Personal Immigration



The Permitted Paid Engagement visa is for non-EEA nationals over the age of 18 who wish to come to the UK for a short paid engagement.

What are the main eligibility requirements for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa?

You will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:

  • You intend to undertake specific paid work;
  • You have been invited by a UK-based organisation or client;
  • The work relates to your area of expertise or occupation overseas;
  • You will leave the UK at the end of your visit;
  • You have sufficient funds to maintain and accommodation yourself during your visit.

What else do I need to know about the Permitted Paid Engagement visa?

The Permitted Paid Engagement visa category is open to arts, entertainment and sporting professionals, visiting examiners and lecturers, designated air pilot examiners and qualified lawyers.

The engagement in the UK must be relevant to your expertise or employment overseas. UK Visas & Immigration will expect to see evidence confirming where you work and your expertise.

You will be allowed to stay in the UK for up to 1 month.

During your stay you will be able to undertake certain specific activities. For example, a professional footballer may enter to give a paid interview and also attend meetings to discuss a contract. An artist may enter to give a paid performance and also present their work to other professionals or the public.

Most visitors will need to make an application for a visit visa from their country of residence, before travelling. However, nationals of some countries are exempt from this requirement and can simply apply for leave to enter as a visitor at the UK border.

How our immigration barristers can help

Our immigration barristers are experts in the immigration rules for Permitted Paid Engagement visitors. We can provide you with a professional assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa and, where appropriate, assist you to prepare a successful application.


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  • Applications for Tier 2 General Skilled Worker visas

    The Tier 2 General category is for individuals who have a job offer in the UK from a licensed Tier 2 Sponsor. You will need to have a job offer before applying for a visa.

  • Applications for Tier 5 Temporary Worker visas

    The Tier 5 Temporary Worker category is for certain types of temporary worker whose entry to the United Kingdom will help to satisfy cultural, charitable, religious or international objectives, including volunteering and job shadowing.

  • Applications for Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visas

    If you are aged between 18 and 30 and a citizen of Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan then you may be eligible to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme. You can also apply if you are aged between 18 and 30 and a British overseas citizen, a British overseas territories citizen or a British national (overseas).

  • Fresh applications and Judicial reviews following Visit Visa refusals

    If your application for entry clearance to undertake a Permitted Paid Engagement has been refused, our immigration barristers can advise on the merits of making a fresh application.

    If the decision to refuse your application was unlawful, unreasonable or procedurally improper, our immigration barristers can apply for Judicial Review and represent you at Judicial Review hearings.


To arrange an initial consultation meeting with one of our immigration barristers, contact our Permitted Paid Engagement visa team on 0203 617 9173 or complete our enquiry form.


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