Given that Sport and Physical Activity contributes £39 billion ( Sept 2022) to the UK’s economy it is not surprising that the UK is a top destination for Sport Professionals/Athletes.
If you are an elite sportsperson or qualified coach aged over 16 who is sponsored, then you may be able to come to the UK on an International Sportsperson Visa.
There are three main immigration routes available to sportspersons’:
- Sports Visitor
- Permitted Paid Engagement
- International Sportsperson
Sports Visit Visa
This is for amateur and professional sportspersons, which includes both individuals and teams, technical or support staff of sportspersons and officials aiming to visit the UK for a period of up to 6 months whilst undertaking permitted unpaid sporting activities.
Permitted Paid Engagement Visa
This Visa is available to certain professionals and experts who wish to visit the UK for up to 1 month so that they can undertake a paid engagement relating to their expertise and occupation.
International Sportsperson Visa
This Visa is for elite sportspersons as well as qualified sport coaches who are at the highest level of their respective sport internationally. This Visa requires the applicant to be sponsored on either a short or long-term contract and endorsed by the appropriate UK sports governing body.
We assist and give advice to: Sportspersons, Coaches and Clubs.