Sponsoring an employee under the Creative or Sporting Worker route
Produced in partnership with Philip Trott of Vanessa Ganguin Immigration Law and Matthew James of Bates Wells

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:

  • Sponsoring an employee under the Creative or Sporting Worker route
  • Key resources at a glance
  • Procedure for sponsoring an employee
  • Sponsoring sportspeople
  • Sponsoring creative artists
  • Sportsperson—eligibility and procedure
  • Sportsperson—process
  • Creative artist—eligibility
  • Creative artist—procedure
  • Other considerations
  • More...

Sponsoring an employee under the Creative or Sporting Worker route

The Creative or Sporting Worker route is a subcategory of T5 (Temporary Worker). It permits applicants in the creative and sporting sectors to work or perform in the UK on a temporary basis.

In order to sponsor employees under the route, an organisation must have a Temporary Worker sponsor licence. The route is excluded from any annual limit in numbers of overseas migrants, and sponsors are able to request the number of undefined Certificates of Sponsorship (CoS) they require under on an annual basis. They also have the option to apply for additional undefined CoS as necessary throughout the year.

Under this route, sportspeople and coaches may enter for a period of up to 12 months. Creative artists and entertainers can enter for an initial period of up to 12 months, with the option in certain circumstances to extend their stay up to a maximum of 24 months in total. A sportsperson or creative artist may also be accompanied by their entourage.

For aspects relating to the applicant, including the financial, suitability and validity requirements, period and conditions of permission and dependants, see Practice Note: Sponsored employee: applying under the Creative or Sporting Worker route.

Key resources at a glance

Immigration RulesImmigration Rules, Appendix T5 (Temporary Worker) Creative or Sporting Worker
Immigration Rules,

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