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Permitted paid engagement visa

A permitted paid engagement visa is for those who have been employed by a UK-based client or business to come to work in the UK for up to one month and not for extended periods.

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    What is a permitted paid engagement visa?

    If you have been recruited to come to the UK for any of the following reasons, then you may qualify for a permitted paid engagement visa:

    • Perform or engage in arts, sporting or entertainment activities
    • Have fashion modelling assignments
    • Be a legal advocate
    • As a student examiner or assessor
    • A highly-qualified academic invited to take part in selection panels
    • Give one-off lectures at a university or college or other higher education institution.
    • Be asked by an approved UK training organisation registered with the UK Civil Aviation Authority to assess and examine UK-based pilots
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    Permitted paid engagement visa requirements

    Applicants for the visa must be aged over 18 years and must plan to carry out their engagement in the first month of their stay in the UK (the total time they can stay in the UK is 6 months at a time). The reason for visiting the UK must be on the request of a UK-based organisation who will be paid for attendance at a pre-arranged event or engagement, which must be shown through a written invitation.

    Evidence must also be provided that the person applying for the visa is able to financially support themselves during their stay and will not make frequent or successive visits to the UK.

    It is a requirement that you are able to pay for your return or onward journey (or have funding from someone else to pay for the journey).

    What is not covered by the Permitted Paid Engagement visa?

    The UK visa does not allow holders to do any of the following while in the UK:

    • Study
    • Get married or enter into a civil partnership
    • Do any paid for work that is unrelated to the visa holder’s main job or expertise.
    • Bring family members or dependents who do not have own valid visa to the UK.
    • Apply or receive benefits
    • Extend or switch to another visa while staying in the UK

    How to apply for a permitted paid engagement visa?

    The visa must be applied for online for up to three months before the planned travel to the UK.

    You may be asked to attend an in-person interview at a local visa application centre in order to prove your identify or show relevant documentation. You may need to provide the following paperwork:

    • A current passport or other travel document
    • Proof of expertise or skill
    • When you attend an interview you will also have your fingerprints and photograph (biometric information) recorded.
    • Evidence of a paid invitation from a UK-based organisation or business and this could be a letter from one of the following:
      • an organisation in the creative arts or entertainment industries
      • a sports organisation, agent or broadcaster
      • a higher education institution
      • a research organisation
      • an aviation training organisation regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority
      • a client, if you’re a lawyer

    How long does a permitted paid engagement visa application take?

    The standard processing time for a permitted paid engagement visa application is around three weeks. The earliest you can apply for the visa is three months before you intend to come to the UK. However, some visa application centres may offer a priority service that allows for faster processing of five days or a super priority service that means an application can be assessed within 24 hours.

    If you need to change something in your application after you’ve sent it then you will need to contact UKVI to alter it.

    Once the permitted paid engagement visa has been granted it will detail your reasons for being in the UK and what work you are allowed to do during your visit to the country.

    How much does the visa cost?

    The permitted paid engagement visa application costs £115. The visa must be applied for online.


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      Alternative work permits and visas

      Most people travelling to the UK for work purposes will be required to have a suitable work visa in place. If you do not qualify for a permitted paid engagement visa then there are a number of alternative visas that could be applied for.

      It is important to seek advice on the various immigration options and types of UK work permits or work visa as they have different criteria such as profession and demand for your skills. For example, if you plan to stay in the UK for a longer period of time of paid work then you should consider a Skilled Worker visa. This visa has eligibility requirements that enable applicants to stay in the UK to do specific paid work with an approved sponsor or employer.

      For those coming to the UK to work in sport in a temporary role may qualify for the Sportsperson visa. This route is often used by a professional sportsperson or a qualified coach to take part in UK sporting events.

      Another alternative for those not receiving any financial incentives is the Creative Visit Visa that allows creative professional and amateur artists to visit the UK to be carry out unpaid work for up to 6 months.

      How can we help you with your Permitted Paid Engagement visa application?

      We have a team of immigration lawyers who can help guide you through the application process and explain the eligibility criteria of UK visas.

      They can provide guidance on whether your supporting evidence will met the standard required by an immigration officer.

      Your dedicated lawyer will:

      • Check your documents to ensure that they are sufficient
      • Assess your eligibility for the application
      • Maintain contact with the UK Home Office throughout the process;
      • Write a Letter of Representation to accompany your PPE visa.
      • Complete every part of your application form(s) to a professional standard

      Get in touch now on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to get advice about your application for a permitted paid engagement visa.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  Visa applicants will usually receive a decision on their application within 3 weeks of applying but there are some options to fast track the process.

                  Dependent family members such as spouses, civil partners, and unmarried children are not allowed to travel with you on your permitted paid engagement visa.

                  A permitted paid engagement visa only allows the order to stay in the UK for 1 month. You must leave at the end of the month and you can not change visa routes while in the country.

                  Permitted Paid Engagement visa is only for short periods of paid work – the UK must not be your main place of employment long-term and you can not seek other employment or set up a business while in the country.