You can apply to come to the UK with this visa if you are a sportsperson or coach from outside off the European Economic Area (EEA) who is recognised by your sport’s governing body as playing or coaching at an international level.
You must be able to demonstrate that your coming to the UK will contribute to the development of your sport in the UK at the highest level.
You must also be endorsed by your sport’s governing body, and hold a certificate proving this endorsement.
You will also have to show that you have sufficient knowledge of the English language to get by while you are in the UK. This can be done by holding a certificate which shows you have passed an approved English language test with at least CEFR Level B1 in reading writing speaking or listening.
Alternatively, if you hold an academic qualification of at least bachelors degree level, which was taught in and accredited by the English and National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), then you will pass this requirement.
If you are granted this visa you will be able to stay in the UK for up to three years, after which the visa can be extended by another three years.
You will be able to play for your national team within the UK, work as a sports broadcaster, carry out voluntary work, study and bring family members (partner or dependent children under 18) to live in the UK with you.
You can also work for up to 20 hours a week in a second job, providing it is within the same profession and at the same level as the job you are doing for the employer you were sponsored by, work in any job which is on the Shortage Occupation List for up to 20 hours per week, and carry out unpaid voluntary work.
You will not be allowed to access public funds (benefits) or to start or run your own business in the UK.