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Tier 2 (Sportsperson) is for elite sports players and coaches:
who are internationally established at the highest level
whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level in the UK
who intend to base themselves in the UK
It is not possible for sports players or coaches to be sponsored under the Tier 2 (General) or Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) sub-tiers.
Sports players and coaches are also not able to use the Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) or Tier 1 (Investor) categories as these have conditions of leave barring employment as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach). Those who apply and are granted leave in the category of dependant of a Points-Based System migrant on and after 6 April 2014 are also subject to the same restriction. The Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting) sub-tier may be suitable, but is intended for entry to work for a period of up to 12 months only. See: Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting)—overview.
This Practice Note discusses key factors a sponsoring
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