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Our specialist immigration lawyers in London can be your perfect teammate in assisting you with all aspects of your UK visa. Our team of immigration lawyers have over 18 years combined experience in working within all areas of UK immigration, including sports immigration law. Whether you’re an elite sports player who has signed for a new club, an olympic level athlete, or an individual who has received endorsement to play for a local team in the UK, our London based immigration lawyers can confidently and accurately advise you on your immigration matter.

The UK has a long tradition of hosting sporting events such as the olympics, commonwealth games and the Europa League, and attracting the finest sportspersons to compete here. Sports immigration law is in place to reflect this, making the process of securing a UK visa fast and easy.

To discuss your sports immigration case with our team, please get in touch for a confidential and commitment free chat.

What requirements exist for sportspeople to enter the UK?

To enter the UK as a sportsperson, there are 4 broad requirements. These are intended for use as a guide only and are not a substitute for tailored legal advice.

1. The applicant must have a certificate of sponsorship.

This means that the individual must be employed by someone who has a licence to employ sportspersons. For example, if a professional footballer wished to sign for a UK club and they did not have the appropriate rights to work in the UK, they could then only join a football club which held the appropriate Tier 2 licence.

2. The applicant must also have the endorsement of a designated body.

Every sport has a professional overseeing body which will endorse the sportsperson as broadly skilled enough that they deserve a certificate in their favour. For example, the Football Association would grant an endorsement for a football player, and without it the club could not sign the player. All governing bodies in sports immigration, have a general criteria to assess a player’s skill. It is usually based on their promise as a sportsperson, or whether they have played in 75% of their country’s international games over a specific period of time.

3. The sportsperson must meet the English Language Requirements.

This is usually set at IELTS 6.5. If the sportsperson does not have this, there is an option to apply for a temporary visa to play as a sporting worker under Tier 5, which does not require English Language.

4. Proof of having funds to support themselves whilst in the UK.

Individuals should be able to show that they have the appropriate level of funds in their bank accounts to support themselves, and any dependents, whilst in the UK. Bank records would need to be shown covering the previous 3 months. Alternatively, the sportsperson’s employer can cover the costs of the applicant and their family if this is evidenced in the application..

The above rules do not apply if the applicant has alternative permission to work in the UK, for example:

  • The applicant is a British overseas territories citizen.
  • The applicant is a Commonwealth citizen, because at least one of your grandparents was born here – see the UK ancestry page for further details.
  • The applicant has indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom.

For assistance with sports immigration, please get in touch with a member of our team. We have worked with a number of businesses and individuals, across a variety of sports, countries and levels. Our team of immigration lawyers in London have connections with a number of endorsing bodies, and can assist you in making the process easy.

Public Figures & Celebrities

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Westkin Associates works with a range of clients and increasingly has assisted public figures and celebrities with their immigration requirements for visiting and or working in the U.K.

The U.K is an attractive destination for a multitude of reasons. Regardless of whether you are drawn to its booming economy, excellent array of cultural events or simply want to experience another way of life, Westkin Associates can help you with your immigration needs. For both business and leisure, the U.K is one of the most popular destinations in the world and attracts visitors from many different countries.

Our discreet, quick and efficient service means that we can handle every step of the application process, met your deadlines and obtain the visa that you seek. We are regulated to the highest level by the OISC and have worked across all areas of UK bound immigration. Our honest, clear and detailed advice means that with Westkin Associates you know exactly what you need to provide in terms of  documents, how your application is progressing and when you will be able to obtain it. We also provide a super fast track service allowing our immigration lawyers to work around your needs. For more information contact ourselves using the Enquiry Box on this page, or call us on 0207 118 4546.

Working with efficiency, discretion and always delivering on results, Westkin Associates is your got go to immigration law firm in the United Kingdom.

Our experiences and approachable teams can project manage every aspect of your application so you can focus on your day to day life without interpruption.

Contact us today  to speak to one of our immigration experts. 

We regularly undertake work for UK based foreign celebrities, foreign spouses of UK celebrities or, commonly assisting domestic workers of foreign nationals.

We pride ourselves on providing a discreet service, keeping our clients outside of the public eye. This can include going above and beyond what would normally be expected from a law firm.

In order to protect those public figures from any exposure we can assist by running appointments away from our offices either at their client’s homes or offices.

We also ensure that if we are conducting an appeal where a public figure needs to attend, we make sure that we ask for the public court to be cleared so the hearing can be in private. We also ensure that a private room for consultations is pre reserved at court.

Those in the public eye also carry busy lives with very little time for preparing an immigrations case, we ensure that our immigration lawyers provide the highest levels of responsiveness, looking to take the burden away from our clients.

Amongst London’s immigration lawyers, barristers, or solicitors, we are confident to provide professional, honest, and the best immigration legal service for our clients from local or around the world.


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