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

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Gillian McCall of Richmond Chambers and Zoe Bantleman of Richmond Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Visitors: prohibited and permitted activities
  • Prohibited activities
  • Access Public Funds
  • Work
  • Payment
  • Study
  • Medical treatment
  • Marriage or civil partnership
  • Consequences of undertaking prohibited activities
  • Permitted activities
  • More...

Visitors: prohibited and permitted activities

The Immigration Rules contains lists of activities which are specifically prohibited and explicitly permitted for visitors. When assessing an application for entry clearance, permission to enter or stay as a visitor, the Home Office will consider whether the activities that the applicant intends to undertake amount to any of the prohibited activities or fall within the scope of the permitted activities applicable to the specific type of visitor application that has been made. Some activities are only allowed for visitors who meet additional eligibility requirements set out in the Immigration Rules, Appendix V: Visitor, paras V 5.1-V 15.4. For further information, see Practice Note: Visitor: eligibility—Additional eligibility requirements for specific types of visitor applicants.

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. It is expected that a visitor will have and be able to articulate one or more reasons for visiting the UK. If a person already holds entry clearance as a visitor, the guidance confirms that ‘since a visitor can undertake any permitted activity or activities, it is not sufficient reason to cancel a visit visa on arrival due to a change in the declared permitted activity to be undertaken, provided the visitor does propose to undertake a (any) permitted activity’.

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