International Sportsperson Visa

  • International Sportsperson Visa
  • The UK International Sportsperson Visa is a category of visa designed for elite athletes and coaches who are internationally recognized in their sport and wish to come to the UK to compete, train, or coach at the highest level. This visa falls under the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) category of the UK’s points-based immigration system.

To qualify for this visa, athletes and coaches must have a sponsorship from a UK sporting organization that is recognized by the Home Office. The sponsoring organization must confirm that the individual meets the eligibility criteria, which typically include:

  1. Being internationally established at the highest level in their sport.
  2. Making a significant contribution to the development of their sport in the UK.
  3. Being endorsed by their sport’s governing body or recognized as an elite coach.

In addition to the sponsorship, applicants must also meet other immigration requirements, such as English language proficiency and financial maintenance.

The International Sportsperson Visa allows successful applicants to live and work in the UK for up to 3 years initially, with the possibility of extending their stay. They are permitted to compete, train, or coach at the highest level in their sport during their time in the UK.

This visa is designed to facilitate the entry of elite athletes and coaches into the UK, supporting the development of sport at the highest level and enabling international talent to contribute to the UK’s sporting landscape.