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New visitor route for Professionals, Artists, Entertainers and Sportspersons

March 16, 2012 | News

The UK Border Agency is set to introduce a new immigration route from 6 April 2012 known as Permitted Paid Engagements (PPE). This route has been designed to allow individual artists, entertainers and sportspersons to enter the UK to undertake pre-arranged paid activities without the requirement of having a certificate of sponsorship.

This will be a single-entry visa and the maximum period will be limited to one month.

An individual entering the UK under this category will be required to show a formal invitation letter. The following activities will be allowed:-:

  • Professional artists, entertainers or sportspersons carrying out an activity relating to their main profession. E.g. entertainers giving one off or a short series of performances and sportspersons providing guest commentary in their field of sport.
  • Visiting to give a lecture, examining students, participating in or chairing selection panels.
  • Overseas designated air-pilot examiners assessing UK pilots to ensure they meet the national air regulatory requirements of those countries.
  • Providing advocacy in a particular area of law as a qualified lawyer in a court or tribunal hearing, arbitration or other form of alternative dispute resolution in the UK.

Visa nationals will be required to obtain prior entry clearance before travelling. Individuals wishing to enter the UK for longer than one month will need to apply under the relevant Tier 2 or Tier 5 category of the Points Based System.

For further information on the above or how we can assist you, please get in touch with the Global Mobility professional you deal with at Hudson McKenzie.

Alternatively, please send an email to one of our London Immigration Lawyers at or call us on 020 3553 7711.