We are planning a permanent move from the UK and need to apply for Visas (me, my wife and 16-year-old daughter who is planning to return to the UK in 2 years’ time to attend university). We are moving to a property that we have owned for holidays but once settled our aim is to either move and then rent out the existing property as a gite or longer-term, or sell and purchase a new property with gite/letting accommodation already in place. The business side will not start immediately so;
- When applying for our long-stay visa should we state that the reason for the application is to run a business (micro-entrepreneur)? Is it better to do this as part of the initial application or should we leave the business side until later?
- Do both my wife and I need to be ‘registered’ as part of the business activity?
- Do we need a work permit?
- I have drafted our Visa application assuming that Business is the purpose and the form then asks for our Visapro reference number which, being honest, I have no clue what this is. The call lines to the TLS Contact processing centre in the UK is suspended so I can’t get an answer from them so I wonder if you might know? My problem is that I can’t pass this part of the form without the answer!
Apologies that this is not one question.