The UK Home Office has announced the launch of a new visa route, the Sportsperson route, to replace the respective subcategories of Tier 2 and Tier 5 routes. The changes will take effect on 11 October 2021.
If you want to get this visa, you will need your endorsing body’s approval. The endorsing body must issue a confirmation that you meet all the eligibility requirements:
This is no different for those who have a Tier 2 Sportsperson visa. They already have the same requirements to comply with. But this might cause difficulties for those on the Tier 5 Sporting Worker visa who only have to comply with either of the two criteria.
As a matter of fact, a sportsperson visa is a type of a work visa. Therefore, it requires an invitation from an employer who has a sponsorship licence and has the right to hire foreign workers.
You must apply for the visa online. The processing time depends on where you are when you do:
The application fee also depends on your current location:
If your visa will be valid less than 12 months, the application fee is £244 per person regardless of where you apply from. Besides, the fee is £55 less for nationals of most European countries. However, this discount only applies to the main applicant. Their family members (spouse and children), who have the right to come with you, do not get the same discount.
You will also have to pay the immigration health surcharge (IHS) which is £624 per year of the visa duration, and prove that you have enough personal savings and/or sufficient income to support yourself and your family throughout the entire stay in the UK.
UK Sportsperson visa is granted for up to three years. It may be extended, provided you are still eligible. After living for 5 years in the UK, you can apply for an indefinite leave to remain (ILR).
Note that if you stay for less than 12 months, you don’t have to pass an English language test. Otherwise, the test is mandatory.
Under this visa route, you can:
At the same time, you cannot:
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