Dalton Harris may have just won X Factor 2018 but that doesn’t mean he can stay in the U.K.

While many people expected Dalton to hop on the next tour bus across Great Britain and to soak up the glory as he promoted his first-ever album, there is the small matter of his visa.

Here’s an explanation of Dalton Harris’s visa issue and what it may mean for him in the future.

The X Factor: SR15 on ITV
Pictured: Dalton Harris.

Dalton Harris’ Visa

As it has been well documented, Dalton flew over from the Caribbean to first audition with X Factor.

The 24-year-old left his native Jamaica and entered the U.K on a visa that only covered him for the duration of the ITV singing competition.

This was likely a ‘Visit Visa’ which allows entertainers, artists and musicians to enter the U.K to take part in competitions or auditions.

With Dalton’s X Factor journey now coming to close – albeit by winning the damn thing – he must head back to Jamaica.

Dalton told The Sun:

I need to get a new visa. I will have to leave the U.K for a bit as you’re not allowed to just stay for ever. Hopefully my visa will be sorted out quickly.

The X Factor: SR15 on ITV Pictured: Dalton Harris.

The X Factor: SR15 on ITV
Pictured: Dalton Harris.

What’s Going to Happen Next?

Fortunately, there are plenty of visa options for native Jamaican’s who want to visit or work in the U.K temporarily or permanently.

With a confirmed record deal under Simon Cowell’s Syco label, we’re sure that Dalton will be able to find a more suitable visa now he is a professional and global artist.

Dalton Harris’ Christmas Single

Dalton will be hoping that his cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s The Power of Love can break the X Factor’s Christmas No.1 hoodoo, having not had one of their artists claim the top spot in over three years.

Despite this, Dalton will not be receiving a ‘£1 million record deal’ – according to the Daily Mirror.


Since 2011, winning artists had been given a sum of around £150,000 to help support their first album.

If the new artists continue to impress, the advance rises to £237,000 for a second album and around £315,000 for a third.

new x-factor judges

However, it was also believed that the phrase ‘£1 million record deal’ stemmed from Simon Cowell’s extra helpings of cash.

Simon would throw some extra money towards the X Factor winner to help ensure that they take the prestigious U.K Christmas No.1 slot.

But without a festive No.1 in over three years, it looks like that tradition has ended.

Simon Cowell won’t be funding a ‘£1 million record deal’ and X Factor will continue to air at the start of December, as the show passes up on the opportunity to try and claim the U.K Christmas No.1 title.



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