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PERMITTED PAID ENGAGEMENT VISIT VISA

PERMITTED PAID ENGAGEMENT VISIT VISA

The Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visit Visa is available to certain professionals and experts who wish to visit the UK for up to 1 month in order to undertake a paid engagement relating to their expertise and occupation.  

The Permitted Paid Engagement Visa route does not lead to settlement in the UK and all visitors must make a separate application, even when travelling as part of a group.

Requirements for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa

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

  • You are at least 18 years old;
  • You are a visa national (a non-visa national can normally seek entry as a Visitor on arrival at the UK border);
  • You intend to do one (or more) of the permitted paid engagements set out in the Immigration Rules;
  • Your permitted paid engagement is pre-arranged, evidenced by a formal invitation from a UK-based organisation or client and relates to your area of expertise and occupation overseas;
  • You will not undertake any prohibited activities;
  • You have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to your visit (including travel, maintenance and accommodation costs) without working or accessing public funds;
  • You will leave the UK at the end of your visit;
  • You will not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK your main home;
  • Your application does not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.

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

To discuss your Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa application with one of our immigration barristers, contact our UK Visit Visa lawyers on 0203 617 9173 or complete our enquiry form below.

Visa National Requirement

A visa national is someone who, by reason of their nationality, requires a Visit Visa in order to enter the UK as a Visitor.  Visa nationals must generally apply for a Visit Visa before travelling to the UK.

The Home Office has published a list of nationalities that are required to apply for a Visit Visa prior to travelling to the UK as a Visitor.  The list includes a number of exceptions, which allow certain visa nationals to seek entry as a Visitor on arrival in the UK.

A non-visa national can normally seek entry as a Visitor on arrival in the UK.   A non-visa national must still satisfy the requirements for entry as a Visitor and so, on arrival, should be prepared to explain, for example, the purpose of their visit and how they will be maintained and accommodated in the UK, as well as their return travel arrangements. 

EU citizens are non-visa nationals and can seek entry as a Visitor on arrival in the UK without needing to apply for a Visit Visa.

As well as preparing Visit Visa applications for visa nationals, our barristers regularly assist non-visa nationals to satisfy the requirements for entry as a Visitor on arrival in the UK.

Qualifying Permitted Paid Engagements

The following professionals and experts are eligible to apply for a Paid Engagement Visit Visa:

  • Professional artists, entertainers and musicians;
  • Professional sportspersons;
  • Examiners and lecturers;
  • Designated air pilot examiners;
  • Qualified lawyers.

Professional artists, entertainers and musicians

Professional artists, entertainers and musicians may qualify for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa in order to travel to the UK for up to 1 month to carry out a paid activity that is directly related to their profession.  For example, an artist may enter the UK as a PPE Visitor to give a paid performance and also present their work to other professionals or the public.

To qualify for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visa, artists, entertainers and musicians must be able to demonstrate that this is their full-time profession. This will need to be confirmed through documentary evidence such as publicity material for performances, screenings, concerts, talks, readings and exhibitions, media coverage and reviews, awards and proof of recent performances.

Artists, entertainers and musicians must be invited by a creative (arts or entertainment) organisation, agent or broadcaster based in the UK.  A creative organisation is any organisation involved in artistic and entertainment activities.  For example, galleries, arts faculties or departments in universities and schools, and venues involved in producing or staging of events will all be regarded as creative organisations. Embassies putting on cultural events related to the country concerned will also qualify. UK based agents and broadcasters can also invite individuals to undertake a paid engagement in the UK.

Personal, technical and support staff (‘entourage’) or members of the production team of a professional artist, entertainer or musician will not qualify for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visa.  However, such individuals may be able to enter the UK via either the Creative Visit Visa route or the Temporary Work – Creative Worker route.

Professional sportspersons

Professional sportspersons may qualify for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa in order to carry out a paid activity in the UK for up to 1 month where the activity is directly related to their profession. For example, a professional footballer may enter to give a paid interview or attend meetings to discuss a contract.

To qualify for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visa, sportspersons must be able to demonstrate that they are an established sports professional. This will need to be confirmed through documentary evidence such as media coverage, evidence of awards and proof of recent participation in sporting events.

Professional sportspersons must be invited by a sports organisation, agent or broadcaster based in the UK. A sports organisation includes any organisation involved in organising or staging sporting events or matches.

