Practical Advice for Artist Visas to the UK

As part of the London Book Fair programme of events, lawyers Richmond Chambers give insight into the visa application process.


Please note: you must have a pass to the London Book Fair in order to attend this talk. 

Wednesday 11 Mar 2020,10:00 - 11:00

As the UK’s international cultural relations body, British Council facilitate collaborative exchange between artists and arts organisations in the UK and overseas.  In this context we are frequently asked for advice in relation to Visas. Drawing on these insights, this practical workshop, to be led by leading global mobility and immigration lawyers Richmond Chambers, will provide guidance on the main immigration routes together with practical information to assist with the process.

The event will cover:

Understanding the criteria for the different UK Visa options available to foreign nationals engaged in the creative industries, in particular for.

  • Short term visits.
  • Longer term stay.
  • Routes leading to permanent residence (indefinite leave to remain) in the UK.

How to navigate the main immigration routes and determine the most suitable route.

How to plan, prepare and work most effectively with the Visa application process, to include:

  • Applications for individuals, groups, and on behalf of large and small receiving or sponsoring organisations.
  • Planning for single events, festivals, or long-term projects.
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Find out more


The Speakers

Dr. Catherine Taroni

Dr. Catherine Taroni assists both business and individual clients across a broad range of immigration matters, including applications or appeals ranging from the points-based system, family migration, EEA, nationality, asylum to human rights claims.

Catherine is well placed to guide workers and businesses through the immigration process and has assisted many creative clients - including artists, musicians, performers, academics - to visit or move to the UK.  She has significant experience in guiding clients through the most complex situations to ensure a smooth and efficient process.
Prior to joining Richmond Chambers, Catherine undertook her doctoral research in EU free movement law at Durham University, and has useful insight into the world of academic publishing.

Geraldine (Geri) Peterson

Geri has specialised in immigration law since 1999. She has an established reputation for preparing high quality visa and immigration applications and appeals for foreign nationals seeking leave to enter or remain in the UK.

Before her legal studies and call to the Bar, Geri had successful careers in the theatre (as an actor and director) and in the Fine Art market, and served on Equity’s panel advising on the grants of visas to visiting foreign artists. This experience has given her a sound and sympathetic understanding of the concerns of artists and performers who wish to visit or work in the UK, and of host organisations seeking to issue invitations to foreign artists to come to the UK.

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