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Cultural Festivals

Volume 710: debated on Monday 27 April 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how they will ensure that competitors in cultural festivals have no difficulty entering the United Kingdom. [HL2922]

The Immigration Rules provide for visiting entertainers to come to the United Kingdom to participate in certain major arts festivals, music competitions and charity events, normally under Tier five of the new points based system.

In order to enter the United Kingdom, foreign nationals subject to immigration control need to satisfy the immigration or entry clearance officer that they meet the requirements of the rules under which they are seeking entry. Full guidance is publicly available on both the UKBA and visa services websites.