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Paid Permitted Engagement

Paid Permitted Engagement UK Immigration Visas allow applicants to work in the UK and carry out specific engagements for which they may receive payment.
In order to qualify for Paid Permitted Engagement UK Immigration Visa you / your employee will have to prove that you: 

  • have been invited as an expert in your profession

  • 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

  • meet the other eligibility requirements.

You may not have to apply for a visa depending on your nationality.


Business Visitors
You can apply for a Standard Visitor visa if you want to visit the UK for business-related activities, for example:

  • you are coming to the UK for a conference, meeting or training

  • you want to take part in a specific sports-related event

  • you are an artist, entertainer or musician coming to the UK to perform

  • you are an academic undertaking research or accompanying students on a study abroad programme

  • you are a doctor or dentist and are coming to the UK to take a clinical attachment or observer post

  • you want to take the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) test or sit the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

  • you want to get funding to start, take over, join or run a business in the UK.

Paid Permitted Engagement
You can stay in the UK for up to 1 month if you are invited by a UK-based organisation or client to:

  • be a student examiner or assessor

  • take part in selection panels as a highly qualified academic if you are invited by an education, arts or research organisation

  • give lectures at a higher education institution, as long as it is 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.

All permitted, paid engagements must be arranged in advance and the engagement must be relevant to the applicant’s area of expertise and occupation overseas and should be evidenced by a formal letter of invitation.


As Business visitor you can also do minor activities related to your work or business overseas, such as attend meetings. 


You cannot:


  • 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

  • get public funds

  • 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.

Period and conditions of stay in the UK
An employee will be able to visit the UK for a duration of up to 6 months as a Business Visitor and 1 month on a Paid Permitted Engagement Visa. There is no option to extend this visa from within the UK.
Qualification guidelines are quite strict and when applying for a Business Visitor Visa and applicants must demonstrate that they are not intending to live in the UK for extended periods through frequent or successive visits and that they do not intend to make the UK their main home. 
Please be aware that the UK Immigration office may refuse their application if they believe that individuals are, in fact intending to live in the UK.  
The line between what is considered ‘work’ and what is a ‘business visit’ can be quite blurry. We can help you navigate this grey area to ensure that you or your employees are not only applying for the correct visa but also, that the correct supporting documents are being submitted. 
Get in Touch and let us take the stress out of obtaining a Business Visitor and Paid Engagement Visa.