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Tier 2 Sportsperson

The Tier 2 (Sportsperson) category is for elite sportspeople and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level, and will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport. Your application will need to be endorsed by your sport’s governing body.

Eligibility Criteria

Criterion Points
Certificate of Sponsorship 50 points
English language Skills 10 points
Maintenance 10 points

In order for a Certificate of Sponsorship to be issued, your sponsor will need to have obtained an endorsement for you from the appropriate governing body for your sport. The endorsement will confirm that:

  • You are internationally established as a player or coach at the highest level, and
  • You will make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest level in the UK; and
  • You intend to be based in the UK for the duration of your permission to stay; and
  • Your post could not be filled by a suitable settled worker.

If you are a football player sponsored by a club in the UK, you do not need to make a new application if you move on loan to another club in the UK. You can continue to be sponsored by your original club. You should check with both clubs that they have made arrangements to manage the sponsorship duties.

If you are permanently transferred to another football club in the UK, or if you are moving on loan from a club overseas to a club in the UK, then you must make a new application. You will need a new Certificate of Sponsorship and a new governing body endorsement.


Please note that successful Tier 2 (Sportsperson) applications will be granted leave up to 3 years with the possibility of extending for a further 3 years. You will not be able to extend beyond 6 years. You will not be able to re-apply to return to the UK under Tier 2 until 12 months after your last leave under Tier 2 expired or you can show you have been outside the UK for 12 months, whichever is sooner, unless you will be paid a gross annual salary of £152,100 or more. This will be the case even if you have been in Tier 2 for less than 6 years. If you leave your job with your Tier 2 Sponsor early, you should ensure that your Sponsor notifies UKBA that you have left so that UKBA can curtail your leave. This is important as the 12 months is counted from the date that your leave ends.

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