I am travelling to the UK for a job interview soon and my prospective employer will be reimbursing my expenses. I have a New Zealand passport and have visited the UK several times in the past without incident and without needing a visa. However, I do not have the right to work in the UK. I am worried that I will have trouble at the border, since I am showing an intent to work in the UK. I know the UK is very strict.

What should I do to minimize the chance that I have problems at the UK border when visiting for a job interview without a visa and without a right to work? Am I likely to have problems? Obviously, I would get a work visa if I got the job.

(There are other questions about visiting the UK for a job interview, but these do not cover individuals who can travel to the UK without a visa.)

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You are a non-visa national wanting to visit the UK for a job interview. You are worried (and rightfully so) that you might get some stick at the control point.

The first step is to go to Appendix 3 of Appendix V called "Permitted Activities". See if what you want to do is listed (hint: it is). Make a print out of Appendix 3 with your proposed activities highlighted. Making a print out is not necessary but may increase your comfort.

The next step is to go to the wizard at Check if you need a UK visa and follow it through to the last page. There you will find a link to the supporting documents list.

Keep following the links until you arrive at the full Supporting Documents Guide. Bring as many of those as are relevant to you.

Following these steps you'll be fine and well prepared for your landing interview.

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    Thanks! I think this is the correct first link: gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/… It says "A visitor may: (a) attend meetings, conferences, seminars, interviews;" That sounds good.
    – hgesta
    Commented May 18, 2017 at 21:39

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