Tier 2 UK Visa Options for Non – EEA national Sportspersons

The Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa is designed to accommodate elite sports personnel from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. In recent years domestic sport in the UK has been privileged to welcome international sports people and coaches from all around the world, helping their chosen sport to successful triumphs. We briefly outline below the options available to non EEA sport’s persons seeking entry into the UK. 

UK Visa Options for non-EEA national Sportspersons

Applicants applying under the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) route must ensure they are internationally recognised at the highest level and contribute to the development of their chosen sport.

Sports people, who intend on staying for less than 12 months in the UK, can make an application under a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker- Creative and Sporting) visa. Our team of expert lawyers can assist with the preparation and submission of a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) or a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker- Creative and Sporting) visa and ensure your application is submitted in accordance with the Home Office’s requirements. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful application.

Tier 2 Sportsperson or Tier 5 Creative worker

To make an application under the Tier 2 Sportsperson visa route, the Applicant would be expected to make a significant contribution to the development of their chosen sport in the UK. You will only be eligible for this visa if you

  • Have a certificate of sponsorship reference number from your sponsor;
  • Meet the English requirement; and you must
  • Have £945 in savings. To prove that you can support yourself.

Applicants may apply for Tier 2 (Sportsperson) Visa, 3 months before the start of their employment. It is crucial to obtain the correct guidance  prior to submitting your application due to stringent requirements set out in the immigration rules. Previously English Premier League footballers such as Marcos Rojo of Manchester United and Joel Campbell of Arsenal FC have faced the thorough checks by Home Office caseworkers before being eventually granted a Tier 2 (Sportsperson visa).

The other option available to sports stars looking to stay in the UK for under 12 months is the Tier 5 (Temporary worker) visa. You can apply for a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting) visa if:

Contact us for successful Tier 2 (Sportsperson) or Tier 5 (Temporary Worker- Creative and Sporting) Visa applications

There are exemptions to the above which is something that can be explored with our expert Immigration Solicitors. If you wish to apply for a Tier 2 Sportsperson visa we can help you with your application and queries. Our expert team of lawyers can assess your matter in more detail to ensure that you are eligible for this UK visa route under the Immigration Rules and assist you in the preparation of  the application.

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone case assessment even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our legal case assessment form and we will get in touch or call us now on 0845 8622 529 for a free telephone assessment and free case assessment.


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