The next Commonwealth Games will be hosted by Glasgow in 2014 and will see the return of an exciting atmosphere similar to the Olympic Games in 2012. The international, multi-sport event will involve 71 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth nations and territories and will take place from 23 July 2014 to 3 August 2014.
Individuals needing a visa to prepare for the Games can now apply for a Commonwealth Games visitor visa. The commonwealth games visa will allow multiple entries to the UK with a maximum stay of 6 months for a single visit. Individuals will be given leave to enter the UK until 3 September 2014.
Commonwealth Games Visitor Visa / Accreditation Card
To make the Commonwealth Games more accessible, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has introduced a special kind of visa for people from Commonwealth countries. Participants in the Games will need to provide a letter from the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee to confirm their Games-related role. They will need to have been qualified (granted accreditation) to participate. If you are coming to the UK as a spectator, you may need to obtain a commonwealth games visitor visa before you travel.
Glasgow Games Family Members – Visa Exemption Accreditation
Those coming to the UK as an athlete, coach, official of a sporting body or accredited member of the media may not need a visa. Instead, the UKBA has introduced a new system for Games Family Members whereby if they are traveling to the UK between 4 March 2014 and 3 September 2014, the UKBA will accept a Commonwealth Games Accreditation Card which accompanied by a valid passport will be accepted at the UK border instead of a visa.
Commonwealth Games Visa Application Centres
In order to apply for a Commonwealth Games Accreditation Card, visitors will need to enrol their biometric information (facial imaging and fingerprints) at Home Office’s visa application centres around the world from October 2014.
Successful Visit Visas for 2014 Commonwealth Games
The deadline for applying for an Accreditation card will be on 28 April 2014, so if you wish to visit the UK for the Games you will need to start making plans now.
Our team of experienced and professionally qualified immigration solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of making this application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of law.
Contact us so that we can review your case and provide you with an assessment.