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The list of permit free festivals is set out in Appendix 5 to Appendix V of the Immigration Rules. Festivals and events which are included on this list are able to invite entertainers or artists to take part in their event without the need to issue a certificate of sponsorship under the points-based system. The performers can exceptionally be paid for their participation in the festival under the Standard Visitor route. Where entertainers or artists are established professionals it may also be possible for them to use the Permitted Paid Engagement visitor route.
Festivals that wish to be included on the permit free festival list must send their applications for inclusion by 13 January 2019 if the festival is scheduled to start between 7 April 2019 and 6 April 2020.
2. Requirements for inclusion on the list of permit free festivals
Festivals and events which are not currently listed in Appendix 5 to Appendix V of the Immigration Rules must:
- have been established for at least 3 years
- have had an audience of at least 15,000 for each of the last 3 festivals
- have an expected audience of at least 15,000 throughout the forthcoming event
- have at least 15 non-European Economic Area (EEA) performers who have performed at each of the last 3 festivals
- have at least 15 non-EEA performers who have been invited for the current year
3. Documents required in support of an application
In support of an application you must have:
- paper copies of the event brochures or programmes for the last 3 years
- a letter from the Arts Council, or another such body if they support the event
- press cuttings relating to the event for the last 3 years
- confirmation of ticket sales and attendance details for the last 3 years
- a letter from the local police or licensing authority concerning the cultural event or festival
- names, dates of birth and nationalities of all non-EEA performers for the last 3 years and for the forthcoming event
- the group name, where there is one, of any group of performers invited, and the names, dates of birth and nationalities of the individual members of that group for the last 3 years and for the forthcoming event
- other additional evidence if requested by the Home Office
4. Submit your application
Evidence should be sent electronically to the permit free festival admin inbox. Large documents should be sent as zip files.
Hard copies of brochures or programmes can be sent to:
Visit and Visa Policy
Border Security and Visa Policy
2nd Floor Peel
2 Marsham Street
If festival organisers have a query about these provisions please contact the permit free festival admin inbox.