Visiting the UK

Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

The Permitted Paid Engagement visa is for non-EEA nationals over the age of 18 who wish to come to the UK for a short paid engagement.

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Requirements for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa

In order to qualify for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:

  • You intend to undertake specific paid work;
  • You have been invited by a UK-based organisation or client;
  • The work relates to your area of expertise or occupation overseas;
  • You will leave the UK at the end of your visit;
  • You have sufficient funds to maintain and accommodation yourself during your visit.

The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances.  You may want to speak to one of our immigration lawyer for expert advice.

What else do you need to know

What else do I need to know about the Permitted Paid Engagement visa?

The Permitted Paid Engagement visa category is open to arts, entertainment and sporting professionals, visiting examiners and lecturers, designated air pilot examiners and qualified lawyers.

The engagement in the UK must be relevant to your expertise or employment overseas. UK Visas & Immigration will expect to see evidence confirming where you work and your expertise.

You will be allowed to stay in the UK for up to 1 month.

During your stay you will be able to undertake certain specific activities. For example, a professional footballer may enter to give a paid interview and also attend meetings to discuss a contract. An artist may enter to give a paid performance and also present their work to other professionals or the public.

Most visitors will need to make an application for a visit visa from their country of residence, before travelling. However, nationals of some countries are exempt from this requirement and can simply apply for leave to enter as a visitor at the UK border.

Applying for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa? How our immigration lawyers can help

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Sarah Rogers

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Our immigration lawyers are experts in the immigration rules for Permitted Paid Engagement visitors. We can provide you with a professional assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa and, where appropriate, assist you to prepare a successful application.

We can help you with as much or as little advice and assistance as you need with tailored packages or individual services giving you flexibility to chose all the assistance you need when you need it. You’ll also have the benefit of access to our innovative client portal, giving everything you need at your fingertips.

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