Fixed price visit visa applications.
Paid Engagements Visitor
You may be able to get a Permitted Paid Engagement visa if you’ve been invited to the UK as an expert in your profession. You can apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa if you:
- are invited by a UK-based organisation or client
- want to come to the UK to do specific paid work without having to be sponsored under the points-based visa system
- are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
- are over 18
- have enough money without help from public funds to support and house yourself
- can pay for your return or onward journey
- are not in transit to a country outside the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
How long can I stay in the UK on this visa?
You can stay in the UK for up to 1 month on a Permitted Paid Engagement visa.
When can I apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa?
The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel. You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
What can I do whilst I am in the UK on a Permitted Paid Engagement visa?
On a Permitted Paid Engagement visa, you’re allowed to:
- be a student examiner or assessor
- take part in selection panels as a highly qualified academic if you're invited by an education, arts or research organisation
- give lectures at a higher education institution, as long as it's not a part-time or full-time role
- examine UK-based pilots so they meet the standards of the country you come from if you're invited by an approved UK training organisation regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority
- provide advocacy in a particular area of law
- take part in arts, entertainment or sporting activities including broadcasting
- take part in fashion modelling assignments
- You can also do minor activities related to your work or business overseas, such as attend meetings
Is there anything I cannot do whilst I am in the UK?
You are not allowed to:
- access public funds
- do specific paid work unrelated to your main job or area of expertise at home or sell merchandise, other than what’s allowed by your visa
- extend this visa or switch to another visa
- live in the UK for extended periods
- study for more than 30 days - studying cannot be the main reason for your visit
- marry or register a civil partnership, or give notice of marriage or civil partnership
- bring family members (‘dependants’) with you on your application - they must apply separately
Which documents will I need to apply?
You will need to supply:
- a current passport or other valid travel identification - your passport must have a blank page for your visa
- proof that you can support yourself during your trip, for example bank statements or payslips for the last 6 months
- details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans - you should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa
- a formal invitation from the UK-based organisation or authority you'll be paid by
- proof that the paid engagement relates to your expertise, qualifications and main job in your home country, for example a letter from your employer
You must provide extra documents if you’re an established arts, entertainment or sporting professional. You can provide any of the following:
- publicity material
- proof of awards
- media coverage and reviews
- proof of recent performances
Is there a cost?
Yes. It costs just under £100 to apply for this visa.
I had a very good discussion with Seraphus. They succeeded in making me feel better and less anxious about the whole process. Thank you for providing a service at a reasonable price, it provides peace of mind about what my time in this country will be.