You can apply for this visa if you are an elite sportsperson or a qualified coach, who is recognised by your sport’s governing body, as well as recognised on an international level and you have been officially endorsed and you.
You need to fulfil the following criteria:
- You come from a country outside the EEA or Switzerland
- You have obtained a certificate of sponsorship in the form of a reference number
- Your knowledge of English is adequate
- You have appropriate funds to support yourself on your bank account for ninety days before you apply (with some exceptions)
You would need a valid passport and travel identification, tuberculosis test result (if you are coming from a certain country where the test is mandatory), bank statements showing funds, evidence of meeting the English language requirement and endorsement letter.
You can extend your visa before it expires, however you need to include all family members you have brought to the UK with you, in the application.
If you still meet the visa eligibility criteria, you can extend your stay in the UK for up 3 years and 14 days. Once your visa expires, you need to leave the UK and apply again if a year has passed and your last sponsorship certificate was valid for less than three months, and you will earn a gross yearly income of at least £155,300.
If you wish to secure another job in the UK in a different field, you would need to obtain another Tier 2 Sportsperson Visa.