You can switch to a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting) visa if you’re in the UK as a sports or entertainer visitor, and your sponsor gave you a certificate of sponsorship for this visa before you came to the UK.

You can also switch to this visa if you enter the UK as a sports or entertainer visitor after 28 April 2015.

Before you apply for switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker visa, you must have:

  • a sponsor; and
  • a valid certificate of sponsorship (CoS) assigned to you by your sponsor.

The creative and sporting category is not for people who want to come or who are already in the UK as entertainers or sports visitors, including for specified festivals.

Eligibility

Your eligibility for a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting) visa depends on whether you’re a sports person or a creative worker.

Sports person

If you are a sportsperson, you must be internationally established at the highest level in your sport, and/or your employment must make a significant contribution to the development and running of sport at the highest level in the UK.

If you are a coach, you must be suitably qualified to do the job.

You’ll also need all of the following:

  • a certificate of sponsorship reference number
  • £945 in savings - this is to prove you can support yourself and you must have had this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply. You won’t need £945 in savings if your fully approved (‘A-rated’) sponsor has stated on your certificate of sponsorship that they’ll certify your maintenance and that you won’t claim benefits during your stay.

Before assigning your certificate of sponsorship (CoS) in the sporting sub-category, your sponsor must have an endorsement for you from the governing body for your sport, which confirms you meet the governing body's requirements to give their endorsement. The governing body must be recognised by the Home Office, UKVI.

Creative worker

You need all of the following to be eligible for switching into the creative category of the Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker visa:

  • make a unique contribution to the UK labour market, e.g. you are internationally renowned or are required for continuity
  • certificate of sponsorship reference number
  • be paid the minimum salary as set by Equity, PACT or BECTU (except for models, musicians or circuses)
  • £945 in savings - this is to prove you can support yourself and you must have had this in your bank account for 90 days before you apply. You won’t need £945 in savings if your fully approved (‘A-rated’) sponsor has stated on your certificate of sponsorship that they’ll certify your maintenance and that you won’t claim benefits during your stay.

Points Scoring for Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker Visa

For you to switch into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting worker visa, you must score:

  • 30 points for possessing a valid Certificate of Sponsorship (Appendix A of the Immigration Rules); and
  • 10 points for Maintenance (Funds) (Appendix C of the Immigration Rules).

Same Day Visa Service For Switching Into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker Visa

We provide Same Day Visa Service (also known as the Home Office Premium Service) for applications for switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker visa from inside the UK. We can submit your Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application through our Same Day Visa Service and can get a decision on your application in one day. As the Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application also involves an application for Biometric Immigration Document, therefore the Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker applicant and his/her dependents are required to attend the Home Office, Premium Service Centre to enrol their biometrics. You will be accompanied by our Legal Representative who will assist you with enrolment of biometrics and submission of your Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application. Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application submitted through our Same Day Visa Service is usually decided the same day.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Switching Into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker Visa?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker visa. The quality of our service is self-evident from the clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker visa and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your application for switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker visa, the immigration casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the Home Office, UKVI in your application for switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker visa;
  • Discussing your immigration case in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application;
  • Assisting you and your employer with correctly assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for successful switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker category;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your application for switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker category from inside the UK;
  • Considering contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing the online application form for Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker leave and discussing the same with you;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support the Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application wherein our immigration lawyers will explain in detail the relevant requirements of the law and how such requirements have been duly satisfied by you for successfully switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker category;
  • Submitting your Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application to the Home Office, UKVI through our Same Day Visa Service to get a decision on your application in one day;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your application for switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker visa;
  • Protecting your interests while your  Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress on your Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application;
  • Doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until decision is reached on your Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application;
  • Advising you on the outcome of your application and further steps to be taken by you following receipt of the decision on your application.

Our Fee For Switching Into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker Visa

  • We will charge you a fee from £1,000 + VAT for our professional immigration services for an application for switching into Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker visa through our Same Day visa Service. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and the balance can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI on the Tier 5 Creative & Sporting Worker application. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee, Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) etc.

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