When applying for a visa as a Sporting Worker, you need your sponsors to be UK-based sports clubs , sporting facilitators, event coordinator, and other sporting organizers, this will enable you to travel to the UK via Sports Sponsorship. The agencies or firms require an endorsement from the pertinent, Home Office-approved, sports governing body for the applicants’ sports.
The sponsors issuing applicants Certificate of Sponsorship will secure endorsements for you from the relevant United Kingdom Sports Governing Body for the specific sports.
The relevant United Kingdom Sports Governing Body will confirm that:
- You are an internationally established coach or player at the highest level and/or will make a significant contribution to the development of the sport at the highest level in the UK.
- You are not a settled worker, as settled workers cannot fill these positions.
You need a copy of your sports governing body endorsement letter. When your sponsors issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to you, they will guarantee that:
- You are internationally established at the highest level in your sport.
- Your employment will bring significant contributions to the development and operation of the particular sport in the UK.
If the application of the UK Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting Visa (T5) is successful, then you can enter and remain in the UK for either 12 months, or the time stated on your Certificate of Sponsorship plus up to 14 days before and after the period of leave granted, whichever is shorter. Sporting workers can extend their stay in the United Kingdom for a period of 12 months maximum.
If the application for a UK Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting Visa (T5) is successful, you can work for your sponsors in the job described on your Certificate of Sponsorship. You can also secure a second job in the same sector and at the same level as their main jobs for up to 20 hours per week. This means your work on the Skilled Worker shortage occupation list is for up to 20 hours per week. Sporting Workers can work as sports persons for their national teams while it is playing in a British University and College Sport (BUCS) competition or work as a sports broadcaster.
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