Visiting the UK
The University of Kent welcomes visitors from across the world whose visits have a positive impact on the research and teaching culture at Kent. Visitors may undertake a variety of activities including conducting research, acting as examiners and attending conferences and meetings.
If you wish to host a staff visitor, please follow the standard visiting & honorary appointment process.
If you are a visitor and would like further information about Kent, please refer to the visiting and honorary webpages.
If you wish to host a student visitor, please follow the student visitor process
Visitor Immigration Routes
- Standard Visitor visa
- Permitted Paid Engagement visa
- Temporary Worker (GAE) visa
- Marriage Visitor visa
- Visa to pass through the UK in transit
Who needs a visa?
From the 1 January 2021, EU/EEA nationals who were not resident in the UK by 31 December 2021 will require a visa to work, study or visit the UK.
Non visa nationals do not need to apply for Entry Clearance before travelling to the UK if the visit is 6 months or less undertaking some business and academic activities. Entry Clearance will be granted upon arrival at the UK border and documentation may be required to evidence that the Standard Visit visa requirements have been met. Non visa nationals visiting for more than 6 months must obtain Entry Clearance before travelling to the UK.
Visa nationals must apply for Entry Clearance before travelling to the UK.
Before travelling to the UK, visitors are advised to use the Home Office visa self-assessment tool.
Deciding which visa is appropriate will depend upon the planned activities in the UK, intended duration of the visit and any payment which will be received. If you or your visitor are unsure, please conact the HR Immigration team for further guidance.