Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

The UK offers several Permitted Paid Engagement Visafor overseas workers. These visa routes aim to bring employees on a short-term or long-term basis to their UK branches. The aim of these visa routes is to simplify the process of hiring talent from outside the UK.
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What Are the Requirements For a Permitted Paid Engagement Visa?

The Permitted Paid Engagement Visa is a type of visa that allows you to come to the UK for a maximum duration of one month. You can apply for this visa if you have been invited to a paid engagement as a leading expert in your field.

You must meet a wide range of requirements to be eligible for this visa. You are also barred from bringing any dependents to the UK on this visa or applying for an extension.

This particular visa suits professionals, artists, academics, and other specialists who want to attend an event in the UK. You will also need to meet the eligibility requirements for your intended work in the UK.

Here at the London-based Adam Bernard’s law firm, our top immigration solicitors can advise you on whether or not you are eligible for this visa. Our Expertise Visa solicitors London will also guide you on how to submit an online application.

General Eligibility Requirement

You must fulfil a stringent set of eligibility requirements to be considered for this visa category. This is particularly due to the brief duration of the visa. Here is a look at the key requirements you must satisfy:

  • You must show that you are at least 18 years of age.
  • Duration of visit. You must prove that your intended stay in the UK will not extend beyond one month. The Home Office may also ask you to provide proof that you will be leaving the country before your visa expires.
  • Formal invitation. You must have a formal invitation from an organisation to attend an event in the UK. The invitation can also be about a brief and paid engagement of another nature. In either case, your engagement must be related to your professional background and your field of expertise.
  • Financial means. You are required to show that you have the financial means to support yourself once you are in the UK after being granted the visa. You must also prove that you can fund your trip back home once your visa expires.

You may need to satisfy other criteria as well, depending on the specifics of your case. Our Expertise Visa solicitors London can review your case and help you determine exactly what requirements you must fulfil. You can also consult our top immigration solicitors for help with other work visas.

Who Can Apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visa?

This type of visa is typically meant for specialists or experts in specific industries. You can apply for this visa if you are one of the following:

  • A guest-lecturer who is to undertake a temporary engagement in the UK
  • An individual working in the creative industry, such as an entertainer, performer, or artist
  • A renowned sportsperson
  • A broadcast journalist with a significant experience
  • A student examiner
  • A lawyer or another professional related to the legal industry
  • A fashion designer or model in the fashion industry
  • An academic researcher or guest speaker for an event
  • A specialist pilot invited by an organisation that falls under the regulation of the Civil Aviation Authority

Other roles and professions may also be eligible for this visa category. You can consult our top immigration solicitors to see whether or not your occupation is eligible for this visa.

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Invitation for Paid Engagement

One of the key requirements of the Permitted Paid Engagement Visa is that you must have a formal invitation from an organisation or client based in the UK. Your invitation must meet the following requirements:

  • It must note the position you will fill or the activities you will undertake once you are in the UK
  • The invitation must be related to a paid engagement
  • The paid engagement listed on the invitation must be temporary, such as an event, and must not extend beyond one month
  • The invitation can be from a higher education institution, a client, an aviation training organisation that falls under the regulation of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, an organisation related to the creative arts or entertainment, a research organisation, or a legal client

You may need to provide evidence to prove that you have the requisite qualifications, expertise, and background related to your intended role in the UK.

Such evidence may include past publications, previous awards you have won, coverage from media related to your work, and reviews of your past work or performances.

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Documents Required for Visa Application

You will need to provide several supporting documents as a part of your visa application. These include the following:

  • A valid travel document such as a passport. Your passport must have at least one blank page to receive the visa in case your visa application is successful.
  • A formal invitation. The formal invitation you receive from the UK organisation inviting you must be provided as a part of the visa application.
  • A proof of qualification. You must provide relevant evidence to show that you qualify for your intended job or role in the UK. Such proof may be in the form of your academic qualifications, employment history, work experience, previous achievements in your field, and so on.
  • Details of travel. You are required to provide details regarding when you intend to come to the UK, your intended date of departure, and where you intend to head following your exit from the UK. This also serves as proof that you intend to leave the UK at the end of your paid engagement.
  • Proof of financial means. You must provide proof that you have the financial means to support yourself after you arrive in the UK. You can provide bank statements or pay slips as evidence.

Other documents may also be required for your visa application. You can consult our Expertise Visa solicitors London to see the exact list of documents you must provide as a part of your visa application.

Get in touch with our expert Permitted Paid Engagement Visa Solicitors today.

What You Can Do on a Permitted Paid Engagement Visa?

You can perform various paid activities related to your specific field or industry after you arrive in the UK on this visa. These activities include the following:

  • Representing a client as a lawyer
  • Carrying on various duties as a pilot examiner
  • Working as a student assessor or examiner
  • Giving one or more lectures
  • Working on a relevant job as a professional sportsperson
  • Undertaking a relevant job as an artist, entertainment, or musician

You are also barred from undertaking several activities on this visa. You cannot do the following on this visa:

  • Claiming public funds and benefits
  • Living in the UK for longer periods
  • Studying in the UK
  • Performing any paid work that is not related to your profession or work experience
  • Marrying in the UK or registering a civil partnership
  • Using the visa as a meant to transit through the UK to another country
  • Applying to have any dependents join you in the UK

You can consult our top immigration solicitor to understand the precise limitations that may apply to your visa.

Visa Application and Fees

You can apply for the visa up to three months before your intended date of travel. You must have your invitation from an eligible UK organisation at the time of your visa application. It is best to apply as soon as possible so that you have plenty of time to respond to any issues with your application.

The standard fee for this visa category is £100. The Home Office typically takes three months to process your application after you have paid the visa fee and satisfied other requirements.

You can use premium services to speed up the visa application process. For a fee of £212, you can get a decision within 5 working days. If you want a decision sooner, you can pay £956 to get a decision on your visa application within one working day.

If you want to get a decision promptly for an urgent engagement in the UK, you can consult our Expertise Visa solicitors London for your options.

Why Choose Adam Bernard’s?

The London-based Adam Bernard’s law firm offers detailed help, advice, and guidance for all UK work visas. If you are applying for a Permitted Paid Engagement Visa to undertake a temporary job in the UK, our top immigration solicitors can help you.

Here are some of the key features of our services:

  • Tailored Help. We carefully review your visa application to understand your unique circumstances and then offer tailored advice. This helps you remove any errors or issues with your visa application and optimise it for success.
  • Visa Application Guidance. Many applicants make errors on their visa application, leave out important details, or fail to append the relevant documentation. Our top immigration solicitors review your application before you submit it to ensure that it is complete and accurate.
  • Free Upfront Consultation. You can schedule a free consultation with one of our top immigration solicitors to discuss your case. In this consultation, our solicitors will advise you on exactly how we can help you. You can use this information to determine whether or not to hire our services.

Call us now at 0207-100-0505 to discuss your case with our top immigration solicitors.