Tier 2 Sportsperson Visas

The Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa enables elite level sportspersons and coaches from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to come to the UK to develop their chosen sport. Our team are specialists at assisting clubs, individuals and sports agents through the visa application process and advising on their compliance duties.

If you are an elite sportsperson or qualified coach and wish to come to the UK to develop your sport, you may qualify for a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa. 
The sport's governing body must recognise you as being at the highest level of your profession internationally. You will also need to be endorsed by your sport's governing body before applying for a visa.
Applicants for this permit are expected to make a major contribution to the development of their sport while living and working in Britain.

Our experienced solicitors understand the unique position of elite sportspersons and have a comprehensive knowledge of the UK's immigration rules and procedures.

We will make sure you get the visa as quickly and efficiently as possible, so you are free to take advantage of opportunities.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for a Tier 2 Sportsperson visa, the applicant will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration eligibility requires and must:

  • Be recognised by the sport’s governing body as an elite sportsperson or qualified coach
  • Endorsed by the sport’s governing body
  • Have a certificate of sponsorship from their approved sponsor
  • Know English to the CEFR Level A1 (speaking and listening)
  • Have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds

There are additional criteria which may apply depending on your circumstances. As part of our service, we will assess your situation and provide advice on which requirements you need to achieve including a bespoke documentation list.


Sponsorship and Endorsement

The sponsor is the organisation that wishes to employ the applicant; it must be registered with the UK Border Agency and have a sponsorship license before it can issue the applicant with a certificate of sponsorship.

If you are applying for a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa, the governing body of the applicant’s chosen sport must have endorsed the applicant.

Length and conditions of stay in the UK

Applicants are permitted to do the following:
  • Bring family members to the UK as dependants
  • Have a second job in the same profession and at the same level as their main job for up to 20 hours per week
  • Study, as long as it does not interfere with the job they are sponsored for
  • Travel abroad and return to the UK
  • Volunteer
  • Work for the sponsor in the job described in the certificate of sponsorship

Applicants cannot:

  • Receive public funds
  • Start working before they get a visa

If your application for a Tier 2 Sportsperson visa is approved, your first visa can be valid for a maximum of 3 years. Tier 2 visa holders can apply to extend their stay by a further three years. Individuals may also be able to use to settle in the UK. 

Sportspersons and coaches may bring family members (known as dependents) to live with them while working in the UK. Your partner and any children under the age of 18 may accompany you as your dependants.

Our experts will carefully assess your situation to ensure you apply for the most appropriate visa.

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Our Expertise

Our specialist Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa solicitors will be by your side throughout all stages of your visa application. They will discuss your circumstances and present you with options on how to proceed.
Legal advice should always be sought before an application is submitted, the case must be argued well and in detail to show evidence that you meet the requirements.

Why Choose Us?

Our solicitors have many years of experience in dealing with all types of visa matters. They will expertly guide you in all aspects of your immigration and are ideally positioned to explain any complexities and can represent your position robustly in order to achieve your desired outcome. We have helped many individuals across the country through the sensitive and complex process of visa applications.

How to Get in Contact

Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at for further information and advice about our family visa application services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.

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