You need a Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa to come to the UK if you have been invited by a UK organization or client – as a professional artist, entertainer, or musician, professional sports person, qualified lawyer to represent a client, give lectures or as an academic or air pilot examiner or assessor expert.
This visa allows you to visit the UK for up to 1 month and does not allow you to extend your visa. This visa does not lead to settlement in the UK. You are not allowed to switch to another visa from this category inside the UK.
Here are some important things to know about a Permitted Paid Engagement Visa.
Only Visa Nationals need a Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa
If you are a non-visa national then you do not need a visa to enter the UK only you need a permitted paid engagement visitor visa to enter the UK. The Home Office has published a list of nationalities that require applying for a UK visitor visa such as a permitted paid engagement visitor visa before travelling to the UK. Non-visa nationals can normally seek entry as a visitor on arrival in the UK.
1. Roles that Qualify as a ‘Permitted Paid Engagement’
You can be invited to the UK by a UK-based organization or client on a permitted paid engagement visa only for the roles mentioned below:
- Professional artist, entertainer, or musician
- Professional sportsperson
- Qualified lawyer - to provide advocacy, arbitration, or some other form of dispute resolution
- Lecturer - to give a lecture or series of lectures in your subject area
- Academic - to be a student examiner or assessor
- Pilot examiner – to asses UK-based pilots, to ensure they meet the national aviation regulatory requirements of other countries
2. General Requirements of the Visa
You must meet the following eligibility requirements to be able to apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa:
- You have been formally invited by a UK-based organization or client
- Your paid engagement must be related directly to your expertise, qualification, and main job in your home country
- You are from a country that is not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
- You must be 18 or above
- You must be visiting the UK for not more than 1 month
- You must leave the country at the end of your visit
- You will be able to support yourself during the visit or someone else will fund you for the same
- You have the funds to pay for your return or onward journey or someone else will fund you for the same
- You have no intention to live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits or make the UK your main home
3. What are the Documents Required?
You must have the following documents in place to be able to apply for a permitted paid engagement visitor visa:
- Your passport or valid travel document;
- A formal written invitation from a UK-based organization or client you will be paid in the UK or not paid in the UK
4. What You Can Do in the UK on Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa
Depending on your expertise and what is allowed as being qualified as permitted paid engagement you can do the following in the UK on a permitted paid engagement visitor visa:
- ·Perform, giving lectures or series of lectures about your area of expertise
- Be a part of a judging panel or debate panel
- Be a student examiner or assessor
- Chair or take part in the selection panel
- Examine UK-based pilots so they meet the standards of the country you come from
- Provide advocacy in a particular area of law
- Take part in arts, entertainment, or sporting events including broadcasting
- Take part in fashion modeling assignments
If you are looking to apply for Permitted Paid Engagement Visa or UK visitor visa you can contact Visa and Migration Ltd on 02034111261 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org