If you are a recognized sportsperson or qualified coach in the US, you may be able to work and live in the UK in a sporting role with a Tier 2 Sports Visa. This visa type falls under the Tier 2 Skilled Worker Visa category.

You can apply for a UK Sports Visa if you are an elite sportsperson or have plans that will benefit sports in the UK. This visa permits you to stay in the UK for up to three years. Our expert immigration lawyers can check whether you are eligible and meet the criteria of a UK Sportsperson Visa. They will do this by thoroughly checking your circumstances and documents. Your lawyer will also ensure that your visa application is prepared in the best possible way, for success.

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FAQs

What is a UK Sportsperson Visa?

To be eligible for a UK Sportsperson Visa, you must prove that you are recognized as an elite talent in your profession. You must do this by demonstrating that:

  • You are a leading sportsperson at the top level of your profession
  • You have qualifications (such as a qualified coach) to prove your status/commitment to your chosen sport
  • Your employment in the UK will benefit the sport in the UK/at an international level
  • Your chosen sport’s governing body will support your visa application

Can I stay or extend my Tier 2 Sports Visa?

You can extend a Sportsperson Visa in the UK. But, you must ensure that you renew your application months in advance before your current visa’s expiry date. Extending this visa will only allow you to stay in the UK for three more years and no more than six years.

Can I bring my family to the UK with a UK Sportsperson Visa?

Yes, on this visa type you are permitted to bring your ‘dependent family members’. These are:

  • Your husband, wife or partner
  • Your child under 18

You are also able to travel abroad from the UK and then return while on a Tier 2 Sports Visa.

Can I get another job alongside a Tier 2 Sports Visa?

Yes, you can work a second job on this visa as long as it is:

  • The same profession as your main job
  • Or a job outlined as a shortage in the UK – on the Shortage Occupation List

You can also work unpaid in a voluntary position. But, your other employment and work experiences must not impact your sports role in the UK. You also cannot begin another job until you have begun your main employment with your registered sponsor.

What services does IAS offer?

Our team of qualified immigration lawyers can help you in every step of the way towards your Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa. They can:

  • Approve and check your documents before you start your application;
  • Provide you with a reputable Letter of Representation to support your application;
  • Liaise with the UK’s government office throughout the application process;
  • Arrange meetings/documents from your UK Sponsor or governing sports body;
  • Conduct a check on your prospective employer by obtaining your Certificate of Sponsorship;
  • Complete your forms to the highest standard.

Contact one of our immigration lawyers today for custom-made advice on your application and visa status.

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We are very proud that we have changed so many of our client’s lives for the better. Here are a few of their stories:

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Gosia contacted IAS and arranged a… Read More

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