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

  • Sponsoring an employee under Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
  • Sponsorship procedure
  • Governing body endorsement of the sponsor
  • Governing body endorsement of the migrant
  • Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Multiple Entry Certificates of Sponsorship
  • Certificate of Sponsorship fee in pounds sterling
  • Changes of employment, including loans

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?

Tier 2 (Sportsperson) is for elite sports players and coaches:

  1. who are internationally established at the highest level

  2. whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level in the UK

  3. 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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