Football Visas

Our team understands that a football career in the UK is a dream for many and that making a footballing career in the UK come true, requires dedication and talent. Securing visas for temporary and long-term football players in the UK is often the last thing that players and clubs want to spend their time thinking about and so our team offers services designed to really take the stress out of the UK visa process for footballers and clubs. 

We have no wish to bombard football players and clubs with complex legal jargon, but it might be important to understand the basics, to enable football players, football coaches and football clubs to decide when it might be useful to seek legal advice or representation in their visa matters. Our team are well accustomed to navigating the complicated UK immigration laws for footballers and translating it into easy to understand and practical language.

There are designated routes for footballers and coaches who are considered to be elite sportspeople and coaches, who are internationally established at the highest level and whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level in the UK (and who will base themselves in the UK). These are mostly now found within Appendix T2 Sportsperson and Appendix T5 Creative and Sportsperson within the Immigration Rules. A successful application under these sporting visa categories, depends not only on meeting the legal requirements, but also providing specified evidential documents. 

A successful visa application for footballers and coaches wanting to come and work in the UK, may depend on having an endorsement from a governing body, a certificate of sponsorship from an approved sponsor in the UK and being able to meet the other eligibility and suitability requirements. Our team of sports immigration law professionals are able to guide footballers and football clubs through the UK’s immigration laws and represent them in their football visa and licence matters.

Some visa categories now specifically preclude footballers and coaches working in their field whilst on their visa. It is important to understand which routes allow non-British nationals to play or coach football in the UK and to remain compliant with any visa conditions in the UK. Other routes may allow a professional footballer or coach to work in the UK and you can click on the links below for further information on some of these.

  • Ancestry Visas
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK
  • Settled Status in the UK

Our services for professional footballers, coaches, football teams or football agents, will always start with a consultation. This allows us to take detailed instructions and to understand how we might best support our football player, football coach, football agent or football club. After this session we will be able to provide a detailed client care letter outlining the terms of our engagement and any expected costs. Charges will be at our standard hourly rate and may vary according to the experience of the designated representative at our firm. The football player, football coach, football agent or football club will be allocated a suitable, designated representative within our firm, who will be on hand as far as possible, to progress works and answer any visa or licence queries that may arise. Our team understands that email correspondence may be difficult at times for footballers and clubs.

Our team offers a full range of services relating to football visas, sponsor licences and immigration compliance, including liaising with the Home Office and governing bodies where appropriate. We warmly invite you to contact our team of experts with any queries you may have around UK visas for footballers, coaches, clubs and agents or to book in for a consultation to discuss your needs. 

Consultancy Prices:

Curzon Green (London based client) Fee: £250-£350 plus VAT per session which lasts up to an hour (depending on the experience of the person you book your consultation with).

Curzon Green (Buckinghamshire based client) Fee: £150-£250 plus VAT per session which lasts up to an hour (depending on the experience of the person you book your consultation with).

Contact Us

If you are unsure as to which service might be appropriate for your matter, or have any other queries about our immigration services, we warmly invite you to contact our team of experienced practitioners. You can do this by clicking on the links below or by telephoning or emailing our offices. You can explain to the receptionists that you are seeking to speak with the immigration team.

Telephone our offices:

London: 020 3443 9576

High Wycombe: 01494 451355

Marlow: 01628 958445

Email our immigration practitioners:

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