Tier 2


If you are an elite sportsperson or coach whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of your sport at the highest level.

You can only switch into Tier 2 if you meet the following criteria:

You must have successfully completed and passed a UK recognised bachelor’s or master’s degree, Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Diploma of Education or have completed a minimum of 12 months study in the UK towards a UK Ph.D. during your current period of leave or a period of continuous leave1 which includes your last grant of leave. and

You studied for the eligible award at a UK institution that is the UK recognised or listed body, or an education provider which holds a license for sponsoring students under Tier 4 of the Points-Based System.

Please note that successful Tier 2 (Sportsperson) applications will be granted leave up to 3 years with the possibility of extending for a further 3 years. You will not be able to extend beyond 6 years. You will not be able to re-apply to return to the UK under Tier 2 until 12 months after your last leave under Tier 2 expired or you can show you have been outside the UK for 12 months, whichever is sooner unless you will be paid a gross annual salary of £153,500 or more.


UK visas can sometimes take months before the decision is taken on them by the Home Office. We are registered and regulated by the OISC and if you are making in-country applications we can submit your application in the PEO and get the decision on the same day. The appointments need to be booked in advance and due to high demand it worthwhile to apply the earliest possible