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UK Working Visa - Sports Person

We can assist you if you or those you represent are internationally established at the highest level in your sport, and whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of that particular sport in this country at the highest level. Coaches must also be suitably qualified at the highest level. You will need to show that the applicant is currently internationally established at the highest level.

We specialise in bringing over International Footballers to the UK and if you are an agent with special dealings with International players please do not hesitate to use our services in this category.

CRITERIA:

A player must have played for his country in at least 75% of its competitive 'A' team matches he was available for selection, during the two years preceding the date of the application; and,

  • The player's country must be at or above 70th place in the official FIFA world rankings when averaged over the two years preceding the date of the application.

COMPETITIVE MATCHES:

The definition of a competitive 'A' team international match is a:

  • World Cup Finals game
  • World Cup Qualifying group game
  • Football Association confederation tournament game, for example:
    - The FIFA Confederations Cup;
    - The UEFA European Championships and Qualifiers;
    - The African Cup of Nations and Qualifiers;
    - The Asia Nations Cup and Qualifiers;
    - The CONCACAF Gold Cup;
    - The CONCACAF The Copa Caribe;
    - The CONMEBOL Copa America;
    - The OFC Nations Cup and
    - The UNCAF Nations Cup

INTERNATIONAL APPEARANCES:

Before submitting an application, clubs should provide written confirmation of the player's international appearance record over the preceding two years highlighting the competitive 'A' matches. This should be obtained from the player's home association. Work Permits (UK) will be unable to make a decision on the application until written evidence is provided. If any evidence submitted needs verifying, Work Permits (UK) will liaise with other parties and verify all information through all available sources, if necessary.

INJURIES:

Exclusion from selection for international matches due to injury or suspension will be taken into consideration when applying the criteria. Clubs should submit supporting evidence in such cases stipulating the games the player has missed.

It should be noted that where a player is listed as on the substitutes bench, they will not be considered as injured when reaching a decision on a work permit application.

FIFA RANKINGS:

There are currently 204 international teams listed in the official FIFA world rankings. Those countries which have regularly achieved a 70th placing or higher over a period of two years are regarded as nations who have competed regularly at a highly competitive international level, and, have players of the highest standard who have contributed consistently to the achievement of that world ranking.

Work Permits (UK) will produce the aggregated two-year rankings list on a monthly basis when the official FIFA world rankings are published and those countries ranked 70th or above meet the criterion. If clubs have any queries about the rankings they should contact us for advice.

Please fill out this inquiry form in order for us to assist you further. Alternatively, please contact us on 020 7706 8745 or email us at .

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