The Tier 2 - Sportsperson Visa is for internationally established elite level sportspersons or coaches with a job offer in the United Kingdom. Applicants would be expected to make a significant contribution to the development of their chosen sport in the UK.
Applicants who are granted temporary residence under the Tier 2 - Sportsperson Visa are permitted to live and work in the UK for the duration of their employment, for a maximum three (3) year period, or the time given in your certificate of sponsorship, whichever is shorter.
The basic requirement for this visa is to score a minimum of 70 points for attributes including sponsorship, English language and available maintenance funds. Applicants for the Tier 2 - Sportsperson Visa will be required to obtain endorsement from their sport’s governing body as a sportsperson or coach, internationally established at the highest level.
In the first instance, a prospective sponsor will apply to the UK Border Agency in order to be granted a licence. When successfully licensed, a sponsor can apply for a number of certificates of sponsorship, which they can then present to the people whom they intend to sponsor. Once a prospective employee has been allocated a certificate of sponsorship, he or she will be eligible to apply for UK entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK.
The Tier 2 - Sportsperson Visa is issued for an initial maximum period of three (3) years. Upon successfully holding a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa for a total of five (5) years, individuals may be entitled to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). ILR entitles individuals to permanent residency in as well as visa-free travel to and from the UK. ILR holders may also be able to sponsor their non-British relatives into the UK and may also ultimately be eligible to apply for British citizenship. Eligible dependants may also qualify to be included and upon obtaining the visa, may be entitled to work or study without any restrictions.
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