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Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa

The Tier 2 Sportsperson category is for elite sportspeople and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level and will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport. Your application will need to be endorsed by your sport's governing body.

When you apply you are awarded points based on your:

  • certificate of sponsorship;

  • English language skills;

  • and available maintenance (funds).

In order for a Certificate of Sponsorship to be issued, your sponsor will need to have obtained an endorsement for you from the appropriate governing body for your sport. The endorsement will confirm that:

  • you are internationally established as a player or coach at the highest level; and

  • you will make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest level in the UK; and

  • you intend to be based in the UK for the duration of your permission to stay; and

  • your post could not be filled by a suitable settled worker.

Endorsement from your UK Sponsor

In addition to scoring points under this category, your sponsor will also need to obtain an endorsement for you from the appropriate governing body for your sport which confirms that:

  • You are internationally established as a player-coach at the highest level

  • You will make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest level in the UK

  • You intend to be based in the UK for the duration of your permission to stay; and

  • Your post could not be filled by a suitable settled worker.

Benefits of a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa

  • Potential route for settlement in the UK

  • Tier 2 applicants may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK or for permanent residence after living in the UK for 5 years; and

  • Candidates may be able to naturalise as a UK citizen.

ILR Tier 2 Sportsperson

An application for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) can be submitted to the Home Office, UKBA on completion of five years under the Tier 2 Sportsperson Category (with a combination of Work Permit category). The applicant has to show that he has been working throughout the period of his stay in the UK under Tier 2 Sportsperson category for the employer who sponsored his stay in the UK. The applicant should also get a letter from the employer who sponsored his stay in the UK confirming that the applicant has been working for him/her and further that the applicant is still needed for the job for which he was sponsored to stay in the UK. The application Form SET (O) is used to submit the application.

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If you would like to apply for a Tier 2 visa as a sportsperson or if you are a sport's organisation, and require specific legal advice on applying under this category, you can either e-mail us on info@icslegal.com or you can complete our visa assessment form by clicking here. You can also contact our dedicated Client Support Team on 0207 237 3388 to get information on how ICS Legal can support you in this visa category. 

 

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