Examiners and lecturers

Academics who are highly qualified within their field of expertise and wish to travel to the UK in order to examine students and/or participate in or chair selection panels may qualify for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa.  They must have been invited by a UK higher education institution, or a UK-based research or arts organisation as part of that institution or organisation’s quality assurance processes.

Subject-matter experts may be eligible for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa in order to visit the UK for the purpose of giving paid lectures in their subject area.  Subject-matter experts must have been invited by a higher education institution, or a UK-based research or arts organisation, and the engagement must not amount to filling a teaching position for the host organisation.

Designated air pilot examiners

Overseas designated pilot examiners can use the Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa route in order to travel to the UK to assess UK-based pilots to ensure that they meet the national aviation regulatory requirements of other countries.  Overseas designated pilot examiners must have been invited by an approved training organisation based in the UK that is regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority for that purpose.

Qualified lawyers

Qualified lawyers may apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa in order to provide advocacy for a court or tribunal hearing, arbitration or other form of dispute resolution for legal proceedings within the UK, where they have been invited by a client.

Permitted Paid Engagement Visitors may also undertake other activities that are permitted under other Visitor routes, but are not permitted to study or transit.

Additional Requirements for Permitted Paid Engagements

The qualifying paid engagement that you wish to undertake in the UK which must be:

  • Arranged before you travel to the UK;
  • Declared as part of your application for entry clearance or permission to enter the UK;
  • Evidenced by a formal invitation, as set out above; and
  • Relate to your area of expertise and occupation overseas.

Intention to Leave the UK Requirement for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa

In addition to satisfying the Home Office that you are genuinely seeking to enter the UK for a permitted paid engagement, as part of your application for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa you will also need to satisfy the Home Office that you will leave the UK at the end of your visit and will not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK your main home.

In assessing your application, the Home Office will consider a range of factors including:

  • Your previous immigration history, including visits to the UK and other countries;
  • Your financial circumstances as well as your family, social and economic background;
  • Your personal and economic ties to your country of residence.

Factors which may cause the Home Office to doubt that you are a genuine visitor include having few or no family and economic ties to your country of residence, whilst having several family members in the UK, previous attempts to deceive the Home Office in an immigration application and discrepancies between statements made by yourself and your sponsor.

Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa Financial Requirement

You will need to have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to your visit (including travel, maintenance and accommodation costs) without working or accessing public funds.

Your funds will need to be held in a permitted financial institution.

Your travel, maintenance and accommodation costs may be met by a third party if the third party has a genuine professional or personal relationship with you, they are not, and will not be, in breach of immigration laws and they can support you throughout the duration of your stay as a Visitor.

Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa English Language Requirement

Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa applicants do not need to satisfy an English language requirement.

Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa Validity Period

Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visas are valid for 1 month.

Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa Right to Work

Permitted Paid Engagement Visitors are permitted to undertake the paid engagement that was declared as part of their entry clearance application.  However, the Home Office will check to ensure that the PPE route is not used on a repeat basis for temporary employment. Whilst payment is allowed, the Permitted Paid Engagement route is strictly for short engagements and the visitor’s main place of employment must remain overseas.

This means that Permitted Paid Engagement Visitors cannot otherwise take employment, establish or run a business as a self-employed person, work for an organisation or business in the UK, undertake a work placement or internship in the UK or otherwise provide or sell goods or services in the UK.

Permitted Paid Engagement Visitors are permitted to undertake activities relating to their employment overseas remotely whilst they are in the UK, such as responding to emails or answering phone calls.  However, the main purpose of your visit to the UK should be to undertake a permitted paid activity, rather than specifically to work remotely from the UK.

Permitted Paid Engagement Visitors are also permitted to come to the UK to seek employment and attend job interviews. However, if successful in obtaining employment, you will be expected to leave the UK and seek the appropriate entry clearance prior to commencing work.

Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa Application Fees

The Home Office application fee for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa for a short stay of up to 1 month is currently £100.

How Our Immigration Barristers Can Help

Our immigration barristers are experienced in assisting individuals from across the globe to secure visas in order to undertake short term paid engagements in the UK.

Whether you are seeking advice on the merits of applying for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa, assistance with preparing a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa application or legal representation to challenge a decision to refuse an application for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa, our immigration barristers can assist.

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our client’s needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to our clients as part of a professional and friendly service.

We can also assist with

  • Applications for Creative Visit Visas

    The Creative Visit Visa is for amateur and professional artists, entertainers and musicians (and their personal and technical staff) who wish to visit the UK to undertake permitted unpaid creative activities for a period of up to 6 months.

