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SRA Competency B


This course will consider the fundamentals of the visa routes available to sports persons coming to the UK, with a focus on professional footballers.

With detailed working examples taken from real football transfers, and a consideration of the Immigration Rules and Home Office guidance, the course is designed to act as a platform from which you will be able to provide options and flexibility to your clients.

What You Will Learn

This course will cover the following:

  • Tier 2 and Tier 5 (Sportsperson) visa categories
  • Understanding the sponsorship regime that regulates how clubs can employ sportspeople in the UK
  • To include an overview of the Tier 2 & Tier 5 visa categories, Certificates of Sponsorship and the SMS system
  • Understanding the specific eligibility requirements for sportspersons
  • Using the FA's governing body endorsement criteria as a basis for a detailed consideration of the necessary skill level that sportspeople must achieve
  • A consideration of the FA Exceptions Panel rules and guidance
  • A consideration of the Immigration Rules for sportspeople under Tiers 2 and 5
  • Sports visitor visa category
  • Understanding what activities sports persons can take part in whilst in the UK as a visitor
  • Using the example of a football transfer, a consideration of how a sports visitor visa can fit into the process of signing a non-EEA footballer
  • A consideration of the eligibility requirements for a sports visit visa under Appendix V of the Immigration Rules
  • Alternative options
  • Non-EEA alternatives:
    • Family routes
    • Spouse/partner visas; and
    • Ancestry visas
    • Alternative citizenship routes
  • Brexit and the wider landscape of sports immigration

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Seminar | 17.03.2020

London | 2:00pm - 5:15pm

Immigration & Sport

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