Entertainment Visa is a certificate issued by the UK missions abroad for candidates interested in taking participation in the events organized for either charity or for otherwise. Basically choreographers, stage managers and designers apply for this visa. Entertainment Visa gives you permission to enter the country for taking part in the events but after the events are over then the person concerned has to leave the country.
A prospective candidate for Entertainment Visa must have got proof of the selection for the event going to take place in UK. He should also have an original letter of invitation as well as a letter of the employer which states that he can rejoin his original job after his return. He/She can apply for this visa if he/she are going to take part in the event or going for giving an audition. A professional entertainer can also apply for the same visa who wants to take part in the music competitions. They should not get involved in any kind of activity apart from entertainment. Also, he/she must be able to convince the authorities that he would return to their country after completion of the event and not take up a job in the UK.
If a person under 18 years of age is applying for an entertainment visa then he/she must have a letter containing the guardian agreement and the arrangements for his/her care at the place where he/she is going to stay. In case of children two types of children can apply for an entertainment visa and they are Accompanied Child and Unaccompanied Child. In case of Accompanied child he can only travel when he got the name of an adult on his visa and in the latter case he can travel alone or with any adult.
Interested candidates can apply for an entertainment visa either through post, courier, in person or online. He can also collect the application form free of cost from Visa Application Centers (VAC) set up throughout the world to make it more convenient for people to apply for a UK visa. After the submission of the application form the Visa Application Centers (VAC) will send your application to the country UK mission which has every right to decide whether to give the visa.
Prospective candidates can be denied visa if they give wrong information, regarding the age proof or unable to deposit the original invitation letter. The prospective candidate can also be denied visa if they are unable to show the required liquid assets to fulfill their daily needs.
Normally, the duration of an entertainment visa is not more than 06 months. However, entertainment visa can be extended in cases where the prospective candidate wants to stay in the country after the completion of the event. For that, he has to apply for Further Leave to Remain (FLR).
After completion of the event, the prospective candidate can also apply for along term visa, which is issued for two years, five years or ten years. Also, the candidate on an entertainment visa can prolong his stay in the country by applying for long term visa if he/she gets a specific job offer from a British company.