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International Sportsperson Visa

Sports coaches and sportspersons who hold the highest level of recognition in their sport are eligible for the International Sportsperson visa. An appropriate UK sports governing body must endorse you and sponsor you on a short- or long-term basis.

There are two types of visas for international athletes: ones with a duration of no more than twelve months, or ones with a duration exceeding twelve months.

In the international sportsperson category, a sportsperson who is granted leave for a period longer than 12 months has a pathway to settlement. Children or a partner of an applicant may accompany or join the applicant. 

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  • Make a new application, apply for your dependents to join you, wish to extend your visa, become settled or challenge an unfair decision…
  • UK Immigration Solicitors can provide you with expert advice, guidance and legal representation to meet your needs.
  • Unsure about whether your plans would meet the requirements or whether you are likely to face any challenges?
  • We can assess your individual circumstances and confirm what your options are through a free case assessment.
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Who is eligible for the International Sportsperson visa?

UK Visas & Immigration requires the following requirements in order to grant you a Care Worker Visa:

  • You are at least 18 years old;
  • If you are an adult social worker, doctor, nurse, or other health professional;
  • The job you have or the job you will have falls within one of the approved occupation codes in health or social care;
  • You work for a UK employer that is approved by the Home Office in the health and care sector;
  • A valid ‘certificate of sponsorship’ from your employer containing information about the position being offered to you;
  • If you have a minimum B1 CEFR score (IELTS 4.0) in the English language;
  • A minimum salary or a ‘going rate’ will be paid by the sponsor company, whichever is higher;
  • You are able to provide for yourself without relying on public assistance;
  • A criminal record certificate has been provided, if you work with vulnerable people.
  • If you are from a country on the list, you have provided a valid TB certificate.

Depending on your circumstances, you may need to satisfy different requirements. 

How Does Endorsement Work?

You must obtain an endorsement from an appropriate UK sports governing body in order to qualify for an International Sportsperson visa. The UK Sports Governing Body must verify that the following criteria have been met:

  • You have an international reputation at the highest level; 
  • At the highest level in the UK, you will significantly contribute to the development of your sport

Before your sponsor can assign a Certificate of Sponsorship, you must be endorsed by a relevant UK sports governing body.

How Do I Get a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS)?

In order for an individual to make a valid application for permission (also known as a visa) under the International Sportsperson visa and other sponsored work route, a sponsor must first assign a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to them.

You will need a valid Sponsorship Certificate for the job you are applying to undertake in the UK in order to obtain an International Sportsperson visa. Your sponsor must have been authorized by the Home Office to sponsor your job through the International Sportsperson route.

Sports sponsors must be based in the United Kingdom and must hold a sports sponsor licence. Sponsors can be either sporting bodies, sports clubs, event organizers, or other organisers of sporting events. Sport governing bodies approved by the Home Office will have endorsed the organization. On the International Sportsperson route, agents and overseas-based sports clubs and organizations cannot sponsor workers.

You will receive an International Sportsperson Certificate of Sponsorship confirming details such as the job and salary that has been offered to you, your qualification for the position, and the endorsement of an appropriate UK sports body.

As stated on the Certificate of Sponsorship, you will need to apply for an International Sportsperson visa at least three months before the start date of your position.

What are Financial Maintenance Requirements?

In most cases, you need at least £1,270 in cash, subject to the exemptions below.

The money must have been held for at least 28 consecutive days and not more than 31 days prior to the date of your Skilled Worker Visa application.

What are the English Requirements?

A person wishing to apply for a visa for international sportsperson for a period exceeding 12 months will be required to have language skills in English at level A1 in speaking and listening on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language.  

Either you must be a citizen of a majority English-speaking country or have passed an English language test at the required level or you must hold an academic qualification taught in English and recognized by Ecctis as equivalent to a UK bachelor’s, master’s or PhD program.

As an International Sportsperson you will not need to meet any English language requirements if you intend to stay in the UK for less than 12 months.

Can I Switch My Existing Visa to an International Sportsperson Visa?

If you were previously granted leave to remain in another immigration category, you may extend your stay by switching into the International Sportsperson route, unless you currently have, or were last granted, permission as a Visitor (unless visiting the UK as a sportsperson carrying out permitted sports activities, in which case switching is possible), Short-term student, Parent of a Child Student, Seasonal Worker, Domestic Worker in a Private Household or outside the Immigration Rules.