    In order to qualify for a Creative Visit Visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:

    • You are a visa national (a non-visa national can normally seek entry as a Visitor on arrival at the UK border);
    • You are genuinely seeking entry to the UK for a purpose that is permitted by the visitor routes;
    • You will not undertake any prohibited activities;
    • You have sufficient funds to cover all reasonable costs in relation to your visit (including travel, maintenance and accommodation costs) without working or accessing public funds;
    • You will leave the UK at the end of your visit;
    • You will not live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits, or make the UK your main home;
    • Your application does not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.

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

  • Applications for Temporary Work – Creative Worker Visas

    The Temporary Work – Creative Worker visa is for individuals who have been offered short-term work in the UK for up to 12 months within the creative sector.

    In order to qualify for a Temporary Work – Creative Worker Visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

    • You have an offer of a job as a creative worker from a sponsor that holds a valid Temporary Work – Creative Worker sponsor licence (which requires a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for the role you wish to undertake);
    • You will be paid the minimum salary as set by Equity, PACT or BECTU (except for models, musicians or circuses);
    • You genuinely intend, and are able, to undertake the role for which you are being sponsored and do not intend to undertake other employment;
    • You have personal savings to support yourself in the UK;
    • Your application does not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal;
    • You have provided a valid TB certificate, if required.

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

  • Applications for Global Talent Visas

    The Global Talent visa is open to talented and promising applicants within the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts and culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture) who wish to work in the UK.

    In order to qualify for a Global Talent visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

    • You are aged 18 or over;
    • You have been issued with an endorsement letter by a Home Office approved endorsing body or have been awarded a prize listed in Appendix Global Talent: Prestigious Prizes;
    • Your application does not fall under the general grounds for refusal;
    • You have provided a valid TB certificate, if required.

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

  • Applications for Skilled Worker Visas

    The Skilled Worker Visa is open to individuals of all nationalities (except British and Irish) who have an offer of an eligible skilled job in the UK from a Home Office-approved sponsor.  The route can lead to settlement and applicants can be joined by dependent partners and children.

    In order to qualify for a Skilled Worker Visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

    • You are aged 18 or over;
    • You have a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for the job you are planning to do;
    • Your job offer is a genuine vacancy;
    • Your sponsor has paid any required Immigration Skills Charge;
    • Your job is at an appropriate skill level;
    • You are competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level B1 (equivalent to IELTS 4.0);
    • You will be paid a salary which equals or exceeds both a general salary threshold and the ‘going rate’ for the occupation;
    • You have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds;
    • You have provided a criminal record certificate, if required; and
    • You have provided a valid TB certificate, if required.

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

  • Applications for International Sportsperson Visas

    The International Sportsperson visa is for elite sportspersons and qualified sports coaches who are recognised as being at the highest level of their sport internationally. You will need to be sponsored on a short or long-term contract and have been endorsed by an appropriate UK sports governing body.

    In order to qualify for an International Sportsperson visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:

    • You are aged 16 or over;
    • You have an offer of a job as a sports person from an approved sponsor that holds an International Sportsperson sponsor licence (which requires a valid Certificate of Sponsorship for the role you wish to undertake);
    • You have been endorsed by an appropriate UK Sports Governing Body;
    • You genuinely intend, and are able, to undertake the role for which you are being sponsored and do not intend to undertake other employment;
    • You satisfy an English language requirement (if applying for an International Sportsperson visa for a period exceeding 12 months);
    • You have sufficient personal savings to support yourself in the UK;
    • Your application does not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal;
    • You have provided a valid TB certificate, if required.

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

  • Fresh applications and Judicial Reviews following Visit Visa refusals

    If your application for a Visit Visa has been refused, our immigration barristers can advise on the merits of making a fresh application or challenging the refusal decision.

    In many cases, a professionally prepared fresh application will be the quickest and most economical way of securing a Visit Visa following a refusal decision.  Our immigration barristers have an excellent track record of securing Visit Visas for clients who have previously been refused a Visit Visa following a self-prepared application.

    If the decision to refuse your Visit Visa application was unlawful, unreasonable or procedurally improper, our immigration barristers can advise on merits of applying for Judicial Review of the decision, draft grounds for Judicial Review and provide representation at Judicial Review hearings.

WHAT CAN WE HELP YOU WITH?

To discuss your Permitted Paid Engagement Visit Visa application with one of our immigration barristers, contact our Short Stay Visit Visa team on 0203 617 9173 or complete our enquiry form below.




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