UK Sports Visitor Visa
A Sports visitor visa is for sportspeople, support staff and officials who want to come to the UK to participate in a sporting event, competition or related activity.
Sportspeople, support staff or officials who do not meet the sports visitor visa requirements or who may be considered employed (paid or unpaid) for their visit may be eligible for a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa or Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) visa.Assessment
Sports Visitor Visa Requirements
To qualify for a Sports visitor visa, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be participating in a sporting event, competition or related activity in the UK.
Sporting activities include:
- Participating in a charity, exhibition or competitive sports event, tournament or series of events;
- Joining an amateur sports team;
- Making a personal or promotional appearance;
- Negotiating a contract or sponsorship deal;
- Participating in a trial or short period of training, either as part of a team or as an individual.
Sportspeople, their officials and support staff coming to the UK as a visitor cannot be paid or sell goods or services to members of the public.
Visitor visa applicants must intend to visit the UK for no more than 6 months and show that they have enough money for their stay in the UK and their return or onward journey.
Visitor visa applicants may also be required to meet certain health and character requirements.Assessment
Sports Visitor Visa Entitlements
A Sports visitor visa entitles the holder to participate in sporting event, competition or related event in the UK. A Sports visitor visa is usually granted for a maximum of 6 months and holders are expected to leave the UK at the end of their permission to stay. In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to switch into a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) visa of the points-based system as a sports visitor.
A visitor visa does not entitle the holder to work, conduct business or study in the UK. This means a sports visitor to the UK cannot receive payment for their appearance in the UK or sell goods, such as merchandise, to the public.Assessment
To see a full listing of our fees and services, Sports Visitors Visa processing times and application costs please visit our FAQ page.
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A Tourist visa allows visa nationals to travel to the UK to experience British culture, sites and traditions.
A Business Visitor visa is for business people to travel to the UK for a short business trip.
A Family Visitor visa is designed for relatives to travel to the UK to visit their family members.
A Marriage Visitor visa allows couples to travel to the UK to get married or register a civil partnership.
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