Tier 2 Sportsperson

The Tier 2 Sportsperson route of the Points Based System is for elite sports people and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level. Applicants under this Tier 2 Sportsperson visa would be expected to make a significant contribution to the development of their chosen sport in the UK. The company sponsoring you will need to issue you with a certificate of sponsorship and will need to ensure that the salary on offer and your qualifications will enable you to satisfy the immigration rules. You will be granted temporary residence in the UK and will be permitted to live and work for the duration of your employment or the time given in your certificate of sponsorship.

How we can help with Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application?

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 assist you with the preparation of your a Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules. We will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful application and avoiding the unnecessary expense of resubmitting your Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application to the Home Office.

 Tier 2 Sportsperson visa requirements

For Tier 2 Sportsperson visa  you need to:

  • have a valid certificate of sponsorship for your job
  • prove your knowledge of English
  • have personal savings so you can support yourself when you arrive in the UK
  • show you can travel and your travel history over the last 5 years


Documents you must provide for Tier 2 Sportsperson visa

When you apply for tier 2 sportsperson visa you’ll need to provide:

  • your certificate of sponsorship reference number
  • proof of your knowledge of English
  • a bank or building society statement or letter that shows you have enough personal savings
  • a current passport or travel document to prove you can travel – you need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa
  • expired passports or travel documents if you need them to show your travel history
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a listed country
  • a letter of endorsement from your sport’s governing body, if you’re applying as a sportsperson or coach

If your documents aren’t in English or Welsh you’ll need to send a certified translation.

You might need to provide more documents depending on your circumstances.


Endorsement from your UK Sponsor

In addition to scoring points under the Tier 2 Sportsperson visa 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.

Football Players Applying under Tier 2 Sportsperson

If you are a football player sponsored by a club in the UK, you will not need to make a new application if you move on loan to another club in the UK. However, if you are permanently transferred to another football club in the UK, then you must submit a new Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application and for this, you will be required to have a new Certificate of Sponsorship and a new endorsement from a governing body.

Benefits of a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa

With Tier 2 Sportsperson visa you can enjoy following benefits:

  • A potential route for settlement in the UK;
  • Tier 2 sportsperson visa 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 naturalize as a UK citizen.

Why we provide the best legal advice for Tier 2 Sportsperson Visas

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

Expert immigration

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including tier 2 sportsperson visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making an application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application process.

Contact us for successful Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa applications

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of Tier 2 Sportsperson visa 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 consultation 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 online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181