NEW IMMIGRATION RULES ANNOUNCED FOR SPORTS PERSON
From 1 January 2021, free movement of European Union nationals will terminate, and the UK will produce a points-based immigration system. Under the new points based immigration system, all EU and non-EU nationals will be considered equally which will totally change the way in which EU nationals come to the UK to seek employment.
An employer should be aware that sportsperson will have a couple of additional rules to follow when applying for work visa in the UK.
Please note that there are two tiers in the new points-based system under which sportsperson fall for the intention of immigration:
- Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
- Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Sporting)
International sportsperson should also have a verified job offer and their employment sponsored by a UK employer authorized by the UK Home Office. Moreover, they should have an validation from the related governing sports body.
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Presently, if an employer want to employ an applicant who does not already have the right to work in the UK, your employer will be required to sponsor the applicant. All organisations and companies who desire to sponsor their employees should get a sponsor licence. To sponsor a sportsperson under the Tier 2 or Tier 5 categories, the employer should be a sporting body, sports club, event organiser or other organiser in service, or planning to work in the sporting sector.
Getting an authorization from the governing body for a sport which should be authorized by the UK Home Office – presently applies only to sportspersons who does not have the right to work in the UK. Every governing body will have its individual collection of obligations.
It will be very fascinating to see if these obligations modify at all when EU citizens no longer have the right to work in the UK.
Please keep in mind that this is still very much progressing and we will upload updates about it in due course when the immigration rules have been further explained by the UK Home Office.