You may apply for a Permitted Paid Visitor Visa if you intend to visit the UK for no longer than 1 month and you have been invited by a UK based organization to do specific paid work related to your main profession overseas.

In particular, you can be invited to the UK to:

  • do minor activities related to your business or work overseas (e.g. attend meetings)
  • be a student examiner or assessor
  • take part in selection panels as a highly qualified academic if you’re invited by an education, arts or research organisation
  • give lectures at a higher education institution, as long as it’s not a part-time or full-time role
  • examine UK-based pilots so they meet the standards of the country you come from if you’re invited by an approved UK training organisation regulated by the UK Civil Aviation Authority
  • provide advocacy in a particular area of law
  • take part in arts, entertainment or sporting activities including broadcasting
  • take part in fashion modelling assignments.

The duration of this visa is 1-month maximum and cannot be extended. Under this visa you cannot switch to another visa, nor bring with you any family members. The application fee is £87.

Eligibility requirements and supporting documents

In order to apply for this visa you must prove that you:

  • are 18 or over
  • are visiting the UK for no more than 1 month
  • will leave the UK at the end of your visit
  • have enough money to support and house yourself
  • can pay for your return or onward journey

To support your visit visa application, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • proof that you can support yourself during your trip
  • details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans
  • a formal invitation from the UK-based organisation you’ll be paid by
  • proof that the paid engagement relates to your expertise and main job overseas

If you are an established arts, entertainment or sporting professional you must also provide extra documents such as reviews, publicity material, media coverage, proof of recent performances, or publications.