How Long is an International Sportsperson Visa Valid For?

You will be able to enter and remain in the UK for the period of employment listed on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days, or for 12 months, whichever is shorter, if you apply for an International Sportsperson visa for less than 12 months.

You will be permitted to enter and remain in the UK for a period equal to the period of employment recorded on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus 14 days, or for 3 years, whichever is shorter, if you apply for an International Sportsperson visa for more than 12 months.

You will be permitted to work at your sponsored job if your International Sportsperson visa application is approved. Additionally, you will be permitted to study and pursue additional employment.

In addition, you can work as a sportsperson for your national team while it is in the UK, participate in British University and College Sports (BUCS) competitions, and accept a temporary position as a sports broadcaster providing expert commentary on a specific sporting event.

When Can I Become Settled under the International Sportsperson Visa Route?

If an International Sportsperson has been granted leave as an International Sportsperson in the last 5 years for a period exceeding 12 months, they can apply for settlement in the UK after living there continuously for 5 years. 

It is possible to combine time in the International Sportsperson category with time in the Skilled Worker, Global Talent, Innovator, T2 Minister of Religion, Overseas Business Representative, or Tier 1 routes (other than Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)).

The 5 year period relied on must not have included more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12-month period.

It is important that your sponsor confirms that you will continue to work for them for the foreseeable future and that you will receive at least £35,800 annually.

To be eligible for the Life in the UK test, you must demonstrate English language proficiency at least at B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in speaking and listening.

This means that if you continue working for your sponsor (and meet compliance requirements) for a continuous period of 5 years, you are eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain which will then afford you a status equivalent to permanent residency.

At this point, you become free from immigration control and enter and leave the UK at your leisure without any visa requirements.

You also enjoy all of the same rights as a settled person in the UK

Can My Dependents Join me as an International Sportsperson?

In addition to a partner over the age of 18 and/or children under the age of 18, international athletes may be accompanied by dependent children. 

A dependent may also need to satisfy a financial requirement in addition to providing evidence of relationship. An International Sportsperson – or their partner or child – will need £285 for a partner, £315 for one child, and £200 for each additional child, unless they have been in the UK for at least 12 months, or if their employer will cover their costs during their first month in the UK. The money must have been held for at least 28 days, ending not more than 31 days before the application date.

As part of the settlement process, dependent partners of International Sportsperson must live in the UK for five years without abandoning it for more than 180 days every 12 months, demonstrate English language proficiency at least at level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and pass the Life in the UK test.

How Long Is the Processing Time for an International Sportsperson Visa?

Visa decisions for most International Sportsperson are made within three weeks.  If a visa application centre offers a priority service, you may be able to obtain a faster decision.

Most applications to extend stay as an international athlete are decided within eight weeks of submission.

How can UK Immigration Solicitors help me with My International Sportsperson Visa?

Our expert legal team are highly experienced in assisting with the below services (where the option has been made available by UKVI and is considered appropriate)

New Applications – We can help you assess the merits, challenges and solutions to any issues arising whilst making a new application for an International Sportsperson Visa

Dependents – We can help you make a successful application for your partner or children to join you as your dependents on your International Sportsperson Visa.

Legal Representations – Where applicable, if you find yourself in an unusual or challenging situation and want the Home Office to take notice of your special circumstances to ensure that you are treated fairly and your rights are respected, our expert team can make both oral and written persuasive legal representations.

Challenge a Refusal – If your application has been refused, we can consider your refusal for free and advise on the best course of action.

Administrative Review – Home Office or Immigration Rules can be challenged if the decision-maker failed to follow them correctly.

Judicial Review – If your application was denied illegally, unreasonable or procedurally improperly, our immigration lawyers can apply for Judicial Review and represent you at the Judicial Review hearing.

Appeal an Unfair Decision – The decision to refuse your application may provide you with a right of appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. Our expert lawyers can advise you on and handle Appeals before the Immigration & Asylum Chamber (First Tier & Upper Tribunal)

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The free assessment is carried out by an expert member of our Assesments Team.

We’ll identify your needs and objectives and figure out what your options are and whether you meet the requirements.

We’ll also explain exactly how we can help and issue you with a no obligation detailed proposal to take your case on.

You decide if you want us to help you through the journey having now understood your options.

