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Free Movement of People: Musicians

Home Office written question – answered on 19th February 2020.

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Photo of Kate Osamor Kate Osamor Labour/Co-operative, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to maintain freedom of movement for live performing and touring musicians after the end of the transition period.

Photo of Kate Osamor Kate Osamor Labour/Co-operative, Edmonton

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of a musicians’ passport for live performing and touring musicians after the end of the transition period.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Free Movement will end on 31 December 2020 with the end of the Transition Period. Following the end of the Transition Period EEA and Swiss nationals will be able to continue to travel to the UK for holidays or short-term trips, without needing a visa. The current Immigration Rules, including those for visitors, contain a wide range of provisions to cater for artists, entertainers and musicians.

The Home Office is currently engaging with other government departments, including DCMS, to ensure the future immigration system continues to support the thriving cultural sector in the UK.

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