Permitted Paid Engagement Visa

The Permitted Paid Engagements (PPE) Visitor route is for individuals invited to come to the UK because of their particular skills or expertise. These individuals can come to the UK for up to one month to undertake pre-arranged engagements for which they must be paid; however, there is no specified level of payment that must be made.


PPE Visitors do not require a Certificate of Sponsorship from the University, but will require a formal letter of invitation from the University to be able to enter the UK under this route, whether they are applying for a visa in advance of travelling to the UK or for ‘leave to enter’ at their UK port of entry. Visitors will also be required to satisfy Immigration Officers that the pre-arranged engagement relates to their area of expertise and/or qualifications and to their occupation overseas.

Who can come to the University as a PPE Visitor?

Only the following groups of individuals are able to come to the University under the Permitted Paid Engagement (PPE) Visitor route to undertake one or more of the following paid activities:

  • Visiting lecturers – lecturers invited to give one or a short series of paid lectures in their field of expertise, as long as this is not a part-time or full-time role
  • Visiting examiners or assessors – academics who are highly qualified in their field of expertise to examine students or participate in and/or chair a selection panel as part of the institution’s quality assurance processes.

The paid engagement must relate to the individual’s area of expertise and/or qualifications and must relate to their main occupation overseas. 


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