Sponsored employee: applying under Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
Produced in partnership with Philip Trott of Bates Wells
Sponsored employee: applying under Tier 2 (Sportsperson)

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

  • Sponsored employee: applying under Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
  • Eligibility
  • Points scoring—attributes
  • Points scoring—English language
  • Points scoring—maintenance
  • Cooling-off period and maximum leave grants
  • Parental consent and suitable arrangements if applicant is under 18
  • General grounds for refusal
  • Dependants
  • Is Tier 2 (Sportsperson) the best option?
  • More...

STOP PRESS: This Practice Note is being updated to reflect changes to the Immigration Rules further to Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 813. For further information on these changes, see: LNB News 22/10/2020 80. See also Practice Note: The post-Brexit immigration system: what will it look like?

This Practice Note covers key considerations for internationally established sportspersons and coaches seeking entry clearance or leave to remain under the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) sub-tier.

Tier 2 (Sportsperson) is a sponsored work category and all migrants seeking to enter under this sub-tier must be sponsored by an organisation that holds a licence from the Home Office under the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) sub-tier.

For information on the sponsorship process, see Practice Note: Sponsoring an employee under Tier 2 (Sportsperson).

Entry clearance and leave to remain applications can only be made once a sportsperson has been assigned a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) by their sponsor. However, the issues associated with making an application for leave should be considered from the outset by both the sponsor and sportsperson.


All applicants under the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) sub-tier must:

  1. not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal and, if applying in the UK, the person must not be an illegal entrant

  2. score a minimum of 50 points under the Immigration Rules, Appendix A, paras 93–100 (ie they must hold

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