Autumn Statement 2023, notably about business visitor visa reform. The government will expand the business visitor rules to allow business travelers to engage in a wider range of permitted activities and paid engagements, effective from January 2024. The government will introduce changes from January 2024 that will broaden and clarify the activities that can be undertaken in an intra-corporate setting, offer wider coverage for the legal services sector and simplify arrangements for those undertaking paid engagements. The government will also explore further reforms to the business visitor rules in 2024. The government is also signing and expanding new and existing Youth Mobility Schemes (YMS) to make sure the next generation of talent have a wide range of opportunities to live, work and travel abroad and experience other cultures.

A Tax Alert prepared by EY's People Advisory Services group, and attached below, provides additional details.


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