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. An application needs to be endorsed by the sport’s governing body.
Applicants are assessed on a points based system with points awarded based on:
- Certificate of Sponsorship from the sport’s governing body
- English language ability
- Maintenance funds
Successful applicants can enter and stay in the UK for a maximum of 3 years plus 1 month, or the time given in the certificate of sponsorship plus 1 month, whichever is shorter.
If going to the UK as a sportsperson for a short time, applicants should apply under Tier 5 (Temporary worker – creative and sporting).