If you are already in the UK under another visa category, you may be able to change (‘switch’) to Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa from inside the UK.

You can apply for switching into Tier 2 (Sportsperson) if all of the following apply:

  • you’re an elite sportsperson or qualified coach recognised by your sport’s governing body as internationally established at the highest level
  • your sport’s governing body is endorsing your application
  • your employment will develop your sport in the UK at the highest level
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements
  • you meet the immigration status requirement for switching into Tier 2 Sportsperson category

You will be awarded 50 points for your Certificate of Sponsorship in this category. In order for a Certificate of Sponsorship to be assigned, your sponsor will need to have obtained an endorsement for you from the appropriate governing body for your sport. The endorsement will confirm that:

  • you are internationally established as a player or coach at the highest level, and
  • your employment will make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest level in the UK; and
  • you intend to be based in the UK for the duration of your permission to stay; and
  • your post could not be filled by a suitable settled worker.

You must provide the original letter issued by the governing body containing the endorsement as part of your application for switching into Tier 2 sportsperson category.

If you meet the requirements of the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) category you will be granted leave up to 3 years depending on the job start and end dates that the Certificate of Sponsorship Checking Service shows you are being sponsored to do, with the possibility of extending for further 3 years. However, you will not be able to extend your total stay beyond 6 years. You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) once you have completed 5 years in the UK under Tier 2 sportsperson visa.

Who Can Switch Into Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa Category From Inside The UK?

For you to switch into Tier 2 sportsperson visa category, you must already be in the UK under any of the following visas or schemes:

  • Tier 1 visa
  • Tier 2 (General) visa
  • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa
  • Tier 2 (Intra-company transfer: established staff) visa and you’re applying to change sponsor
  • Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010 and you’re applying to change sponsor
  • Tier 4 visa, or you’re a on another kind of student visa - read ‘Switching from a Tier 4 visa’ below
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and Sporting) for a job as a professional footballer
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
  • Innovator Scheme
  • Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
  • International Graduates Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme)
  • Business and Commercial work permit (except multiple entry work permits)
  • Sports and Entertainment work permit (except multiple entry work permits)

You can also switch to a Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa if you meet the eligibility requirements and you’re:

  • a dependent partner of someone with a Tier 4 visa
  • a Jewish agency employee
  • operational ground staff of an overseas-owned airline
  • a minister of religion, missionary or member of a religious order
  • an overseas qualified nurse or midwife
  • writing up a thesis
  • a postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • a representative of an overseas business
  • a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation
  • a student union sabbatical officer

Switch from a Tier 4 or other student visa

You can switch from Tier 4 or other student visa to Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa if you have an eligible qualification from a licensed Tier 4 sponsor. They must have sponsored your visa to study for that qualification.

The eligible qualifications are:

  • a UK bachelors degree
  • a UK masters degree
  • a postgraduate certificate in education
  • a professional graduate diploma of education

The other student visa categories are:

  • student
  • student nurse
  • student re-sitting an examination
  • overseas qualified nurse
  • person writing up a thesis
  • postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • student union sabbatical officer

If you are a PhD student, you must have completed at least 12 months’ study for your PhD during your most recent stay in the UK as Tier 4 General Migrant.

Super Priority Service For Switching Into Tier 2 Sportsperson

As the expert immigration solicitors based in London & Manchester, we are registered with the Home Office, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) and its commercial partners UKVCAS Sopra Steria to provide Super Priority Service (SPS) for your application whereby decision on your application will be made by the Home Office UKVI within 24 hours of the submission of the application at a designated service centre.

Our immigration solicitors can prepare and submit your application to the Home Office, UKVI through Super Priority Service (SPS) and get decision on your immigration application within 24 hours. You will be accompanied to one of the application centres in London or Manchester by our legal representative who will assist you with the enrolment of your biometrics and submission of your application to get decision on your application in within 24 hours. This way, you will not have to wait for the decision on your application for months (sometimes years).

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Switching Into Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for switching into Tier 2 Sportsperson visa. The quality of our service is self-evident from the clients' reviews. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for switching into Tier 2 Sportsperson visa and owe will provide you with a fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your application for switching into Tier 2 Sportsperson 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 relation to your application for switching into Tier 2 Sportsperson visa;
  • Discussing your immigration case in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your Tier 2 Sportsperson application;
  • Assisting you and your employer with correctly assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for successfully switching into the Tier 2 Sportsperson visa category;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your application for switching into Tier 2 Sportsperson visa from inside the UK;
  • Considering the contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your Tier 2 Sportsperson application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing an online application form for switching into Tier 2 Sportsperson visa and discussing the same with you;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support your Tier 2 Sportsperson application explaining in detail the relevant requirements of the law and how such requirements are satisfied by you for successfully switching into the Tier 2 Sportsperson category;
  • Submitting your Tier 2 Sportsperson application to the Home Office, UKVI through our Same Day Visa Service to obtain a decision in one day;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your application for switching into Tier 2 Sportsperson visa;
  • Protecting your interests while your Tier 2 Sportsperson application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress on the application;
  • Doing all of the follow-up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until a decision is reached by the Home Office on your Tier 2 Sportsperson application;
  • Advising you on the outcome of your application and further steps to be taken by you (if any) following the receipt of a decision on your application.

Our Fee For Switching Into Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa

  • We will charge you a fee from £800 + VAT for our professional immigration services for an application for switching into Tier 2 Sportsperson visa through our Same Day visa Service. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in your Tier 2 Sportsperson application.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your Tier 2 Sportsperson application, you can pay half of the fee when instructing us and the rest can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until a decision is made by the Home Office, UKVI on your Tier 2 Sportsperson 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.

Sunrise Solicitors is the trading name of Sunrise Solicitors Ltd (company registration no. 6405492). Sunrise Solicitors Offices are regulated by SRA under SRA ID 490903 (London Office) and SRA ID 645256 (Manchester Office). Sunrise Solicitors are also members of Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA).

 

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