Visitors: prohibited and permitted activities
Produced in partnership with Gillian McCall of Richmond Chambers
Visitors: prohibited and permitted activities

The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Gillian McCall of Richmond Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Visitors: prohibited and permitted activities
  • Prohibited activities
  • Permitted activities
  • Intra-corporate activities
  • Prospective entrepreneurs
  • Certain employees of foreign manufacturers or suppliers
  • Clients of UK export companies
  • Science, research and academia
  • Legal
  • Religion
  • more

The Immigration Rules, Appendix V contains lists of activities which are specifically prohibited and those that are explicitly permitted for visitors. When assessing an application for entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a visitor, an entry clearance officer (ECO), immigration officer (IO) or Home Office caseworker will consider whether or not the activities that the applicant intends to undertake amounts to any of the prohibited activities or falls within the scope of the permitted activities applicable to the specific type of visitor application that has been made. This is because some activities are only allowed for visitors who meet additional eligibility requirements set out in the Immigration Rules, Appendix V, Part V4, V5 or V6.Immigration Rules, Appendix V, paras V 4.5–V 4.10Immigration Rules, Appendix V, Appendix 3Immigration Rules, Appendix V, Appendix 4

Each time a visitor seeks entry at the border, they will be asked to explain what they intend to do in the UK and for how long.Visit guidance, Visit: prohibited and permitted activities for visitors

Prohibited activities

A visitor must not intend to work in the UK. Appendix V contains a specific definition of work, which is not contained in the Immigration Rules, Introduction, para 6.

Unless it is work of a type expressly permitted in the Immigration Rules, Appendix V, Visitor Appendix 3, 4 or 5 (as these apply in the context of the eligibility requirements the visitor meets), prohibited work includes:Immigration Rules, Appendix V, para V 4.5Visit guidance, Visit: prohibited and permitted activities for visitors

  1. being employed in the UK

  2. carrying out work for an organisation or business in the UK