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Do accommodation and travel costs need to be booked and paid for (by the sponsoring company for a permitted paid engagements visitor) in advance or is it sufficient to state that this will be covered by the company (eg by an undertaking)?

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Produced in partnership with Gary McIndoe of Latitude Law
Published on LexisPSL on 15/08/2017

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

  • Do accommodation and travel costs need to be booked and paid for (by the sponsoring company for a permitted paid engagements visitor) in advance or is it sufficient to state that this will be covered by the company (eg by an undertaking)?

The general requirements in relation to funds, maintenance and accommodation provided by third parties for visitors (including permitted paid engagements visitors) can be found in the Immigration Rules, Appendix V, para V4. In order for travel costs, maintenance and accommodation to be provided by a third party (see: Immigration Rules, Appendix V4, para V 4.3), the third party:

  1. must have a genuine professional or personal relationship with the visitor

  2. must not be in the UK in breach of UK immigration laws, and

  3. can and will provide support to the visitor for the intended duration of their stay

Under Immigration Rules, Appendix V, para V 4.4, the third party may be asked to give an undertaking in writing t

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