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You can apply for a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa if all of the following apply:

  • you're an elite sportsperson or qualified coach, who's recognised by your sport's governing body as being at the highest level of your profession internationally
  • your sport's governing body is endorsing your application
  • your employment will develop your sport in the UK at the highest level
  • you're from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements

What you can and cannot do

You can:

  • work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
  • do a second job in certain circumstances
  • play for your national team in the UK
  • work as a sports broadcaster
  • do voluntary work
  • study as long as it does not interfere with the job you're sponsored for
  • travel abroad and return to the UK
  • bring family members with you

You cannot:

  • get public funds
  • start or run a business
  • apply for a second job until you've started working for your sponsor

Eligibility

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
  • have tuberculosis test results if you're from a listed country

You need to have an eligible qualification if you're switching from a Tier 4 visa.

Certificate of sponsorship

A certificate of sponsorship holds your personal details and information about the job you've been offered. It's an electronic record, not a paper document. Your sponsor will give you a certificate of sponsorship reference number to add to your application. You can only use your certificate of sponsorship reference number once. You must use it 3 months after getting it.

Personal savings

You must have £945 in your bank account for 90 days before the date you apply.

You will not need this money if you have either a:

  • fully approved (‘A-rated') sponsor who can give you at least £945 to cover your costs for a month if you need it (your sponsor must confirm this on the certificate of sponsorship)
  • Tier 2 visa and you're applying from within the UK

Extend your visa

You can apply to extend your stay in the UK under a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa. You should include any dependants who are on your current visa on your application to extend. This includes children who have turned 18 during your stay. They'll also need to submit a separate application. You should apply before your current visa expires.

Eligibility

You must have your endorsement by your sport's governing body renewed and a new certificate of sponsorship reference number.

Switch to this visa

You can apply to change (‘switch') from another visa to a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa. You should apply before your current visa expires.

Eligibility

You must meet the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) eligibility requirements and you must already be in the UK under any of the following visas or schemes:

  • Tier 1 visa
  • Tier 2 (General) visa
  • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa
  • Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010 and you're applying to change sponsor
  • Tier 4 visa - if you have an eligible qualification or you've done at least 12 months of a PhD
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting) for a job as a professional footballer

You can also switch to this visa if you meet the eligibility requirements and you're a:

  • dependent partner of someone with a Tier 4 visa
  • representative of an overseas business

You must leave the UK and make your Tier 2 (Sportsperson) application from abroad if you're not in any of these categories.

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