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Visitors Undertaking Permitted Paid Engagements

This Visitors Undertaking Permitted Paid Engagements category is for a specified list of individuals who seek to enter the UK for the Purpose of engaging in events because of their skill and expertise. The individual may be granted entry for up to a period of one month in which he/she will not require being sponsored under the points-based system. This category is mainly for guest examiners, lecturers, overseas designated pilot examiners, qualified lawyers, and professional artists, entertainers and sportspersons.

In a situation where by the applicant intends to take up job that is not authorized under this category, he/she may be authorize to enter under the points-based system.

However, he/she will be permitted to enter the UK as a Visitor undertaking a permitted paid engagement if the activities he/she will be engaged in are enumerated below:

The individual is also expected to make available a formal invitation to partake in a pre-arranged engagement, that reveals the relationship between the engagement and applicant’s:

  • expertise and/or qualifications; and
  • full-time occupation in your home country.

Visiting examiners and assessors

To be granted entry on this basis, the individual has to be highly qualified in his/her area of professionalism, and must have received an invitation by a UK higher education institution or UK-based arts or research organization in order to:

  • examine students; and/or
  • Partake in or be the head of selection panels as part of that institution or organization’s quality assurance processes.

Visiting lecturers

The individual invited by the UK higher education institution or UK-based arts or research organization to lecture a course or sequence of lectures in his/her area of expertise. This role must not be a formal teaching role.

Overseas designated pilot examiners

The invitation of the individual in this case must be by an approved training organization that is based in the UK to assess UK-based pilots so as to make for certain that the person meets the national aviation regulatory criteria of other countries. The training organization that would carry out these assessments must for that purpose be one under the supervision of the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

Lawyers providing advocacy

In the case of lawyers, the individual must be qualified in a certain field of law and must have been invited by a client who is resided in the United Kingdom or another country in order to provide advocacy for legal proceedings in the United Kingdom. The court proceedings might be a court hearing, arbitration or an alternative form of dispute resolution.

Arts, entertainment or sports professionals

The individual in this circumstance must be invited by an arts or sports organization or broadcaster that is resided in the United Kingdom so as to carry out an activity that relates to the expertise of the individual either in the arts, entertainment or sports. This category might also comprise of fashion models entering the UK to partake in a particular engagement, as long as the individual does not have the intension to be based on a long-term basis in the United Kingdom.

Judicial Review Against Refusal Of Application For UK Visa As A Visitor Undertaking Permitted Paid Engagements

The individual has no right to appeal against a decision to refuse his/her application for entry as a Visitor Undertaking Permitted Paid Engagements; this position can only be confronted by Judicial Review in the High Court. The individual must therefore make an application seeking authorization to apply for Judicial Review within 90 days after which the application was refused.

There is no right of appeal against the refusal of an application for entry clearance as a visitor undertaking permitted paid engagement and the refusal can only be challenged by way of Judicial Review in High Court. An application for permission to apply for Judicial Review must be lodged in High Court within 90 days of the date of the refusal of the application.

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