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 UK Creative Visitor Visa: Unleash Your Creative Potential in the UK

The United Kingdom, a hub of cultural and creative dynamism, is a haven for international artists and entertainers. Facilitate your creative pursuits in the UK with Immtell’s extensive expertise in the realm of UK Creative Visitor Visas.

What is a UK Creative Visitor Visa?

The UK Creative Visitor Visa allows individuals engaged in the creative sector – including but not limited to artists, entertainers, musicians, and film crew members – to undertake short-term projects, performances, auditions, or promotional activities in the UK.

Understanding the Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the UK Creative Visitor Visa, applicants must demonstrate that they are visiting the UK for a permissible creative activity and will depart the UK at the end of the visit. Additionally, the applicant must have arranged accommodations and possess sufficient funds for their stay.


As a UK creative visa applicant, you must be able to demonstrate that you have a genuine reason for visiting the UK, can maintain and accommodate yourself during the visit and have sufficient ties to your home country to show the authorities that you have an intention to leave the UK. Although you may be sponsored by a third party, the Entry Clearance Officers (ECOs) will consider your own personal circumstances too.

It is permitted to apply for UK creative visas with a validity period of; 6 months, 2 years, 5 years or 10 years with varying applicable fees. However, the Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) has discretion and may issue a visa with a shorter validity period than applied for. Usually UK creative visit visas are valid for multiple entries to the UK during the validity period indicated on the vignette. 

The maximum time permitted to stay in the UK at any one time is 6 months. creative visits must however not lead to living in the UK through frequent and successive visits. As a starting point, the individual should not spend more than 6 months in the UK in any rolling 12-month period, although this is a guide only and not stated in the immigration rules. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry has the authority to make an assessment on the individual’s intentions which can lead to creative visitor visas being cancelled and refusal of entry to the UK.

It is not possible to add dependant family members to a UK creative visitor visa application.  However, they may submit their own application which will usually be processed at the same time as the ‘main applicant’.

All applications submitted in accordance with the UK Standard Visitor Rules must be made from outside of the UK.

UKVI aim to process creative visit visas as follows:

Visa applications submitted outside of the UK:

  • Standard processing: 15 working days
  • Priority Service processing: 5 working days


Important: UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) do not guarantee processing times and delays do occur. We advise that you do not book any non refundable travel until your visa has been approved and your work visa is in your possession.  Priority services can be suspended without notice and may not be available at the time of application.

The UKVI application fees are as follows:

  • Up to 6 months: £115
  • Up to 2 years: £400
  • Up to 5 years: £771
  • Up to 10 years: £963

Our professional fee will depend on the level of service you require. Please see the options below or contact us for further information.

The Role of Immtell in Your Creative Journey

At Immtell, we are passionate about supporting your creative endeavors in the UK. Our team of immigration experts is equipped to guide you through the complexities of the UK Creative Visitor Visa application process. We provide end-to-end assistance, ensuring that your application is prepared correctly and processed smoothly.

Choose Immtell: Your Trusted Partner in Creative Visa Applications

Choosing Immtell means choosing a hassle-free visa application experience. With our comprehensive digital resources, expert advice, and dedicated support, we aim to make your journey towards obtaining a UK Creative Visitor Visa as straightforward as possible.