1. The Visit (standard) Route
The Visit (standard) Route
If you have Settled Status, it means you:
- Employment is not permitted under the visit routes, therefore anyone who is seeking to work in the UK will need to consider applying under the Points Based System.
- genuinely seeking entry as a visitor for the purposes stated;
- intend to leave the UK at the end of their visit;
- do not intend to undertake a course of study unless this is incidental to their visit & is no more than 30 days;
- will maintain & accommodate themselves without using public funds or taking employment other than what is permitted;
- can meet the cost of the return journey;
The Visit (standard) route is open to entertainers, artists & musicians who want to:
- give performances as individuals or as part of a group;
- take part in competitions or auditions;
- make personal appearances & take part in promotional activities;
- attend workshops & give talks about their work;
- take part in one or more cultural events or festivals on the list of permit-free festivals in Appendix 5 to Appendix V: Immigration Rules for Visitors.
It is advisable to provide information about the activities you will be doing in the UK. This can include:
- a letter of invitation from a UK organisation or an event organiser confirming the entertainer’s attendance/ participation at the event;
- confirmation of what costs (if applicable) the UK organisation will meet & whether you will be paid or not;
- evidence of your personal & financial circumstances in your country of residence. For example, a contract of employment or a letter from your employer saying you can return to your job;
- evidence of your previous travel history (for long-term visit visa applications).
Visa nationals will be required to apply online & pay the appropriate visa fee as detailed here: www.gov.uk/st&ard-visitor-visa. Make sure to select “visit-entertainer” if your main purpose is for activities in the creative sector.
Long-term visit visas are also available for artists & entertainers who are regular visitors to the UK. They are valid for periods of 1, 2, 5 or 10 years & allow visits for up to 6 months at a time.