Sponsored employee: applying under International Sportsperson
Produced in partnership with Philip Trott of Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law and Matthew James of Bates Wells
Last updated on 20/11/2019

The following Immigration practice note produced in partnership with Philip Trott of Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law and Matthew James of Bates Wells provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Sponsored employee: applying under International Sportsperson
  • Key resources at a glance
  • Eligibility (points-based)
  • Eligibility (points-based)—English language requirement (10 points)
  • Eligibility (points-based)—financial requirement (10 points)
  • 12 months previous permission
  • Sponsor certification
  • Evidence of funds
  • Eligibility—various (non points–based)
  • Entry requirement and TB screening
  • More...

Sponsored employee: applying under International Sportsperson

The International Sportsperson route is for elite sports players and coaches who intend to work in the UK. The route was introduced from 11 October 2021 by Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 617, and replaced T2 Sportsperson, and the sporting element of T5 (Temporary Worker) Creative or Sporting Worker. It is a sponsored work category, which means that the applicant must be sponsored by an organisation that holds an A-rated licence from the Home Office under the International Sportsperson route.

The single International Sportsperson route now incorporates short-term and long-term options.

Entry clearance and permission to stay applications can only be made once the applicant has obtained endorsement from the relevant sports governing body and been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) by their sponsor. However, the issues associated with making an application for permission should be considered from the outset by both the sponsor and the applicant. For information on the sponsorship process, see Practice Note: Sponsoring an employee under International Sportsperson.

This Practice Note examines the following aspects of the application which relate to the applicant:

  1. eligibility including the English language, genuineness, financial, validity and suitability requirements

  2. period and conditions of permission

  3. dependants, and

  4. settlement

Key resources at a glance

Immigration RulesImmigration rules, Appendix International Sportsperson
Immigration Rules, Appendix Sports Governing Bodies
Immigration Rules, Appendix
Related documents:
Key definition:
Immigration Rules definition
What does Immigration Rules mean?

Statements contained in House of Commons or Command Papers setting out the practice to be followed in the administration of the Immigration Act 1971 for regulating the entry into and stay in the United Kingdom of those who do not have the right of abode (including the period for which leave is given and the conditions attached in different circumstances).

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