Tier 2 (Sportsperson): applying for indefinite leave to remain
Produced in partnership with Philip Trott of Bates Wells
Tier 2 (Sportsperson): applying for indefinite leave to remain

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

  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson): applying for indefinite leave to remain
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Applying when on/following time spent on maternity leave, etc
  • The minimum earnings threshold, including exemptions
  • Dependants
  • Form and procedure
  • Advice on grant of indefinite leave to remain
  • GOV.UK information pages on applications in this category

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?

Eligibility requirements

For applications submitted on or after 6 April 2017, a person with current or last granted leave under Tier 2 (Sportsperson) will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (also known as ILR or settlement) if they:

  1. do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal and are not an illegal entrant

  2. have spent a continuous period of five years lawfully in the UK most recently in Tier 2 (Sportsperson), but previously in any or any combination of the following categories:

    1. Tier 2 (General) migrant, Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) migrant or Tier 2 (Sportsperson) migrant

    2. Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) (ICT) migrant, provided the continuous period of five years spent lawfully in the UK includes a period of leave as:

      1. a Tier 2 (ICT) migrant granted under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010, or

      2. an ICT work permit holder

    1. Tier 1 migrant, other than as a Tier 1 (Post-Study Work) migrant or as a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) migrant

    2. representative of an overseas business

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