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Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

The Permitted Paid Engagement Visa is for those who wish to enter the UK for a short period to do specific paid work.

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Permitted Paid Engagement Visa Overview

The Permitted Paid Engagement Visa is for those who wish to enter the UK for a short period to do specific paid work, without the need of being sponsored under the point-based visa system.

Activities allowed under this visa category includes public speaking engagement, chairing a meeting, or attending a conference. The permit is only valid for 1 month and it is not possible to apply for an extension.

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Permitted Paid Engagement Visa Eligibility

The Permitted Paid Engagement visa is available for those who have been invited to the UK as an expert in their profession.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be at least 18.
  • Be visiting the UK for no more than 1 month, and leave the country at the end of your visit.
  • Prove that you have enough money to support yourself financially, and to pay for your return and onward journey.
  • Not be in transit to a country outside the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

Permitted activities

Successful applicants who have been invited to the UK by a UK-based organization or business, can:

  • Be a student examiner or assessor
  • Give lectures as a higher education institution
  • Take part in selection panels as a highly qualified academic
  • Provide advocacy in a particular area of law
  • Take part in arts, entertainment or sporting activities
  • Take part in fashion modelling assignments

All these activities are permitted as long as they are not a part-time or full-time role.

Applying for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

You can apply for your Permitted Paid Engagement Visa online.

However, you will need to have your biometric information (your fingerprints and photograph) taken at your nearest visa application centre.

Applicants from North Korea cannot apply online. They must download the form from the government’s website and read the relevant guidance.

Required supporting documents

When submitting your application forms, you must also provide the following documents:

  • Your passport or any valid travel document
  • Proof of your financial means
  • Details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans
  • A formal invitation from a UK-based organization or clients
  • Your role and planned activities in the UK, which must be related to your expertise and qualifications.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The earliest you can apply is 3 months before the date you intend to enter the UK.

The Home Office usually takes 3 weeks to submit a response on your application.

This visa costs £95.

While in the UK, you cannot:

  • Do paid work unrelated to your main job or area of expertise
  • Apply to extend your visa or switch to another immigration category
  • Remain in the UK for extended periods
  • Access to public funds
  • Marry or register a civil partnership