If you are an international sportsperson or qualified coach you may be able to work in a sporting role in the UK with a Tier 2 UK Sportsperson Visa. This visa is applicable if you are recognised by your sport’s governing body as being an elite member of your profession.

This visa is judged as part of the points-based system (PBS) and is under the Tier 2 Skilled Worker Visa category. It allows you to enter and live in the UK as a foreign national for a maximum of three years. This is provided you work within a role in which you will make an exceptional difference to your sport in the UK.

Our expert immigration lawyers can help you understand if you are eligible for a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa. We can arrange and organise your Certificate of Sponsorship and liaise with your UK Sponsor and Governing Sports Body. Our services also include thorough document checks and the completion of your application form. Contact us on 0333 363 8577 or make an enquiry online to arrange a consultation with one of our immigration lawyers on your UK Sports Visa.

FAQs

Am I eligible for a UK Sportsperson Visa?

To be eligible for a UK Sportsperson Visa, you must be able to prove all of the following:

  • you are an elite sportsperson or qualified coach;
  • you are recognised by your sport’s governing body as being at the top level of your profession;
  • your sport’s governing body is eligible to employ foreign workers and will endorse your visa application;
  • your employment will positively impact your sport in the UK at an international level.

Can I extend a Tier 2 Sports Visa?

There is a possibility to extend a Sportsperson Visa in the UK and you can apply for this extension when your current visa is close to expiring. An extension will allow you to stay in the country for an additional three years if granted.

Can I get a second job with a Tier 2 UK Sports Visa?

Yes – you can work or do voluntary work for a second employer while in the UK on a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa. However, this work cannot impact your role as a sportsperson and you must not begin this job until you have begun working for your registered sponsor.

How can IAS help?

Our team of expert immigration lawyers can help you find out if you are eligible for a Tier 2  Sportsperson Visa.

Our services include:

  • approving your documents as sufficient before beginning your application;
  • providing you with a Letter of Representation to accompany your application. This letter gives details on the merits of your case and includes relevant UK immigration laws in support of your application;
  • mediating with the Home Office during your application process;
  • arranging and liaising with your UK Sponsor/governing sports body;
  • ensuring your employer has correctly undertaken the Resident Labour Test;
  • obtaining your Certificate of Sponsorship; and
  • completing your application using the correct forms to the highest standard.

Contact one of our immigration advisers using our online enquiry form or by calling 0333 363 8577 now for tailored information on your enquiry and application for a UK Sportsperson Visa.

Pages that many be of interest

Tier 2 Visas Sponsorship Licences Application Package

Our Sportsperson Visa Packages

Advice Package

Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to your circumstances and goals

Select

Application Package

Designed to make your visa application as successful, smooth and stress-free as possible

Select

Fast Track Package

Premium application service that ensures your visa application is submitted to meet your deadline

Select

Appeal Package

Ensure you have the greatest chance of a successful appeal. We will represent you in any hearings/tribunals

Select

A few of

our experienced

immigration lawyers

Case studies

We are proud to have changed lives for the better. Here are some of their stories:

Parents Visiting in the UK

Harriet is dual Canadian-British Citizen who was currently living in the UK. She needed guidance on whether her Canadian Citizen parents would need a visa to enter the UK… Read More

Joginder: Tier 2 to Tier 4

Joginder is a Kenyan National who had been working in the UK under a Tier 2 Visa.
Although he was given the option to extend his Tier 2 Visa, he… Read More

Priyanka: Family Visa

Priyanka was an Indian National who wanted to visit her daughter, of whom she had had very little contact with, in the UK.
However, she was unsure of what the… Read More

Teri: Proposed Civil Partner Visa

Teri is a Malayasia National who met her partner Linda online. The couple met up for the first time in the UK and shortly became engaged. Linda was unsure about… Read More

Shinya: Tier 2 Work Visa Application Assistance

Shinya, a Japanese National, was offered a placement in a UK based company. The company already held a Sponsorship Licence and was able to give Shinya a Certificate of… Read More

Martha: Returning to the UK

Martha was a French citizen who was married to a Pakistani citizen. Following the death of her husband shortly after their first child, Martha wanted to return to the UK… Read More

Latest reviews

Katherine

Excellent service! Would definitely recommend to anyone needing help with immigration issues. Our lawyer was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.

Emilly
Our visa was approved! We had Irfan Waheed and he was very thorough and always available to help. Very happy… Read More
Bob L
Nasreen Ali was very professional and knowledgeable who dealt with our case extremely well. Parminder Kaur was just excellent at… Read More

Latest news

High Court suspends immigration deportations after legal challenge Read More

2019 Certificate of Sponsorship Renewal Deadline Now Just One Month Away Read More

All information on this page has been reviewed by an OISC accredited immigration adviser and was

Last Updated on