Sportsman Visa

Sportsman Visa


If you are an elite sportsperson or qualified coach, who is recognised by your sport’s governing body as being at the highest level in your profession internationally, and you have been endorsed by that body to come to the UK, you may be eligible for this route.


You can apply for this visa up to 3 months before the date you are due to start working in the UK, which can be found on your Certificate of Sponsorship or possibly your offer of employment.

When applying from outside the country you will usually receive a decision within 3 weeks, and if you are applying from within the UK you will usually get a decision within 8 weeks. You may be able to pay for a faster decision.


You can apply for this route both from outside and inside the UK. If applying from inside the UK, you need to ensure that you are switching from an eligible category.


You must have a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) that has been assigned to you by an approved sponsor. You must have also been issued with an endorsement letter from your relevant Sports Governing Body, which confirms that you are internationally established in your career at the highest level, and that your employment will make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest level in the UK. You will also need to prove your knowledge of the English language and demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself in the UK or that your employer has certified your maintenance.

Why KTS Legal?

At KTS Legal, we will assist you with drafting and submitting a comprehensive application that satisfies all of the immigration rules for a Sportsperson visa.