Permitted Paid Engagements
The recent introduction of the Permitted Paid Engagements category enabled a variety of visitors to the UK to enter the country for the purpose of one-off or time-limited business/professional engagements. While there is no specific requirement for sponsorship in the UK, the engagement must be of direct relevance to the applicant’s profession in their home country. In a working example, a university lecturer may travel to the UK to perform a paid address at a relevant industry event.
Individuals planning to transfer to a connecting flight at a UK airport do not need to apply for a Transit Visa if they remain airside. It is only those who intend to cross the UK border that must apply for a Transit Visa ahead of time.
There are several important criteria that must be met to qualify for a Transit Visa, which include:
If planning a trip that involves a stopover of any kind in the United Kingdom, we can advise on the various visas and permits available. Contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors for more information.
If you are travelling through the UK but remain in the airport, you will not need a visa in transit. This visa is only for those that will be passing through border control and entering the UK beyond the airport.
Student Visit Visa
A Student Visit Visa is one of the several options available for prospective students, though often proves too restrictive for the majority of applicants. Those who successfully obtain a Student Visit Visa are committed to enter the United Kingdom for a very limited period of time to study an equally limited range of courses.
The maximum course duration permitted under a Student Visit Visa is six months, increasing to 11 months for an English language course. In order to qualify, non-EEA nationals must provide evidence that the educational institution providing the course is a licensed sponsor under Tier 4 of the points-based system, or is inspected, approved and/or accredited by one or more of the following:
The educational institution may also qualify if it is an international organisation that provides part of its programmes in the United Kingdom, offering programmes at the equivalent level of a UK degree.
Students enrolled overseas may wish to travel to the United Kingdom for a temporary period to conduct research. In order to qualify for a Student Visit Visa, the applicant must be enrolled on a course at UK degree-level or higher and be able to provide evidence of a formal offer to perform research at a UK recognised body.
Additional requirements that govern the issuing of Student Visit Visas include the following:
Further restrictions that must be considered when applying for a Student Visit Visa include the following:
Aristone Solicitors can provide the expert support and representation you need for a smooth, seamless and streamlined application process. Contact a member of our individual immigration team today for more information.
Sport Visitor Visa
There are also allowances to enter the United Kingdom as a sportsperson under a specialist Sport Visitor Visa. Applications are considered where a non-EEA individual seeks entry to the United Kingdom for one of the following purposes:
Examples of applicants who may qualify for a specialist Sport Visitor Visa include contestants competing at the Wimbledon Tennis Finals and any international football fixtures played across the country.
It’s also possible to gain entry to the UK with a Sport Visitor Visa if you are a:
General requirements and conditions that apply to all Sport Visitor Visa applications include the following:
As with all visa categories, there are additional restrictions that apply to specialist Sport Visitor Visas which include:
For the expert support you’ll need to consider your position and eligibility for a Sport Visitor Visa, the team at Aristone Solicitors is standing by to take your call.
Entertainment Visit Visa
Non-EEA citizens planning to enter United Kingdom for entertainment purposes may gain entry to the country by way of an Entertainment Visit Visa.
UK immigration policy outlines a series of requirements that must be fulfilled to qualify for an Entertainment Visit Visa, which specify that the applicant must be travelling for one of the following reasons:
Additional requirements that govern the provision of Entertainment Visit Visas include the following:
Furthermore, individuals entering the United Kingdom on the basis of an Entertainment Visit Visa must abide by the broader visa restrictions, which expressly forbid:
Here at Aristone Solicitors, we understand the daunting nature of submitting an individual immigration application. That’s why we take the time to get to know our clients and their circumstances at the deepest possible level, enabling us to streamline and simplify all aspects of the application process. Whether planning ahead or in the midst of a complex immigration application, we’re standing by to offer our full support. Contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors today to organise your free initial consultation.
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