If you are an internationally-recognised elite sportsperson or coach and you wish to come to the UK to develop your sport, you may qualify for a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa.

Applicants for this permit are expected to make a major contribution to the development of their sport while living and working in Britain. This visa category is not appropriate for athletes making short-term visits to the UK compete in one-off sporting events.

You must meet certain criteria to qualify for a Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa. To be eligible, you must:

  • be recognised by the sport’s governing body as an elite sportsperson or qualified coach;
  • endorsed by the sport’s governing body; and
  • have a certificate of sponsorship from a Home Office approved sponsor.

There are additional criteria which may apply depending on your circumstances such as the English language requirements.