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If we can help you and you have accepted our proposal of service, we’ll get you booked in for a one to one legal consultation with a lawyer.

This is normally done over the phone but can be facilitated in person too if necessary.

During the legal consultation with a fully regulated expert solicitor, we will explain of the detailed requirements of your chosen visa type and check and rectify any problems and create a legal strategy and documentaton list.

We’ll also give you a step by step guide of your tailored road map.


During the legal consultation, our lawyers will discuss documentary requirements.

We’ll explain exactly which documents you’ll need to support your application.

We’ll work with you to ensure we have everything we need and address any issues your personal circumstances present.

Together, we’ll ensure we have all of the required documentation.

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We’ll work with you through every step of the way to ensure that we have everything we need are we are both happy with your application by sharing a draft with you.

Once you have confirmed you are happy with our prepared application, we will submit this for you via secure transmission.

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Having submitted your application, we’ll guide you on how long we can expect the process to take.

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We’ll deal with any queries raised and make any required legal respresentations for you.

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We have illustrated our typical scope of service below so you can understand what we do for you as paid of our service:

  • Our immigration specialists carry out a free detailed assessment with you to understand your circumstances and needs.
  • The collated information is then reviewed by a senior immigration solicitor who will have no less than 8 years’ immigration experience.
  • Based on the information collected, the senior solicitor will then confirm what your options are and will also confirm if we are able to help you.
  • We will offer you an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation for us to handle your entire case until initial conclusion without obligation.
  • If we have officially taken your instructions, we will create a client file for you and collect detailed initial information.
  • We will then ensure you receive a personalised one-to-one legal consultation with a senior immigration solicitor who will take your full instructions by exploring your circumstances in detail and advise you on the best way to meet your objectives. The solicitor will explain the relevant legislations and provide you with advice on the steps that we would need to take to get a successful result.
  • The senior solicitor who carried out your legal consultation will then send you detailed written legal advice explaining everything that needs to be done and which documents will be required as part of the process. We will tell you about any problem areas and formulate a strategy to overcome/mitigate these.
  • We will carefully review any documents that you have provided in support of the application. These documents are then validated and formatted to ensure that they meet the UKVI specified evidence requirements. Where they do not, we will explain what needs to be done to address the issues.
  • Where required, we will prepare any necessary written legal arguments or representations that are required to support your application and gain an approval. Often, we may be required to make discretionary submissions.
  • We will complete a draft application and share this with you to ensure that all parties are happy with the representations that will be submitted to the Home Office.
  • We advise you on what application processing routes are available. In some cases, there are fast track or premium processing routes available. We may be required to book a Home Office appointment on your behalf.  Will also be able to confirm typical processing times for any processing centre in the world. We explain all options, routes and fees comprehensively allowing you to make the best choice.
  • We lodge the application on your behalf using our secure authenticated processes. Whilst your application is pending, we continue to ensure you receive maximum legal protection and ensure that your rights and allowances are upheld throughout the processing stage. We ensure that you are aware of and remain compliant with the immigration rules and regulations during this period. We will also keep you updated on the progress of your matter.
  • If any follow up work is required in response to any queries raised by the UKVI, we will also deal with these as part of the comprehensive service.
  • We secure a decision on your matter and further advise you on the relevant implications of that decision. If required, we will also confirm if any secondary applications are required and brief you on the necessary process and procedure for those also.

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If you have an immigration related problem or question, you can have a free assessment with a member of our assessments team.

The assessor will establish why you are calling and what you are looking for assistance with. The assessor will ask you a series of questions to determine your circumstances in relation to your objectives.

The assessment is 100% private and confidential. As we are a private law firm, we work with our clients to overturn Government decisions daily. We do not share any information with any third party.

Although the assessor will be a trained immigration specialist, they are not solicitors and therefore will not give you detailed legal advice or guidance.

If you want to establish what your options are and the best way forward for you, your assessor will collate the necessary information and then speak with one of the resident senior solicitors at the firm to determine what your options are, if and how we could assist and confirm whether we would be prepared to take your case. If we can assist, you will be provided with an Agreed Fixed Fee quotation which is a single legal fee to cover the firms cost of representation agreed from the outset and binding for all parties.

The free assessment is no obligation and you are merely given clarity on your position and options to move forward.

If you have a complex matter or require legal advice regarding a specific issue, you will most likely require a legal consultation.

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