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How do cast and crew get sponsorship for work in the UK?
We’ve been doing this for a decade now and have made the process seamless and straightforward. Here’s a summary, as told through our PPP structure:

Planning

We get to know the production:

  • What is it – film, TV, studio, genre, production team, location and UK-based stages?
  • When is it - pre-production, principal photography, post-production?
  • Who’s coming – confirmed cast and crew, accompanying family or entourage; what are the dates for arrival and departure?
  • We create a plan and start to schedule the required applications; we talk the production through the processes, send the over the forms to be completed and outline the documents they’ll need to submit.

Pre-Entry

  • We review applications and raise any issues with the production; asking for the essential paper work of each applicant.
  • We schedule the applications according to arrival dates and notify the production when applications will be processed.
  • We arrange biometrics appointments for those who require them and setup additional services, such as meet and greet.
  • We send the production full details of their appointments including instructions of the process.

Post-Entry

  • We work collaboratively with productions and the UK Visas and Immigration department (UKVI) branch of the Home Office to ensure all UK immigration requirements are met.  
  • We file work permits: CoS stamps and visa visuals and we reach out to productions to retrieve any outstanding items.   
  • We maintain the mandatory records of sponsored workers’ UK residence and work addresses.  
  • We keep the production appraised of permit validity and constraints of their visa.   
  • We keep the Home Office updated on any changes with any sponsored workers including when they leave the UK helping to insure the production is fully compliant with its obligations.  
  • We are an Approved Collection Location for Biometric Residence Permits.  
  • We work directly with our premium contacts at the UKVI to rectify permits that have not been correctly activated or delivered.