UK Visitor Visa –Entertainer
This route is for professionals as well as amateur entertainers coming to the UK to perform in competitions, festivals or take part in non-profit performances and auditions. Support and technical staff who help out in the smooth functioning of these events can also avail this visa.
Here is a list of requirements to be met before you apply for this visa.
You can apply for this Visa under these conditions.
- You are a professional entertainer
- You do not belong to European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
- You pass the basic eligibility requirements
You must be coming to the UK for the following.
- You should be participating in 1 or more specific performances as part of a group
- You should be performing at major festivals and cultural events
- You should be part of a musical competition
- You must be part of s technical support at the same event as the performer when you obtain an Entertainer Visitor Visa
You will eligible for payments under these circumstances
- If you are a performer at an event from the permit-free festival list
- If you win a prize money in a music competition
If you are performing for other paid events like theatre tour, you should apply for Tier 5 temporary Worker Creative and Sporting Visa instead.
- Valid Passport
- Passport size colour photographs
- Proof showing availability of funds to support your trip or that your parents will be financially supporting your trip to the UK
- Travel details, where do to intend to stay, etc
- Tuberculosis Test Results from the country you belong to
You should also have the following documents.
- Invitation to perform at a festival or event
- Letter from your sponsors
You will get a decision on your visa in 3 weeks. The processing of your visa takes up to 3 months.
In case you want to switch or prolong your stay, you switch from your current visa to Tier 5 Temporary Worker Creative and Sporting Visa.
In case you are a regular visitor in the UK, you can apply for long-term visa. Your maximum stay in each visit is 6 months, while your visa can vary from 1 year up to 10 years.
Dos and Don’ts
Once you are eligible for the visa and have migrated to the UK, there are a few dos and don’ts that you must be aware of. Here are a few tips that might come handy.
- You can stay in the UK for 6 months (maximum)
- You can perform at cultural events an festivals mentioned on the permit free festival list
- As a famous overseas performer, you can be part of broadcasts or public appearances
- Your visa is applicable even after you have turned 18 during your trip
- You can take part in an audition without an audience
- You can be part of a charity show as long as you are not getting paid for it
- You can’t live in the UK for extended periods even through frequent visits to the UK
- You can’t get Public Funds
- You can neither work or sell any kind of goods or merchandise
- You can’t study
- You can’t get private medical treatment
- You can’t marry or register a civil partnership
- You can’t get your family members on your application. They should apply separately.