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(Tier2 _ Sportsperson visa)

* Overview

* Eligibility

* Knowledge of English

* Documents you must provide

* How to apply

* Request an extension

*Change your current visa to this type of visa

* Family members

* Get a second job

General conditions

Documents required to obtain a UK sports visa

Application process for obtaining a UK sports visa

Apply for a visa extension to obtain a UK sports visa

Change your visa type to UK Sport and Arts

Required Documents

You must provide the following documents when applying for a UK visa:

Valid passport or travel documents and old passports (if available)

A bank statement showing that you have had at least 45 945 in your account for a full 3 months before applying for a visa. This amount proves that you are eligible for financial support and must have this amount in your bank account for 3 months before applying for a visa.

If you are a citizen of a “designated country”, you must have the TB test result with you.

If you are applying for a UK visa as an athlete or coach, you must provide confirmation from your Home Office

You must also have a blank passport page to apply for a visa.

You do not need to have pounds 945 in your account if you have a “Grade A”sponsor who confirms in your certificate of support that he or she will pay your expenses and that you will not claim benefits during your stay.


If your documents are not in English or Welsh, you must provide an “official translation” of them.

See the “Complete List of Documents “for more information on the complete list of documents you must submit.

Note that depending on your circumstances, you may need to provide additional documentation.


Athletic visa (row 2)



You can only apply for a Grade 2 (Athletic) visa if the following conditions are met:

  • Be an elite athlete or a qualified coach with an internationally recognized level of professionalism.
  • Your sports governing body should sign your application.
  • In the UK, your sport will be developed at the highest level.
  • Located in an area outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
  • Be able to meet other skill requirements.

Get a sponsor

Your sponsor is the governing body that signs your application. They will issue you a certificate of financial support to prove that they are your sponsor.

How long does it take?

You can apply for a visa for up to 3 months before you start working in the UK. This date in the document

Your sponsorship is included.

You will be notified of your visa decision within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.

You can check the processing time to find out how long it may take to get a visa in your country.

Additional treatment costs

You will have to pay for the extra treatment as part of your application. Before you apply, check the fee you have to pay.

If you are applying for or applying for a visa extension or replacement in the UK

You will have to pay pounds 19 to get your biometric information (fingerprint and photo).

Faster decision on your visa application

If you have applied for an extension or replacement in the UK, you can pay the following additional fees to speed up the decision-making process:

  • pounds 477 for priority services for decision making within 10 business days.
  • 10 610 for Super Priority Services to make decisions during a business day.

How long is your stay?

You can come to the UK for up to three years with a 2nd class (sports) visa.

You can apply for a visa extension for another three years, up to a maximum of 6 years.

What you can do and what you can not do

you can:

  • Work in the job listed on your sponsor’s certificate.
  • In certain circumstances, have a second job.
  • Play for your national team in the UK.
  • Work as a sports expert on radio and television.
  • Do volunteer work.
  • You can study as long as your education does not interfere with the job for which you are sponsored.
  • Travel abroad and return to the UK.
  • Bring your family members with you.

You can not:

  • Get a general allowance.
  • Start a business.
  • Apply for a second job until you start working for your sponsor.




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