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Can artists (who will be performing in the entertainment industry) apply as a standard visitor or would they need to apply under the Permitted Paid Engagement category?

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Produced in partnership with Gary McIndoe of Latitude Law
Published on LexisPSL on 26/07/2019

The following Immigration Q&A Produced in partnership with Gary McIndoe of Latitude Law provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Can artists (who will be performing in the entertainment industry) apply as a standard visitor or would they need to apply under the Permitted Paid Engagement category?
  • Standard Visitor Visa Route
  • Permitted Paid Engagement Route

Standard Visitor Visa Route

Permitted activities for all visitors to the UK are found in Immigration Rules, Appendix V. Although most visitors come to the UK for tourism and leisure, other motives for travel such as business, legal, religious and creative reasons, are nevertheless permitted under the standard visit visa route.

Immigration Rules, Appendix V, Appendix 3, paras 16–18 consider the permitted activities for creative visitors. It states that artists, entertainers and musicians may:

  1. give performances as an individual or as part of a group

  2. take part in competitions or auditions

  3. make personal appearances and take part in promotional activities, and

  4. take part in one or more cultural events or festivals on the list of permit free festivals in Appendix 5 (where payment is permitted)

Page 26 of Home Office published guidance: Visit guidance (Version 8.0) explains how Home Office sta

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