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Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

A short-stay visa that allows experts to work in the UK for a period of up to one month. This visa is designed for individuals who are working for private clients, companies, organisations, or institutions, and is not reliant on having a sponsoring employer.

We will explore the qualifying criteria, permissible job positions, application process, and other essential information related to the UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa, you must meet the following criteria:

Age: You must be 18 years of age or older.

Intent: You must have a genuine intention to work in the UK for a period of up to one month.

Visa History: You must not have a disqualifying visa history, such as previous immigration violations or overstays.

Financial Requirements: You must have sufficient funds to cover your accommodation, living costs, and transportation expenses in the UK, without relying on UK public funds or services.

Permissible Job Positions with UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa:

The UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa allows individuals to engage in a variety of job positions. Some examples include:

Highly Qualified Academic Student's Examiner: This visa allows individuals to act as examiners for highly qualified academic students in the UK.

Guest Lecturer: Foreign experts can work as guest lecturers at UK educational institutions, sharing their expertise with students.

Designated Pilot Examiner: Pilots from abroad can be designated as examiners for the UK pilots, assessing their skills and knowledge.

Expert Lawyer: Foreign lawyers can represent private clients in court, tribunals, arbitrations, and dispute resolutions in the UK.

Job in the Creative Industry: Individuals with expertise in the creative industry, such as artists, entertainers, musicians, fashion models, or sportspersons, can offer their services on behalf of organizations in the UK.

Jobs Not Covered by Permitted Paid Engagement Visa:

It is important to note that the UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa does not cover self-employment, internships, or direct selling activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application process?

The application process for the UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa is like other types of UK visas. Here are the steps involved:

  • Compiling the Document File: Gather all the required documents, including an official invitation, proof of correlation between your expertise and the job, and proof of your professional status.
  • Confirmation Letter: If you are currently employed, you will need a confirmation letter from your employer, matching the intended job in the UK.
  • Proof of Publications and Lecturing Engagements: If you are applying as a guest lecturer or foreign examiner, provide proof of publications in your field of expertise and previous lecturing engagements.
  • Proof for Creative Professionals: Creative professionals should provide evidence of past engagements, prizes, awards, and media coverage.
  • Air Pilot Examiners: Air pilot examiners will need to submit a membership certificate from their home-country aviation authority.
  • Expert Lawyers: Expert lawyers must provide a certificate of practice and good standing.
  • Translation and Authentication: If any of your documents are not in English or Welsh, they must be translated and authenticated by an authorized person or institution.

How long is the visa valid for?

The processing time for the UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa is typically up to 3 weeks. Expedited processing is also available for an additional fee, with response times of 5 or 1 working day. Once granted, the visa allows a stay of up to 1 month and cannot be extended or switched to another visa type.

Other Important Considerations:

  • Job Restrictions: Visa holders can only work in the specific job or company they obtained the visa for, except for attending business meetings related to their home country job.
  • Marriage and Civil Partnership: Marriage, civil partnership, and announcing marriage/partnership are not permitted while in the UK with a Permitted Paid Engagement visa.
  • Study: Study is allowed for up to thirty calendar days if it does not interfere with your work commitments. For longer study programs, a UK student visa application is required.


The UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa provides a pathway for foreign experts to work in the UK for a brief period. By meeting the qualifying criteria and following the application process, individuals can engage in various job positions and contribute their expertise in the UK. It is important to adhere to the visa's restrictions and regulations to ensure a smooth and legal stay in the country.

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