This visa category is designed for individuals looking to come into the UK to work as sportspersons, entertainers or creative artists for up to twelve months.
In order to be eligible to make an application under this category, you must be established at the highest level and internationally on you field and are making real contribution to the development of your field at the highest level in the United Kingdom.
Coaches looking to apply under this category must ensure that they are duly qualified to be coaches in their field and at the required level.
The following must be taken not account while making an application under this category: -
Prior to assigning your CoS, the governing body for your sport must have given an endorsement specifying that you have met their standards and requirements. It is important that the governing body must be recognised by the government.
If you are from the Republic of Ireland and are not an EEA national or from Switzerland, you will be required to apply for the visa if you intend to travel to the UK on this category.
If you are looking to live and work in the UK as a non-EEA national, you will be required to provide a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor who has been employed or runs a company in the UK before you can apply to come to the UK to work. Your job must be related the work of your sponsor’s organisation.
The processing times to get a decision on your visa varies from country to country but ideally, your visa should be decided on within 3 weeks of your application. You should also apply for the visa 3 months before your due date to start work which is the earliest allotted time. Your application date is on your certificate of sponsorship.
Reiss Edwards has a team of immigration solicitors that can take you through your application process as well as offer ample information and advice through your process. If you have more enquiry regarding the Tier 5 creative & sporting work visa in the UK, get in touch.